The changing face of Global Mission: Everywhere to everywhere
In light of current global debates around race and ethnicity, I reflect on the positivity of diversity within Global Interaction. God is raising up those from the nations in response to prayers for more workers (Matthew 9:38). The face of global mission is changing.
Last month in ’Together in Mission’ I mentioned new candidates for South Australia, Simon and Widya, from SE Asia. This means that 33% of cross-cultural workers the South Australian Baptist community partners with are from overseas contexts.
The other family are from Mizoram, India. Dema, Carolyn, Grace and Daniel have lived amongst Ethnic Thai since 2010. In late 2016, they relocated to a new area in Thailand where there are very few followers of Jesus. Dema works as an English teacher at the local school and this gives him a significant identity in the community where he can build relationships. Carolyn spends her time visiting older people and children with disabilities. They participate as a family in many local community events. They were due to fly back in August after three months in Adelaide visiting partner churches and individuals, but COVID-19 has necessitated a postponement until 2021.
What does it mean to have Global Interaction’s teams become increasingly multi-ethnic and comprise members of contexts beyond Australia? Two key dimensions arise for me.
First, the responsibility we have to partner with and support workers from other countries, even though they may not be home-grown and are culturally diverse, to work together for the common goal, the empowerment of communities to find their own distinctive ways of following Jesus. This is an exciting venture with God through generosity and prayer.
Second, the opportunity presents to listen to and learn from them in all facets of their walk with Jesus. Young Adults can converse with Dema and Carolyn around living and working in a Buddhist context on Monday 3rd August. See the ad attached.
If you would like to receive further information about partnering with Simon and Widya or Dema and Carolyn or Unearthed, then contact the State Office on (08) 8357 1755.