Birthday Coffee with My Mandean Friends


The simple things in life can bring simple enjoyment and be a blessing. Last week one of my Mandean friends from Iran had a birthday. I don’t think he normally celebrates his birthday, but I wanted to do something for him.

We always have fun when I visit and we drink coffee, In fact the first time I visited his home last year on Labor Day, we drank a lot of coffee. For some reason it didn’t register that my morning class would begin the next morning and I didn’t get much sleep that night. I shared that with my friend and his family the next time I visited as a humorous story and now it is our running joke each time I visit about whether I should drink coffee or not.

six white ceramic mugs
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A friend from Brazil brought me some Brazilian coffee I really like  in December. So for my friend’s birthday, I got him some of the same Brazilian coffee. I visited him yesterday to give him the coffee and wish him a happy birthday.

I always enjoy my visits with my friend and his family and yesterday was another great afternoon with them. We ate fish stew and talked. My friend and I made the coffee, but I think I made it a little too strong 🙂 because my friend let me know he added water.

It wasn’t an extravagant kind of afternoon. It was just a simple visit to give my friend a simple gift we both enjoy. But sharing simple moments is part of what friendship is all about and friendship is something that means so much to me with my Mandean friends because I know they have been oppressed.

Each time I visit my friends from other countries, I am mindful of how Jesus visited people in their homes. He shared meals with people in their homes. He comforted people in their homes. He performed miracles in their homes. My hope is to show people the love of Jesus in their homes.

Moments of simple things like my visit yesterday remind me of what Mother Teresa said:

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

Thank you for reading. God Bless.






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