|Feeling a bit like the Pied Piper:)|
I'm still troubled by what I learned, but even more, I'm troubled by the ongoing ramifications of our history. As a European background Christian, where am I (where are we?) continuing the legacy of the colonizers? I lead a non-profit that serves newly arrived refugees from countries like Rwanda. How do these refugees view me, considering their nation's experience with colonizers? How do I treat them differently than my forbears did? (Thankfully, missions around the world has radically changed and I can see how the orientation I received has prepared me for these hard questions.) How do we create a level playing field, show respect, and honour what each person embodies- the richness of their history, the uniqueness of their culture and the fact that each one bears the image of God? Our refugee friends are ready, eager and grateful, with SO much to contribute to our communities and our country!
I love it when God brings to light that which I've been blissfully ignorant of, and am energized by the challenge to learn, to love better and to let Him refine me from the inside out.