I want to interrupt my adoption posts (kind of) to say a little something about the woman that catapulted my story years and years before I was born. My grandmother. She and her husband (my father’s dad), who I unfortunately never got a chance to meet, responded to a call upon their hearts to be missionaries in Ethiopia. My grandfather was an engineer who installed short-wave radio communication between mission stations, installed water systems, as well as surveyed and built building (including a school and the house that they lived in!). He also ran an elementary school on their mission station in the village of Haro. The FIRST SCHOOL that the children in that area ever had!! My grandmother supported, loved, and sustained her family by buying food and cooking without electricity, washing clothes without electricity, driving kids around in a busy foreign country, and I’m sure assisting my grandfather in the school, and so much more. Who knew that while taking care of, teaching, and comforting all those little Ethiopian boys and girls, she would one day have a little Ethiopian granddaughter of her own! Her strength and tenacity has been something I have always admired. To be honest, I was never (and still kind of so) super comfortable around adults and the older generation. There was a reverence I felt like they needed to have, and rightly so with the amount of life that they have lived; and so I felt the need to admire and respect from afar. But I am thankful for the ways in which my grandmother truly was the backbone and rock for her family. She has certainly left behind a legacy that is to be remembered and honored for generations to come. It was because of her devotion to Jesus and response to His call that I get to live the life I live today. While I can’t wait to meet my other grandparents one day (pictured to the right), I feel so thankful to call Inis Gillihan, “grandma”. -- By the way, she turned 99 yesterday!! Almost a century lived; crazy. -- #nationaladoptionmonth #overseas #crosscultural #adoption #thirdworld #biological #adoptwell #adopt #adoptionstory #ethiopianadoption #ethiopianwomen #capturingpeopleshearts #ezerministries #jesus #christian
It´s a pleasure to welcome our Hungarian group in Tenerife. Hope you will learn a lot and enjoy your time here! @bekescsabaiszc Thank you for @acttiv @hdparquecristobaltfe @queseriamontesdeoca See below the first day activities in pictures📸👇🏻 #Erasmusplus #internships #travelingtolearn #learningtotravel #ViajarParaAprender #AprenderViajando #hungarianteam #hungary #teamwork #teachers #experience #tenerife #tenerifelicidad #moments #cultural #crosscultural #erasmuslife #erasmusgrand #erasmusplus
A couple of weeks ago, my family was out celebrating Halloween in our costumes at a spooky themed restaurant in NYC. As I was about to take a picture of our group outside the restaurant, two young Black men walking by stopped and offered to take the picture so I could be in it. I happily accepted the offer and joined my family. The man holding my phone then pretended he was about to run off with it then quickly laughed, said “just kidding” and took the picture. It was all very good-natured and we didn’t get the impression he was actually going to run off, but I cringed a little on the inside hoping he hadn’t joked about that. There was an element of “I know this is what you might be fearing” in it that risks perpetuating the very stereotype we want to eliminate. It reminded me of another incident a few years back when I lived abroad. I was at a salsa party in Copenhagen, Denmark that had invited a very well-known and respected salsa dancer to perform. He was Mexican-American living in L.A. at the time. When introduced to the crowd, he started making derogatory jokes about different Latin groups. I specifically remember him making a joke about Puerto Ricans stealing and being lazy. The crowd was mostly Scandinavian specifically and European generally, and his jokes created an awkwardness manifested as a little nervous laughter and forced smiles. I just wanted him to stop. He was in a room filled with non-Latinos who loved salsa music and dance and rather than focusing on the positive, he was bringing us Latinos down by sharing jokes they couldn’t relate to and running the risk of being taken as informative rather than entertaining. So please, as a Puerto Rican, a Latina and a person of color, I ask that you be mindful of your audience if you choose to make jokes that perpetuate negative stereotypes about ourselves or yourself. Or better yet, take a pass on them altogether.
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Make sure to eat your couscous from the outside in and stay in your triangle! Happy Friday. #fridaymotivation #lunch #moroccancuisine #moroccanfood #food #eat #goabroad #studentexchange #travels #indefinitedestination #traveling #exchangeprogram #travelwithpurpose #travellikealocal #culturalappreciation #intercultural #couscous #internationaleducation #culturaldiversity #learnlanguages #crosscultural #educationispower #educationabroad #morocco #wanderlust #lovemorocco #morocco #imprintedabroad #sasfa19
🏆👩🎓My BBA 1 « Introduction to cross cultural communication » students framed! This picture marks the end of our semester. I thank y’all for your attention and the projects you carried out! Had a blast with your class, it was again very enriching on a human point of view to have you share your cross cultural path. I wish you all the best for the future and to achieve your ambitions of globally educated leaders! 🌎 #crossculturalcommunication #crossculturaltraining #ipagbusinessschool #businessconsultant #ilovemyjob #crossculturalworker #worldcitizen #seminar #mylifestyle #entrepreneurlife #bossgirlmindset #stayfocused #businessschool #proudandhappy #interculturality #globallyeducated #worldtraveller #interculturaldialogue #interculturalmanagement #lovemystudents #mystudentsrock #crossculturaltraining #crosscultural
~ Karen Blixen was an honourable #pioneerwoman & #empowered artist - writer & painter. I never read the #memoir but well remember #merylstreep depict Karen in the #epicromantic Drama #filmadaptation of #outofafrica from my teens. I want to watch it again with my mum! 😻 It was also astounding to learn that Karen was such a #prolificwriter & wrote under many pen names. 💥 Here with her beloved dog, a brilliant wedding gift from her supportive mother, when she left #denmark to live in Kenya. Photo & painting by #renébouché ⚡️ Tilla The Fabulous @akrosstheworld in front of the @karen_blixen_museum who do terrific tours. 💎 And a 120 year old #nandiflame tree with home for squirrels on the lush premises. 🖤 I’m in #nairobi #kenya thanks to @goethe_kenya @sanasanaa.studio & @brushtuart for a #culturalexchange #artistresidency - the first of its kind for @goetheinstitut 🙏🏽 I’m excited to be here to also develop a project with #empoweredwomen 💥⚡️💥 #nataschastellmach #empowerment #gratitude #berlinartist #photography #artist #impermanence #transience #melbourneartist #consumeless #goetheinstitut #crossculture #crosscultural #goethekenya
I love discovering and uncovering valuable differences related to culture I believe that diversity can be an asset. Differences has for years and years (and until today) been means for oppression and discrimination. . A way of compensating or trying to prove we are accepting of all, has been phrases like'I am colorblind' etc. These are ways of thinking that can feel safe, but are actually quite ignorant. I want to see, appreciate and learn from differences. This is hard work. We are wired for comfort and similarities. *what does your inner circle look like? *Who are the people with a say in your life? *Do they all look the same? Talk the same way? Are from similar backgrounds? . Tayo Rockson @tayorockson (read his book) reminded me of how our biases work. We all have (and need to have) biases. Like, how aware are you of your own biases? Do you know how biases work? . One thing I became aware of was that diversity doesnt automatically lead to inclusion. Sometimes we have diverse teams, but we are not tapping into the strengths of diversity because we dont have a plan or a method for how to do this. People might be part of a diverse group and feel very excluded. . T.Rockson has written this book that Id say is an image of diversity ( it has poems, practical advice, historical backgrounds, personal stories etc). And it is beautifully put together. Spread out in the book are key sentences that I want to note down (such as the ones above)
Get to know the team // Naomi is a designer on our creative team with a background in web design and studied in America, broadening her global outlook and experience with communicating to a diverse audience. #gettoknowus #theteam #remarkjapan #crosscultural #international #globalmindset #diversity #tokyo #triplethreat #meetngreet
It has already started snowing in what feels like every state EXCEPT Florida. Does that make you happy or sad? While it makes the team down here in Florida feel a little left out, it does remind us that the Christmas shopping season is upon us. And that means shopping on Amazon. So, why not shop on Amazon and support Ethnos360?⠀ ⠀ It’s really easy to shop like you already do, whether it’s purchasing a new ice-scraper or snow-blower or coffee to warm yourself up after you shovel the mid-November snow from your driveway, to actually support the work that God is doing around the world. When you shop on Amazon Smile via the Ethnos360 link, part of the purchase price goes to support that work.⠀ ⠀ The Amazon Smile link in our bio will take you to the page where you can sign into Amazon with your regular sign-in details, and then you’ll be set up to give some of the proceeds from your normal purchases to mission work around the world. And if you have questions about the program and its impact, feel free to send us a message.
There is a happy medium somewhere between privacy and isolation. Nowadays, Western culture steers us towards the direction of isolation for the sake of convenience. Episode 25- Hospitality in an Age of Loneliness https://audioboom.com/posts/7402847-invited-the-power-of-hospitality-in-an-age-of-loneliness-with-leslie-verner #invited #hospitality #crosscultural #friendship #crossingcultures #travel #learning #lifeoverseas
Sometimes I like to play with dolls. When I was little I wanted to be Wonder Woman. I never heard of a Black superhero. But now there’s Shuri. Who’s your superhero? #myamericanmeltingpot #diversedolls #teamshuri #representationmatters #wonderwoman #diversitydiva #sheroes #Blackpanther #girlpower #superheroesofcolor #crosscultural #girlpower
Africa is one of the most diverse continents on the planet. Come enjoy cross cultural dialogue with @h.e.r_collective for another ICEBREAKERS Social Mixer. Saturday November 23rd 7pm, Free entry! Location:To be announced soon. Hercollective.org #icebreakers #socialmixer #crosscultural #black #accra #accranightlife #ImwithH.E.R #hercollective #africanwoman #diaspora #yearofreturn #ghana #liberation #Africa #rwanda #nigeria #southafrica #beyonce #togo #africanlove #networking @afiakhalia @accraexpat @whats_happening_accra @yearofreturn
Here are 10 scriptures verses to look at as we head into the Thanksgiving season. 🍂
Music is probably one of the biggest and most memorable parts of culture. Have you gotten a chance to explore the music of your host country?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Being able to talk about songs you like is a great way to connect with classmates and peers. It's also a fantastic way to get into the rhythm and poetry of the language.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you find local music artists that you just love, drop your recommendations (and include what country they're from) in the comments below. You might just put someone on to a great new (or not so new) artist that they'll love, too.
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“Having lived in Ethiopia as a boy, I was not intimidated by going to Addis, but it had been 30 years since I was last there. When the plane landed that April morning and I got off, it was like I had never left. It was the smell: smoke from the eucalyptus cooking fires, animal dung, spices, sweat; bus fumes….it was all there mixed together, familiar and distinctive. Julie, our missionary friend, met me at the airport & after quickly checking in at the SIM (mission) guest house, we drove to the orphanage to meet Eyerus. We dodged stray donkeys in the road…even passing by my old school where I had attended 8th and 9th grades…Finally we bounced up to the gate of the orphanage and honked to alert the guard to open the metal gate so we could drive in and park. In those days adoptive parents were told not to come to Ethiopia and meet the children they planned to adopt. Back then…the adoption agency would wait until several adoptions were approved and then bring children in group to the US. Needless to say the people at the orphanage that Saturday morning were shocked when I arrived.” -- Not many people are aware that my dad lived in Ethiopia when he was a boy because my grandma & grandpa (whom I didn’t get the chance to meet) were missionaries there for a few years. It’s crazy to see how the Lord never puts anything to waste. My parents chose Ethiopia to adopt from because of the love that my dad had developed for the country after living there as a boy. What a blessing it is to know that the Lord never lets anything happen by circumstance. -- “A single thread in a tapestry, though its color brightly shines, can never see its purpose in the pattern of a grand design.” - The pictures to the right are pictures of my dad’s street/house, & neighbor’s house. Some are from 1966 and some from 1998. The old woman and kids pictured with me is the same neighbor that lived in that house when my dad was a boy (now with her daughter & grandchildren)! - #nationaladoptionmonth #overseas #crosscultural #adoption #thirdworld #biological #adoptwell #adopt #adoptionstory #ethiopianadoption #ethiopianwomen #capturingpeopleshearts #ezerministries #jesus #christian
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