Wooh! We finally got to take a group photo! But this is yet a perfect one, as Rudy is missing. I will also remember to bring my camera next week, so we get to capture more fun and happy moments together!!
We are also trying to put up some small profiles of everyone on the team, so you will learn more about who we are. But give us few more days, the info's cominggg.......
A: Bok! (Hi!)
B: Bok! Ja sam Missionary. Kako se zoveš? (Hi! My name is Missionary. What's your name?)
A: Ja sam Guyfromvillage. (I am Guyfromvillage.)
B: Dobro. Drago mi je! Kako si? (Good. Nice to meet you! How are you?)
A: Ja sam dobro. Mi smo tako sretni što su ponovno došli u ovoj godini. Imate li slatkiše? Kako o čipovima...... (I am good....????????)
Mmm... This is probably what I will encounter in Croatia. During the training session today, we were asked of what we anticipate to be challenging in the mission trip. Language barrier is surely one big problem for me. I love talking, and through words I express myself and understand the other. Through words, usually, I spread the gospel. And now, while we will have a translator, direct verbal communication is limited.
It makes me think of why so many languages were created in the first place - the Tower of Babel... humans were cooperating too well in trying to build a tower that could reach the sky; we were challenging the Creator and were arrogant. So for such a language barrier to be present in a mission trip, it reminds us of a humble heart in serving. Afterall, a vision from God is something that humans cannot complete with our own strength but His power.
Yet in order to better prepare ourselves (bros and siss who came back from previous mission trips "strongly recommended" that we equip ourselves with more of the language to impact and experience the most in Croatia), the team practiced conversations in Croatian today! It was funny when we tried to generate ways to memorise words, e.g. "checkeye" (English pronunciation) meaning "wait" (Croatian); and when we started to mix Croatian into our English conversations... Anyway, I really hope that the Roma kids will be able to feel our true hearts through our body language and our hard work in learning the language. :)
The team just had our second meeting, or "training session", at our Soho Outreach Centre! Last week we got to get together as a team for the first time, and learn about each other as. We brothers and sisters are from different congregations of the Chinese Church in London. It's so great that we decided to start this blog, to update you on our preparations and later on the actual mission trip. We would appreciate so much if you could be our prayer partner, and pray for us throughout this journey. It is going to be exciting, and we are so looking forward to this opportunity of enjoying the fellowship of the team, as well as serving our new friends in Croatia! :D
In our meeting today, we talked about our schedule of the trip, in which there will be four christmas programmes for a total of a hundred kids in the Roma village. We will also be doing some carolling and house visits. While there may be a language barrier between us and the locals, I believe our God is just so transnational and words do not limit our expression and understanding of His love and care! Please do keep in touch with the team and our progress on this blog, as well as pray for us as we will need a lot of God's power to equip ourselves for this missionary. :)