Sometime in 2007 while waiting for my flight going home from a supplier visit in Japan, there was one thing that I could not forget. I met a Japanese man in Narita International Airport who was also waiting for his flight going to the Philippines. When he knew I was also on my way to the Philippines, he was somewhat glad to talk with me though we had a hard time communicating because he only spoke a little English and also a little Tagalog.
As what I could recall, he was not someone working in a corporate world. So he didn’t have a business card. I was not able to get his name but I somehow understood he was a skilled worker in Japan.
But what really amazed me was his kindness. I remember he was trying to ask if I had something (pasalubong) for my kid. Then he bought a Japanese kimono at one of the stores inside the airport and said it was for my kid. That really made a lasting impression.
Until now, the name of that Japanese is still unknown to me. But his kindness speaks a lot about his character. I didn’t hear any news from him since then but I did give him my contact details.
That experience reminded me of an important thing we need to practice. And that is to always find an opportunity to be kind even to strangers. As Hebrews 13:2 says: “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.”