Re-fired, Not Retired
The phrase “There are no words” has been a recurring statement ever since the Bridging China and Africa (BCA) initiative was birthed seven years ago
Today, I write this blog from our Bridge Cultural Centre in Africa. MJ and I are enjoying the opportunity of spending a week with our newest addition to the BCA family.
Last Friday, we picked up R & J at the airport and brought them to what will be their home away from home for the next two months.
How does a retired government employee and his wife, who volunteer their time building relationships with Chinese in Canada, get “re-fired” to spend two months building relational bridges with Chinese in Africa? Part of the answer lies in friends, small groups, and a church that they all attend.
Life long friends of MJ and myself started attending a church in their community and decided to join a small group within the church who meet on Sunday nights. They met R & J and began to recognise their potential to meet a temporary need that exists at the Bridge Cultural Centre. Presently, we are looking for a couple who will come on a permanent basis to build a bridge with more than one hundred thousand Chinese who live and work in this part of Africa. In the meantime, R & J have come on a temporary basis to continue to build a relational bridge using ESL (English as a Second Language) and ping pong gatherings amongst other initiatives.
MJ and I are indebted to friends who believe in what we do on African soil, and have put us in contact with a couple who put retirement on hold and “re-fired” their passion for Chinese in Africa. We are grateful for a church that has fanned the “re-firing” flame and are prayerfully supporting R & J’s mission for the next two months.
Finally, we thank God for churches who see the power and value of “small groups”. Without them, R & J may have walked in and out of church Sunday after Sunday and never heard about BCA’s need. THERE ARE NO WORDS!!!
Until next time…