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Here's a thought, a quote, and a resource I wanted to share with you this Thursday.

Today’s thought is a little longer than normal.

Colonel Edwin B. Hillandale, stationed in the Philippines in the early 1950s, was known to be a character. He became friends with Ramon Magsaysay, a man who was running for president. It didn’t help the politician’s chances. Everyone thought Americans like Hillandale were rich and bloated, and that anyone who associated with them couldn’t understand what it’s like to be Filipino.

Hillandale visited a province one day. He sang with the crowd, who were curious but remained suspicious of this man who represented rich Americans.

At noon he stood up. “Well, I sure am starving. I’d sure like some adobo and pancit.”

Everyone stared at him.

“I’m hoping someone here will invite me to lunch,” he continued. “I’m broke.”

People couldn’t that a colonel could be poor. Hillandale explained how much he had to send home to support his family back home, and how little he had.

“This is undignified,” he concluded. “Never before have I met Filipinos who would turn down a hungry man.”

Ten people invited him for lunch.
They ate adobo and pancit and rice, and they washed it down with Filipino rum and San Miguel beer; and they sang many songs to the accompaniment of the Ragtime Kid’s harmonica. And when lunch was through, the Filipinos invited him to come up again next Saturday, which he did. And the next Saturday after that. And the next Saturday after that too.

And so, after a while, no one in that area believed any more that Americans were rich and bloated snobs. After all, their Ragtime Kid who played sweet music on his mouth organ was one of them, and he was a colonel in the U.S. Air Force.

95% of the inhabitants voted for President Magsaysay. “Perhaps it wasn’t The Ragtime Kind who swung them; but if that’s too easy an answer, there is no other.” (Taken from the classic book The Ugly American)

Division. Suspicion. Distrust. One of the best ways through is getting on the same level, spending lots of time together, and maybe playing a little harmonica.

"Everything we do in the Christian life is easier than prayer." (Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones)

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Thanks for reading!

Darryl Dash
author of How to Grow