Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Observations on Outreach

There was much to see and learn from our outreach and I will write some more later. But some comparisons between the contempory English church and the African traditional come to mind quite easily. In the English way, there tends to be a lot of emphasis on the training of the participants and on prayer for the success of the mission. This seemed to be completely missing from the African mission. We arrived and were sent.
In our African mission we were able to go from home to home and generally gain access even during the day and during the week without making any appointment. Not everyone was pleased to see us or allowed us in, but we could at least make contact. In the suburban context it is very difficult to do this because houses tend to be empty or and shut up during the day. Also people tend to be unwelcoming, which is a pity.
I think we need to include the preparation and prayer aspect and also the pastoral aspect in our outreach.

2 comments:

Thomas Scarborough said...

I'm wondering what the motivation or purpose of the mission was. That didn't come through.

Jenny Hillebrand said...

Hi Thomas - I think that question, in my context can only be answered in a pre-modern or post-modern way. Pre-modern - this is a thing that we do and have done for many years, there is no 'why'. Post-modern - it is whatever you want to make out of it.
I'll leave it at that!