A colorful look at Turkey. English starts on the 12th second of the video.
I fell in love with the Turkish people when I was 24 years old. I remember how I sobbed on the airplane when I had to return to America after a two year stint in Istanbul. For reasons I could hardly understand, I felt that my heart would break over leaving Turkey. I felt almost the same way three years ago when we had to leave for a one year furlough in America.
I love Turks for their hospitality, generosity, and their helpfulness. Just today two men walking on the street saw me struggling to parallel park my car into a tight space. They stopped, gave hand signals to direct me, and walked on, not even waiting to be thanked. I love Turks for their human warmth, their respect for their elders, and their commitment to friendship. It’s a lovely thing to have a friend you talk to almost daily. I love the fact that Turks always have time, time to stop and talk, time to sit and drink a glass of tea with a friend or business contact.
Of course serving here can be challenging. Last week, for example, my husband and I got yelled at by an extremely loud, hateful man for sharing the message in a park with a travelling group. In 12 years here, I’d never encountered such a response, but God gave us special grace because it didn’t faze me. It must be a God thing because on most days I’d rather be here than any other place in the world, even with the obstacles and trials.
This video reminded me all over again how much I love Turks. Katharine Branning, author of Yes, I Would Love another Glass of Tea, compares Turkish tea with the Turkish culture and people themselves. She obviously loves Turks as much as I do.
Question for you if you live abroad: What do you love about the people you live among?
Question for you if you’ve travelled abroad: What did you love about the people you visited?