Episode 34, Hospitality Do’s and Don’Ts in a Shame and Honor Context (With Gabriela Phillips & Joni Hajaj)

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6 thoughts on “Episode 34, Hospitality Do’s and Don’Ts in a Shame and Honor Context (With Gabriela Phillips & Joni Hajaj)”

  1. Amazing interview (2 parts)…. I learned, confirmed and shared with my colleagues this interesting topic. Thanks

    1. We are glad you’ve enjoyed both episodes. And thanks for sharing it with others.
      May God bless you in your work for Him!

  2. Noé Alexander Clemente Ramírez

    It was very good interview:
    Two questions:
    A) At our trainings we have been told to not pray in the name of Jesus and just say “in your name” , this is the second time I listen in a podcasts that there is no porblem with this. So, whenever is appropriate to pray in the name of Isa al Masiah? Or this is just after we have developed a relationship?

    B) What about rejecting things if you are so full? I been told to eat at least some or to drink at least some. But I have made visits with other Arabs with me and they rejected the things offered without problem. Should we always need to accept something?

    Thank you and God bless you

  3. Gabriela Phillips

    When we meet new Muslim friends, since they know that we are not Muslims, I pray to God/ to the Most Merciful and Most Gracious and finish in the name of Isa al Masih. This is especially important if the prayer is in a situation of crisis when you are asking Jesus to do something for them. If a person asks you why? you can say, well you know that Al Masih Isa is muqarrabiin (near to God) or has power over evil forces, or sickness.

    In 25 years of ministry, maybe twice I prayed using “in your name”. Now, neither Jony and I are dogmatic on this. So, if you are not confident so, go the safe route…

    2) Food. When someone offers you food they are offering themselves, so the most gracious response is to receive even if a sip… now let’ s assume you are satisfied or someone offers you coffee and you do not drink it, you can say. Many thanks f0r your hospitality, I actually do not drink coffee but I will drink some because I am honored by your hospitality. And then take a sip. Next time they will remember that you do not drink coffee so you can ask for water… Finally, keep in mind that if another Arab person says not, they know how to, but you being a foreing is a bit different… Blessings!

    1. Noé Alexander Clemente Ramírez

      Thank you very much. In the beginning, I always was praying in the name of Jesus, later I stopped it for what I heard on the training. I’m so blessed with this podcast and your experiences.

      Muchas gracias Gaby, Dios te bendiga mucho, seguiremos aprendiendo más, queen sabe, quizá un día podamos saludarles en persona. Ora pro nosotros, hemos de ir pronto a un país 99% musulmán, así que estos temas han sido de gran bendición.

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