A Story of Unconditional Love Between Cultures

As a missionary kid in India, Jerry Landrey learned through a simple, sweet gesture how the power of unconditional love can surpass cultural divides.

A Story of Unconditional Love Between Cultures

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As a missionary kid in India, Jerry Landrey learned through a simple, sweet gesture how the power of unconditional love can surpass cultural divides.


Everyone can pinpoint a moment in which they felt unconditional love—not for anything they did, but simply for who they were. This kind of unconditional love is a gift that leaves a strong impression on us when we receive it. In this episode of In My Day, a LightWorkers series that offers us a chance to learn from the wisdom of those who have gone before us, Jerry Landrey reflects on someone dear to him who loved him in this way.

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Jerry, who is 73 years old, recalls vivid images from his childhood growing up in India. His parents, who came to India in 1937, were missionaries in a small village. Because of their involvement with missions work, Jerry and his siblings were raised by a young Indian woman.

As he grew up, getting into mischief as children do, Jerry’s nanny was the one who cared for him. In injury or trouble, it was to her that he ran. Jerry remembers some of these desperate situations and the consoling he was in need of, painting a picture of his nanny welcoming him into her open arms.

“She would cross her legs on the mud floor and make a well in her sari.” Motioning for Jerry to sit down in her lap, “…she would take the sari off of her head, wrap it around [him] and hold [him] close.” Jerry crosses his arms over his body to demonstrate the kind of embrace his nanny would hold him in.

Then, she would tell him how much she loved him. This spoke deeply to Jerry, and still does. To this day, he still contemplates this fact: “[We were] coming from a different culture on the opposite side of the world, and she loved me unconditionally.”

This means more to Jerry than just a memory. For him, it is an example of how we are to live our lives daily. What does he hope people will takeaway from this simple story? Watch the video above to find out.


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