Today we went began the day with going to Ocean Market. It was intriguing to see how consumerism is consumerism no matter if the country is a capitalist country or not. However, the noticeable difference that I was able to see was the attentiveness of the employees were to us. I didn’t know if it was because we were noticeably foreigners or that is how they treat everyone. In either case this was a form of hospitality that I am not accustomed to in a market. Later, we were able to meet up with the CREATE students. It was interesting to see our two groups meet. We were picked up and went to the Swanding Pagoda. It was interesting to see how many people pilgrimage there from all over the world. Once we were done we had a time to gather the group. Once we were able to come together, we went for a meal. Once on the bus I was able to notice the different dynamics between the groups. The DMin folks are a little more quiet and reserved while our CREATE group is very extroverted and jubilant. It reminded me of the team building dynamics that I have learned from the military; forming, storming, norming, and performing. I sure hope we don’t have to storm. However, I know that whatever happens, we will all have grown from this experience.
Central DMin student
My joy is to see followers of Christ actively engaged in using their gifts, and blazing trails in effectively reaching the world with the transforming power of the gospel. As a servant leader of Christ’s church, I want to do for others what my leaders and mentors did for me: facilitate that transformational connection between life on the ground and scripture/theology.
I see the Christian faith as a journey, a way of life. Many people can affirm that “church” is the people, not the building, but were that to become a reality in how we actually function, the church would be transformed. I’m fond of using the designation “follower of Christ.” As I read the gospels, the essence of the call of Jesus is action: going, sending, doing.