Thank you for your support of our recent short-term mission experience to South East Asia! Your gift helped PTS students and others to experience God’s work in a country where Christianity is often looked on with suspicion, and to meet and build relationships with members of a house church network among an unreached people group. PTS student Emily Lasinsky reflects on how Christ teaches us through “being the stranger” in this foreign context:
“I tend to read and think much about what it means to "welcome the stranger." Being in South East Asia gave me the opportunity to practice being the stranger and receiving hospitality. I learned that it is important to give what we can offer, but how we "serve" should not be used to create or exacerbate a power differential. God is not so much interested in what we give, but how and why we give. What did we give while in South East Asia? Presence. Why? Because when we are still, we open our hearts to listen and receive (from God and others). To say that we gave anything more would be a reflection of the human desire to do something and see results, as if the results depend on us in the first place.
Overall, this mission trip encouraged my heart and reminded me that the Kingdom of God is a diverse mosaic. More than ever, we need to open our hearts, minds, and spirits to the colors, shapes, and squiggles that mark our shared humanity.”
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