Speaking through the third person.
We travelled a short distance to lead a Pastor training seminar. A good number of Pastors and leaders attended. There is a time for questions and answers each day and the typical question of how many wives should a Pastor have is often asked. This is never raised in Australia but different cultures have different problems. Mozambique is a culture where the third person is used instead of going to the person involved you go to a mutual friend who in turn takes the issue to the first person. As Aussies we have to be aware that we seem very rude or angry by approaching somebody directly. In Australia it is considered using a third person is a form of gossip but in Africa it is the culturally correct thing to do.