I mean... fellowshipped.
So, Graham's co-worker invited us to dinner at his house Saturday night. We didn't really want to go, so we tried to think of excuses, other "plans".. any way out possible!
The icing on the cake was the call 30 minutes beforehand about a change of plans. Turns out, we were going to a birthday party for a friend/family member?.. "More food" was offered as an explanation and consolation. Graham and I tried to think of excuses desperately to avoid the future awkward situation, but to no avail. We were stuck... and tricked into going to this party.
Only on the way to the party did Graham mention his co-worker's religion: The Church of Christ (Iglesia ni Cristo--the Filipino-based religion). He said this is a typical move to fellowship people into their church and most likely we're going to a church-sponsored party. Great.. Not only was this going to be awkward, but we were going to a different church's activity... i.e. MORE awkward!
So when we got there, it wasn't that bad. There were enough people that we could sit and eat without having to socialize too much. The food was disgusting actually.. There was some traditional Filipino food items: eggplant with fermented bean curd, sweet spaghetti with cut-up hot dogs, brown chicken wings with soggy skin and beans, and hot dogs. If it weren't for the delicious homemade rolls, I probably would've thrown up right there.
A lot of the people were Filipino of course, but there were some white people.. the "ministers". They all told us to come back again and that they hoped to see us again. We left after an hour, and Graham's co-worker escorted us to our car. He mentioned the word "fellowshipped" and "church", which solidified our conjecture that this was a missionary attempt. Graham told him we already have a church that we go to, and thanked him for inviting us. We laughed our heads off the entire drive home.
Life lesson: There's no such thing as a free dinner.
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