The other day I was sitting in my office and I overheard another foreigner speaking poorly about some Thai people. The mama bear inside of me just could not hear what this person was saying, and I had to say something.
I was able to share the Thai’s perspective and give this person insight as to why the Thai responded as they did.
Afterwards, I noticed two things. One, it’s very important to learn about a people group and culture before entering in and doing ministry. Two, I am really passionate about the Thai people.
It was extremely uncomfortable to sit in that room for 5 minutes, hearing example after example of how they were not respecting and loving the Thai people well. I had to defend them. There was no one else in the room to do so, and I needed to speak up.
I needed to speak up for two reasons, for the Thai people who couldn’t speak up for themselves AND for the one who was serving and breaking many cultural norms. This person still has a few more days left in Thailand, and they will continue to go out and serve. Maybe with a newer perspective, they’re more equipped to serve better.