Acts 17:26-27 (2 Aug 2020)

“And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,”

When I am to picture the Kingdom of God, I picture a body of people of different colours, sizes, language, and cultures! Around 6 years ago, I was blessed with the opportunity to go on short mission trips to Indonesia and Thailand, and one of the most wonderful things that I got to witness was how the local Christians worship and pray. How amazing is it that the God we pray to in English and/or Chinese also hears the prayers of thousands of other languages? This awesome realisation helps me to see the body of Christ in a bigger picture.

During my previous semester in Bible College, I had the privilege of working alongside with a good friend from Korea (who is a missionary kid from Pakistan) to start a new students’ committee that celebrates and brings awareness to cultural diversity in and outside of our College grounds. It was a new, challenging, and exciting role for the both of us. I got to work closely with international students, and held many events where we got to share our foods and stories. We got to experience the love and grace of our diverse God. By listening and understanding each other’s cultures, we got to have a glimpse of God’s diverse kingdom, and the unique ways He works in each and everyone of us!

As a part of my cross-cultural internship for college, I got to work with missionary kids in Central Thailand – and they are a bundle of joy! Every week, I get to teach this group of girls Dance and Drama. During our first session, I got the girls to share a little about the places they’ve been and lived, and where their parents were from. Our eyes widened as each unique stories unfolded, and God’s handprints were so evident in each of their lives! The kingdom of God indeed belong to such as these. Although I would not completely know what it is like to be a TCK (Third Culture Kid), I certainly am inspired by their eagerness to learn new things, their grace, and compassion.

During this Covid-19 crisis, it feels like our world has gotten much smaller, countries from each corner of the world are facing similar struggles and restrictions. On a positive note, we have also come together as global citizens to thank the healthcare workers, researchers, and essential service workers. And with the internet and media platforms, there’s so much potential in making local and international connections from our homes.

Cross-cultural ministry might look different now, and we might not have the advantage of travelling or making home-visits, but we can play our parts by praying for our own nation and the world, checking in with our international friends, encouraging and spending intentional time with those who are living alone. Church buildings may be closed, but so many virtual doors are open!

 

Sister Tricia Chen