“The hard part about adopting a culture is to know when to tell it that it’s adopted”
Hi, Hj here. (I’ll be coming out with some more blogs soon)
Let me take you back to a memory I recently had:
I was out in a restaurant with 5/6 guys from our base. We were having some good old “bro time.” We talked about work some but soon the main subject we discussed was football. American football. I was lost as they went over the details of teams and different players. These guys knew a lot about all the players and all the teams. No matter how hard I tried to talk about the weather or the New Testament, the subject always landed back on football. American football.
This is where my steep learning curve began. With the Carolina Panthers as my mock team I started to be interested in football. American football.
This was the best immigration idea I had so far and it worked! A gentlemen came into Kairos and he said he was from Minnesota. Right away I told him that I thought the Vikings were doing amazing this season and he said something like “they always start off great” and we had a great time talking in this language about a thing that was becoming less and less foreign to me: American football.
Now I hear you think, (your thinking is so loud) you shouldn’t conform to the people who chase vain things. The thing is though that back in Holland I can always connect with people because we will have at least 5,000 things in common including a heritage. Here, I am a foreigner. I play football without the American part. I dont speaka yo language. I am not loud. I don’t have a lot of connection points. So for me to connect with some guys over American football is a dream come true. When the Panthers played the Vikings, me and my friend went and watched the game together. When another team was playing, me and my family were invited to watch it. The game was on but the fellowship was happening with each other. We had a lovely night, I don’t remember who won or who played. I do remember that some friendships started that night, and they still exist today.