Ebed-Melech Institute so far
Issues of stereotyping, racism, and tribalism in churches is a common and very challenging reality even in 21st century Christianity. No wonder why the Apostle Paul instructed Christians in Rome to “Love one another warmly as Christian brothers and sisters and be eager to show respect for one another” (Romans 12:10 GNB). Inter-cultural communication focuses on the mutual exchange of ideas and cultural norms and the development of deep relationships in Christian fellowships and the communities. It is in our best interest to capitalize on culture with inter-cultural competencies to mitigate miscommunication and misinterpretations.
By God’s grace last year the Institute managed to conduct two successful inter-cultural seminars in two provinces. The first one in Welkom, Free State (16-17 April 2019) and the second one in Pietermaritzburg (PMB), Kwa-Zulu Natal (10-11 June 2019). The highlight from both seminars is that more Churches are showing interest in these seminars. Inter-cultural encounters or challenges are issues that are affecting every congregation and denomination in the country. This is also affecting Christian ministries and training institutions.
In Welkom the invitation was made by a local Dutch Reformed congregation. Historically coming from the apartheid background, the Riebeeckstad Dutch Reformed Church felt the need for transformation in their congregation and the city. Meanwhile Churches in KZN see the issue of integration of various cultures into one congregational fellowship as the biggest challenge and are seeking for answers to the challenge.
These seminars are providing a neutral platform where people from the various racial and cultural background can sit with mutual respect for each other and be able to discuss hard questions about inter-cultural relationships.
You are welcome to invite us to help you in your church or seminary or mission organization. For inquiries send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meanwhile will you prayerfully consider a financial gift to Ebed-Melech Institute today to support the Institute achieve this goal of helping churches deal with this challenging issue of inter-cultural communication?
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Thank you in advance for your consideration. May the Lord richly bless you for your partnership and for your generous part in this work.