Cross-Cultural Church: Blessings of Meeting and Sharing
Today as I reflected on my visit to King Williams Town, South Africa last year in March 2018, I am reminded of the scripture in Acts 2:42, “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord Supper), and to prayer. The meeting and sharing with the members of Bethany Emmanuel Baptist Church and the students of Teleios Christian School Students was not my first cross-cultural experience and would not be my last.
The congregation of Bethany Emmanuel Baptist Church was praying for God to send workers to the Ministry at Teleios Christian School. Trinity Baptist Church congregation was praying with me asking the Lord where was He sending me? He answered both the prayers of the Bethany’s and Trinity’s congregation. I am now an appointed global servant with International Ministries going to King Williams Town, South Africa. This is an opportunity for Kingdom impact, evangelism through teaching and tutoring Math and Science.
The journey of being commissioned and sent to South Africa is a road paved with cross-cultural meeting and sharing. In meeting we share God’s Word, we share His love and we share different cultural customs and of course foods. All across the region of American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest and Hawaii (ABCOFLASH), and other Southern California Churches, I have met so many wonderful people. I was able to share with my brothers and sisters in Christ my love and passion for working with children and young adults. Through sharing God’s word, I asked each congregation to look at evangelism through education at home (the community around our church) and around the world (Teleios Christian School in King Williams Town, South Africa).
Teleios Christian School started in 2011. Through cross-cultural meeting and sharing Teleios Christian School is making a difference, helping 100 to 110 students annually in King Williams Town community in South Africa. Most of Teleios students come from impoverish neighborhoods surrounding the school. Over the last five years this ministry has successfully reintroduced many of their learners back into mainstream schools.
Cross-cultural meeting and sharing creates dialogue, understanding and solutions to issues facing our children. We meet on common ground based on God’s Word to reach our communities, enjoy our differences and pray for each other.
Faye Carol Yarbrough
*The children at Teleios Christian School
*The ministry of Math and Science at Teleios Christion School
*Our journey together, recognizing that God has brought us together in order to make a difference in the lives of children in South Africa and in your local area.
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