After reading Three Cups of Tea, I have found a personal hero in Greg Mortenson. During one of his mountain climbing expeditions when he went back to help a struggling climber, he was separated from the group. He wondered around aimlessly on a glacier until he was rescued by a some villagers in remote Pakistan. The villagers showed hospitality to Greg and allowed him to regain strength from his failed ascent of K2. Even though Greg was an outsider and the villagers had no worldly possessions to give to Greg, they took care of him. Greg was so-moved by the kindness shown to “an infidel” like himself, he vowed to build a school for the local girls who were overlooked for education.
The book is an account of the fundraising struggles, the building of various schools, the infighting with sectional tribal leaders, the conflict between the Taliban and the US, and even death-threats made from zealots and American citizens. As a Christian, I am deeply sympathetic to a person who looks past religion and strives to make a difference in the “least of these.” Greg lived and learned the culture and never once forcing anything other than education upon the youth of Pakistan. One thing that I will take away from this book is the honoring of traditions and respect for helping those in need within the Muslim culture.
If you want to see the other side of America’s Military Industrial Complex (the killing of innocent civilians), please read this book. This book speaks volumes on how one person can truly make a difference.