North Americans take for granted the ability to cross borders with ease. Customs agents wave us through without a second look, while other travelers get scrutinized. Nationality, skin color, gender and religion can complicate travel.
Joanne Gallardo is conference minister of Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA in Goshen, Indiana. Originally from northwest Ohio, Joanne is a graduate of Goshen College and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. In addition to church work, Joanne has spent part of her career working in mental health. In her spare time, Joanne writes, sings in a women’s choir and enjoys spending time with friends.
An older man recently told me that “men just can’t compliment women anymore!” and framed it in such a way that it was meant to be seen as a shame. That’s not true.