Ed Stetzer and Larry McCrary are taking a team of people into Asia for a mission experience – visiting temples, talking to religious leaders, eating strange foods, etc. You can follow it at the Upstream Collective blog. Think of it as a virtual jet set tour for those who could not attend but can still be involved by reading the stories and interacting with the people.
My first experience in Asia was quite shocking. I was 21 years old and not really prepared for it. The food places looked dirty and MacDonalds was far too appealing. But after a few days our team weaned ourselves away from Western food places and digged into the best food I ever tasted.
Not only that, but it also prepared me for a lifetime in ministry and cross-cultural exchange. Hope it will do the same for the lucky people on the Upstream Collective wagon.
We are experiencing some unbelievable food. I cannot pronounce all the names but trying to eat most of the choices put before me. We are normally sharing a meal with a person who knows the local culture and language enough to order for us or we are eating with a local. I am finding the people that I am encountering here are so gracious and I am learning to enjoy the food.
On Sunday we were at a dinner at a local church and there was some interesting choices. We ate with the church members so they kept making sure our plates were full.
I must admit that it is much easier for me to eat the fried stuff. This may be from my own cultural upbringing.
Perhaps my biggest food adjustment is having rice with almost everything. Speaking of it is time for breakfast here and my first bowl of rice. smile.
Today we are off to visit a temple. More soon. Thanks for following along.