Tyndale Students In the Mission Field
Tyndale students have been travelling all over the world this summer as part of Tyndale's annual missions trips. This year, our India, Japan, and Kenya teams have had the opportunity to blog about their experiences. They are working with refugees, street children, remote communities and urban missions. You can follow them on there journey at: http://www.tyndale.ca/blogs/missions.
Here are some excerpts from the blogs:
The Japan Team
My name is Maxwell Kozen Aka. If you haven't guessed by the name, I'm Japanese. Actually, I'm half Japanese. My grandfather came to North American from Japan to become a pastor after he had been translating for Christian missionaries. Here and now, I am faced with the task of carrying on Christian mission work in Japan, and I'm excited. I am ready to discover the land of my heritage, and discover how Jesus Christ can work through word and music in a land so foreign and yet so much my 'home'.
Ichi... ni... san... here we go.
Read more from the Japan team.
The India Team
As I type this message I am sitting within 100 feet of the doors to the Missionaries of Charity Mother House, the home of Mother Teresa for much of her ministry, and the site of her tomb.
Today at Howrah (our ministry is to street children) was especially heart breaking because two of the kids who I had connected with last week were high on glue and sleeping when we arrived. By the end of our time there one had woken up and was starting to come around, but the other hadn't. Some days at Howrah are incredible difficult, other days are a wonderful blessing.
Read more from the India team.
The Kenya Team
Today was day two of working with the Somalia refugees. I love the name of the school IFTIN, it means light and that’s what it is to these women.... Today was our third day working in Eastleigh with the Iftin program at the local community center. By this time, we've gotten to know the girls' names and a little bit of their stories. Most of our class time today was spent getting to know them better, letting them teach us about Somali and Aromo culture. They loved explaining all their different foods to us (injera, shiro, doro wat, halwa), the many different layers of traditional clothing that they wear under their hijab, their songs and national anthems, and they even gave us a sample of Somali dance.
Read more from the Kenya Team.