- Published: Saturday, 10 January 2015 19:17
- Written by Jimmy Gunderman
It is a very interesting thing to reflect on all the differences in cross-cultural ministry. One of the things we have learned to embrace from our trips to Kenya is that we must always hurry up and wait. Day two of our time here proved to be no different.
We left our hotel late morning, not because we wanted to, but because the agreed upon meeting time seemed to be flexible to our Kenyan friends, by a few hours. This is something we have learned to accept and even laugh about. Nonetheless, we continued to a town called “Lucky Summer” to begin dividing up the food for the 21 schools in our feeding program.
Throughout the day, we were reminded of how different we are, and yet, how our purpose in this life is ultimately the same.
Isaiah 43:6-7 says:
“I will say to the north, Give up,
and to the south, Do not withhold;
bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the end of the earth,
everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”
Yes, it was frustrating trying to communicate cross-culturally to one another the best ways of completing tasks and how to best serve each other, but at the end of the day we were overjoyed to see how God, who created each of us with so many different and good gifts, used 13 guys to accomplish what we had set out to do. To that we can say, “to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.”