“The early days of missions were sometimes marked by people who were unresponsive to new environments. They did not sense the worth and beauty already present in strange cultures. They responded to bare-breasted drum-beating Africans as if they were inchoate Europeans, swaddling them in inappropriate clothes and teaching them Martin Luther’s favorite hymns.
“Condescending love intrudes on the scene with a slick solution devised in a place far away from the human need. The best. most effective kind of love begins with a quiet listening, a tactile awareness.”
from “Fearfully & Wonderfully Made” by Dr. Paul Brand & Philip Yancy