FOJI: Fear of Joining In

Chinese Work Mission Night was held on 14 March 2019 at the FES conference room. It was themed FOJI – Fear Of Joining In. 40 students, 30 helpers and staffworkers attended.

FOJI’s overall programme was very meaningful and well organised. The first activity involved sticking notes on various countries we had knowledge of on the world map. This led me to wonder about the rationale behind the activity.

Remember the name or get whacked!

We next played the classic game of Whacko. As post-game reflection, each of us stood at different positions depending on how many times our names were called. I likened this reflection to serving in church because it reminded me of the times my name was called. Do we serve because of our abilities, or willingness, or availability, or because we have been in church longer than others? Those whose names were called may not be willing in the first place, and those who are called less often should strive to serve too so that we may bear the burdens of others (Galatians 6:2).

We then returned to the world map to intercede for the countries. My understanding of countries as typical holiday destinations for shopping and food was broadened to include the religious and spiritual conditions of the people there. The activity taught me to consider the needs of countries that tend not to catch our attention.

Photographing the “natives”?

Lastly, we proceeded to the Ah Gou Dog Village where a group of FES staff and alumni played the role of native villagers. We were tasked with taking a group photo with them and the difficulty was to attempt cross-cultural interaction. I then questioned myself: What is our true objective? I did not want to merely meet the objective of taking a photo with them but to get to know them and be their friend. Taking photos with the locals would defeat the purpose of missions because the heart of missions should be to know people and then lead them to know Christ.

In my personal experience in church, I joined volunteer programmes to reach youths-at-risk. Ah Gou Dog Village reminded me of these youths. Am I there to do volunteer work at a hostel or to get to know the youths?

That night at FOJI, I was challenged tremendously. Every activity was well-planned and executed, with meaningful takeaways and relevance to missionary exposure. I will bear in mind all these learning points and make changes to the way I interact with people, especially pre-believers.

 

Sharing by: Roger Yong Man Hin
SIM UOL Accounting and Finance Year 2

Written by: Glen Abraham Liang Yuxuan,
SUSS Translation and Interpretation, Year 1

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