In the Land of Blue Burqas
Kate McCord (pseudonym)
Summary: It's amazing what kind of discussions one can have over a cup of tea. In this book the author travels to Afghanistan to start a non-governmental organization with the goal of helping Afghan women. Over tea, our author slowly introduces the Honorable Jesus and His ways in real life situations that these Afghani women face every day. Combatting aggressive stereotyping against western ideas and promoting forgiveness, love care and generosity is a herculean task in a war torn country, full of pain, revenge, suppression, fear and tradition. But despite the odds, God is at work in the hearts of the Afghanistan people. Watch as faith begins to grow. Learn of Afghan tradition, worldview and culture. Recognize that God's love can shine anywhere. And it all starts over a cup of tea.
Personal Thoughts: The entire strength of this book lies in the last chapter--but you have to read the whole book to build a proper understanding and love for the Afghani people before you understand the punch line. Simple, quick answers are seldom the correct ones. Often we have much of our information wrong when it comes to understanding the people in the Middle East. We look at them and judge their hearts and circumstances through our western ideological glasses. If this book has taught me anything, it is that when people are willing to listen to one another, understanding and friendship can grow. If we can drop our biased opinions, don a burqa, learn the language and sit down with these people over a cup of tea, special conversations can take place. If we can learn the learn the Afghani's worldview, we can also learn how to share our biblical worldview in a way that might be effective. Afghanis have seen the practicality in biblical thinking. They are willing to listen. The gospel can be shared in the Middle East--all over a cup of tea.
Quote: "We foreign aid workers, doctors and educators who move into their communities shatter the stereotypes many Afghans have been taught to believe. We non-Muslims are supposed to be evil, and yet we cradle their dying children in our arms. We make arrangements for their sick to get medical care. We feed their widows and orphans. We give blankets against the cold, and in hundreds of other ways we demonstrate a different way to live. We tell a different story.
If, instead of loving my neighbours, I had brought lies, deceptions, corruption and immorality, I wouldn't have been considered a threat. I would have been held up as an example of what's evil and wrong in the world. But when I told Afghan Muslim people that God is good and God loves them, when I told them God forgives us and invites us to forgive others, when I told them God's kingdom was made for us and we were made for God's kingdom, and my stories resonated in their hearts, worldviews did change, attitudes shifted and new actions followed. --Pg. 302