at the end of the day today (which was the end of the 2-day “postmodernism and youth ministry” part of the event – tomorrow i present year 1 of the CORE), a handful of people came up to offer contexualized responses. this was excellent, as it grounded the discussion of the past two days in singapore and malaysian culture and context.
the highlight was a beautiful small mandarin-speaking woman from malaysia who understood english enough to attend the event, but wasn’t comfortable speaking english. she spoke very passionately in mandarin, with sivin kit translating for the rest of us, about her small chinese-speaking church in malaysia, and how much all of this applies to her context. it was a gorgeous snapshot of the church.