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Learning to receive

Posted: Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

These items, given by local residents, are ready to find a new home with international students and families in Brookings. With quite a few people involved, this ministry blesses both the givers and the receivers, say two facilitators. Charis Prunty/Register

• Informal ministry links international students and families with needed furniture, other things

BROOKINGS – A native of India, Brookings resident Prasanthi Pallapu says in her culture, people don’t give their used things to others, nor do they take used things from others. Her friend Johna Fischer, who lived in China as an English teacher and missionary for several years, said it’s also an insult in that country to offer or accept used things.

“In our countries, you buy the most expensive one; that’s the best one,” Pallapu said. “Otherwise, you’re buying a cheaper product.”

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