Cross-cultural Gardening

It has happened several times already.   Kay broke off a leaf of an herb from our garden (chives, cilantro, basil, or thyme), encouraged our guests to smell it and then they chatter among themselves (in languages we may never understand) and move to the next herb.   This gardening season has been a special time of joy as we share with the Burmese from our early veggies (lettuce, spinach and rhubarb) and let them enjoy our early flowers with us.

Mr. Thak Bal has developed a model garden.  Every time I have some Burmese with me I stop by his house to show them the garden.  He has re-taught me how to properly cultivate tomatoes.  He has about 15 tomato plants that are flourishing along with okra, pear trees, corn, strawberry plants and squash.    Below is a picture of his family.

Thak Bal Family

BiBi, Peng Len, Nu Nu, Christina, Frosintina, Deborah and Joshua (left to right, rear to front).

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About johnmcmurphy

Jesus is first and foremost in my life. He is above all religions, principalities and powers. In everything He must increase and I must decrease. Into the hands of Jesus, God has placed life and death, truth and purity. strength and meaning. Only in a growing understanding of the triune God, and his son Jesus can I do, breathe, exist and serve. I have a Bachelor's degree in Bible from Vennard College, a Master's in Social Science from Azusa Pacific University and a Ph. D. from Ohio State in Family Relations and Human Development. I am an ordained pastor involved in cross-cultural ministry. I am currently employed at several colleges as an instructor. If you need to get in touch with me, just leave a comment, I screen all comments and so you can leave further contact information which I will erase before it is published. -John

Posted on May 28, 2008, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. jasonmcmurphy

    These are the kind of stories that really hit home with your ministry with the Burmese. I love hearing about the interaction. I’m sure they’re extremely grateful to have somebody in a foreign country going out of their way to reach out to them. Having been immersed in a foreign country before briefly, its overwhelming. Even though they’ve got other Burmese friends, having y’all I’m sure has made it a little easier for them

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