The Many Faces of Transformation
Six months ago, I slept in the new BCA property, just after taking possession of it. Six months later, MJ and I have returned to the property and discovered an amazing transformation!
Thanks to David Brace from British Columbia, who spent three months here, and JJ and Patricia, our BCA global workers, an incredible amount of work has been accomplished. Over grown trees and shrubs that once hid a beautiful entrance have been trimmed, giving guests to the property a most appealing greeting. Vegetable gardens planted by JJ now provide nourishment at the nightly dinner table. Shortages of water and electricity are no more as a new water tank and generator replenish depleted resources. Showers that were only a trickle six months ago, now come with a force of hot water.
But there is another face of transformation. The Bridge Cultural Centre (BCC) is alive with Chinese people who come and go on a daily basis, stopping in for a cup of genuine Chinese tea. I have never drunk so much tea in my life, but you have never tasted tea until you have tasted Chinese tea!
The Cultural Centre has been designed as a meeting place for the Chinese who live and work in this part of Africa. It provides a cultural bridge between Chinese and Africans. It offers them an opportunity to meet new friends when old friends are thousands of miles away. BCC is becoming like family to many, when some do not see family for two to three years. And, BCC is giving people who are lonely the opportunity to build a bridge to a NEW LIFE.
Yesterday, over twenty Chinese people gathered to sing Chinese songs of praise and I had the privilege of sharing why the Bridge Cultural Centre exists. The enthusiasm and excitement was contagious as we gathered for a historic group picture that depicts the many faces of transformation.
Until next time…