BIRDS OF DIFFERENT FEATHERS... [An old English saying, "Birds of a feather flock together" becomes subverted through cross-cultural Christians who embrace a whole variety of feathering types!!!]
Because Cambodia doesn't have a good system for theological education, we are hoping that LTS, as one of the preeminent seminaries in all of Asia, can do even more in the area of "Forming cross-cultural servant-leaders, with a heart for local church ministries. (Okay, okay, the "tagline" is a work in progress! Let me know if you have a better/shorter one in mind!)
The Samaritans Befrienders Hong Kong" to learn about local suicide prevention right here in Hong Kong. For several of the international and local Chinese students, this was a very new and innovative idea for ministry. Besides the ministry itself, one student told me how eye opening it was to find out that those who serve as "befrienders" are volunteers, and most even pay for the privilege of undergoing the thorough screening and training necessary for those who would like to serve.
To further discuss Cambodian and Mekong-area ministries and the need for sound theological and practical education, we had... what else! Another of Wayne's Famous Pizza Dinners, with Cambodian, American, British, Hong Kong and Danish connections. It does seem that pizza is truly and profoundly an "intercultural" food :) (As is wine, which has the advantage of also being Biblical :)
|Birds of different feathers...|
|Cambodian inter-cultural servant-leaders|
under construction in Hong Kong :)
"Don't worry!...Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" -- Jesus, quoted by Matthew 6:25f