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Michelle Reyes, Ph.D., is an Indian American pastor’s wife, writer, and activist. She is also the Vice President of the Asian American Christian Collaborative and writes regularly on faith, culture, and justice. Michelle lives in Austin, TX with her husband and two kids. Follow her on IG @michelleamireyes.

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  1. Great points, Michelle! It’s so easy for our preferences to become requirements — or even demands. May we find grace to lay them down for the sake of the gospel.

  2. Michelle,
    My work heading up Redeemer Christian Foundation, Inc. – http://redeemerchristianfoundation.org/ (through which we support Christian education for the orphaned and impoverished in the Middle East), has taken me into a whole other world. One, that I admit, I was once wary of because I didn’t take the time to know and attempt to understand. I think the western culture could learn a lot from the Middle Eastern concepts of family – respecting your parents and the elders (seniors) in your family and taking care of them. There is a respect and devotion that I really admire. The more I work with our staff there over the years, I realize we are more alike than different. We laugh about the idioms that get lost in translation. Our bond in loving the Lord breaks down barriers and builds bridges….if only we let it. Great reminders here today!!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  3. I love this story so much Michelle. Thank you for inviting us to see and taste the world through other people’s preferences and not always just our own. Grateful to have you with us here today!

  4. “…but that doesn’t mean that I don’t try to clear my schedule and be open to other peoples’ rhythms and times.” Love how you worded this! I feel God growing me in this realm. While there have been a few growing pains, it’s also been very rewarding. Thank you, Michelle, for encouraging me to keep taking baby steps toward Him!

  5. Your fellowship with all these different cultures sounds beautiful.
    I don’t like being in such a white bread environment that doesn’t allow for spontaneity.
    It’s sad that as a first generation Mexican American living in upstate New York, I have very little connection with Hispanics.
    Please pray for change in this area of my life.
    Thanks, Gracias, Michelle

  6. Michelle,

    Our culture could certainly take a cue from others. They have respectful & caring attitudes. They don’t rush around just texting or emailing people. Not many, if any, nursing homes or assisted livings. They care for their elderly in the home. Most cultures love spending time with neighbors. They value friendships & family above all. I pray our country can become more like this.

    Blessings 🙂

  7. I am challenged in this area for many reasons but I’m working on it. I like to drop by announced because thats my culture but since it’s not the dominant culture where I am I have become a bit insular. I’ll become more intentional about being hospitable.