A Story of Friendship: Cross-Cultural Relationships that Encourage Towards Christ

I started meeting with Lucy as language partners in the fall of 2013. At the time, I was in the second year of a two-year master’s degree program at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Lucy was also in her second year at MIT in a postdoctoral research position, and it was pretty convenient for us to meet once a week on campus. Our conversations took a bit of work, but came relatively easily once we got going on a topic. I often let Lucy suggest a topic of conversation in which she wanted to learn more vocabulary. One of my best memories that fall was sitting on the MIT steps, looking at the Charles River, and going over the different names for fingers (pointer finger versus pinky finger) and expressions (like clapping and stomping.) Overall, our topics of conversation were pretty secular.