Here a difference in language terms. My first experience was in MUFRU (Multi-Faith Resource Unit) where I worked. MUFRU was an office set up at Selly Oak College, Birmingham for dialogue of the six major religions like Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Sikh and Jain. My work was this and that and little bits and pieces. One day Yvonne, the secretary asked,” Zosing do you have the rubber?” I replied, no, sorry. Mid- morning, she asked me again. “Zosing do you have the rubber?” No, Yvonne, I do not have it. I said. After lunch she asked the same question. “Zosing do you have the rubber?” This time I asked, what do you mean by rubber Yvonne? She said with patience it is the thing use to rub mistakes in typing. Embarrassed, I immediately returned to her the eraser. The fact was I had it since morning. I borrowed it from her. To me, it was eraser – to her it was rubber.
|December 2009, Mindanao: Zosing (middle) with participants of "come and see"|
The author was a lay missionary with the Missionary Society of St. Columban. She, together with two other companions, was sent to Britain in 1983. From 2008 until 2010, she worked with the Columban Lay Missionaries - Philippines as vocations animator for Mindanao area. She has retired since.