Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Stateside Observations

Here are some observations about being back in the US (in no particular order):

  • Boy! Americans are fat!
  • Mexican food sure is good! (possible reason for observation above)
  • Wal-Mart still "sells for less".
  • Why do Americans gripe so much?
  • Spring is great!
  • Too many cereal choices!
  • I forgot how good "Little Debbie's" are! (possible reason for first item above)
  • McDonald's tastes the same everywhere. (too bad)
  • Americans need a good geography lesson.
  • I sure am glad to see my mom.
  • American cars are big!
  • American stores have a selection to choose from in "my size".
  • Rural America is so different than rural "10/40 Window".
  • Have you seen the candy aisle? (another possible reason for first item above)
  • Church bulletins; what a concept!
  • Christian radio stations; what a blessing!
  • Sonic needs to go international. (yet another reason for first item above)
  • Suffering is relative.
  • So is poverty.
  • Americans have a LOT of leisure time, but they fill it with busy stuff.
  • No one has yet to ask me about life overseas.
  • Even bad roads are good in America.
  • Do you really need that many varieties of Colgate?
  • ENOUGH about Anna Nicole Smith already!

10 comments:

Kevin Bussey said...

If you are in the Charlotte area look me up.

GuyMuse said...

I can fully identify with your list! I am working on a post myself entitled, "What I Miss About the USA" which has some overlap with what you write. Anyway, have a great STAS and keep writing about what your are experiencing as a M coming back to the USA.

A 10-40 Window Missionary said...

Welcome Home,

I have been back a few weeks and have had one question about our work. But, I have had umpteen questions about why people in the 10-40 window are opposed to our government's policies.

Matthew said...

In response to the last comment: Why DO people in America ask such a question so much? Would love a post on that from one of you 10/40 window missionaries.

A 10-40 Window Missionary said...

Nomad,

As I have put my blog on hold, I cannot answer Matthew's question on my blog...but I think that his is an important question that should be answered...But, I do not want to hijack your blog to answer him

Nomad said...

10/40- Go ahead and hijack away. I am terribly busy at a GIC and won't be able to update any followup questions.

Matthew,

I honestly don't know. I think it is because overseas religion/mission work is so foreign and somehow policies/politics are something they can actually relate to. Part of our "job" on STAS is to engage folks to be more interested in what God is doing overseas.

A 10-40 Window Missionary said...

Matthew,
My comment, "why [are] people in the 10-40 window are opposed to our government's policies" is something which is a reality. I am not accusing you or anyone else, but for too many years, Southern Baptists believed missionaries were on the field to convert the "ignorant native." With the advent of television and the internet, most missionaries are hard pressed to find an "ignorant native." The people we deal with, day in and day out are knowledgeable about current and past events. So, in inverse order, they ask me "What prompts a soverign nation to invent a pretext to invade another soverign nation?" "What about Zimbabwe? What Uganda under Idi Amin?"...add many other despotic nations to this list.
Most people in the 10-40 window are Moslems and they see this as a repeat of the crusades. Yes, they know that the crusades happened over 1000 years ago, but in their world view it might as well have been last week. And more recently, the way US foreign policy has done everything it could to protect "the Zionist state, occupying the West bank of the Jordan."


us foreign policy has been to side with Israel, and the given reason was "they are the only democratically elected government in the Middle-East. Then, the Palestenian state held democratic elections and the party that won was hostile (to put it mildly) toward Israel, so the US government ignored that election. For the people of the 10-40 window, the vast majority being Moslem, have difficulty understanding the foreign policy of the USA.

Most moslem governments are a type of dictatorship (albeit, generally a benevolent dictatorship} and their policies reflect the thoughts of the people. So, these Moslems assume we agree with our government's policies, and have difficulty understanding that in our democracy, we do not always have agreement.

Matthew, I hope this begins to answer your question.

A 10-40 Window Missionary said...

Matthew,
My comment, "why [are] people in the 10-40 window are opposed to our government's policies" is something which is a reality. I am not accusing you or anyone else, but for too many years, Southern Baptists believed missionaries were on the field to convert the "ignorant native." With the advent of television and the internet, most missionaries are hard pressed to find an "ignorant native." The people we deal with, day in and day out are knowledgeable about current and past events. So, in inverse order, they ask me "What prompts a soverign nation to invent a pretext to invade another soverign nation?" "What about Zimbabwe? What Uganda under Idi Amin?"...add many other despotic nations to this list.
Most people in the 10-40 window are Moslems and they see this as a repeat of the crusades. Yes, they know that the crusades happened over 1000 years ago, but in their world view it might as well have been last week. And more recently, the way US foreign policy has done everything it could to protect "the Zionist state, occupying the West bank of the Jordan."


us foreign policy has been to side with Israel, and the given reason was "they are the only democratically elected government in the Middle-East. Then, the Palestenian state held democratic elections and the party that won was hostile (to put it mildly) toward Israel, so the US government ignored that election. For the people of the 10-40 window, the vast majority being Moslem, have difficulty understanding the foreign policy of the USA.

Most moslem governments are a type of dictatorship (albeit, generally a benevolent dictatorship} and their policies reflect the thoughts of the people. So, these Moslems assume we agree with our government's policies, and have difficulty understanding that in our democracy, we do not always have agreement.

Matthew, I hope this begins to answer your question.

A 10-40 Window Missionary said...

Nomad,

Sorry for the double posting. If I knew how, I would delete one of them.

Kevin, Somewhere in South America said...

Nomad,

I liked your observations. It was a good post. Enjoy your time stateside.