Sunday, February 17, 2008

English for Meeting People

Well I've talked about using our son Braxton to meet people. We are also using our native tongue, English, to build relationships. Angie and I along with our partners were interested in building more relationships with the Turkish people who are learning English. I have been hesitant to do this because I didn't want to speak too much English while trying to learn Turkish. I still don't like to speak too much English, but our team decided to start meeting one day a week with any of our English speaking Turkish friends who wanted to practice their English. I've been able to invite some students from the school where I teach English and our partners have done the same. So far our highest number is 2. We have had a good time. We have met the past two weeks now and we are hoping the same people come each time so that we can really build good friendships. I'm so glad I speak English!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

What an Ugly Baby

What? Did you just call my baby ugly? Yes that's exactly what they do here. At first one might be taken back at the comment of one's child being ugly. Don't be too upset though. It's supposed to be a compliment. See if your baby is cute and everyone is looking at it, that could cause envy in someone else. So to keep evil spirits away, they look at your baby and say that they're ugly. How thoughtful! Obviously we believe that God protects our baby. Don't be surprised if you come and visit and they tell you your baby is ugly.