An unbelievable phenomenon

Fellowship without fire and brimstone

Dr. Gary und Frances Green have left Curahuasi.  Diospi Suyana staff were thankful for their three-day seminar.  Yesterday the couple, who currently live in Louisiana gave us feedback.  What they told us amazed us no end: “We had several very long conversations with staff members.  Not one of them spoke negatively about other team members!”

I think back to a sports club in Wiesbaden, which I was a member of 35 years ago.  Several players worked very hard to destroy the reputations of other club members.  You come across the same in politics: who does not like to stab a knife into the back of a rival while at the same time look at him faithfully in the eye and assure him of the fact that everyone is only concerned for the party as a whole.

Slander and intrigue, false friends and backstabbers can be found in companies and clubs.  Wherever people live together these base motives can appear.

Gary and Frances assured my wife and me: “No one spoke negatively about other team members!” – It is almost like a little bit of heaven here on earth.  We have 260 members of staff and in any company or group of such a size it would be normal to come across the group dynamic processes that abound elsewhere.

This morning I read some of the words that Paul wrote to a group of Christians locked in a prison cell in Rome: “Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind…Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit… Do everything without grumbling or arguing!“ (Philippians 2:2-3;14).  The Apostle Paul would have rejoiced if he were sitting with us at the table.  Being a Christian must be more than just talking the talk.  The acid test is our daily interaction with others.

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