Mark 8:34 – What does it look like in real life to deny ourselves and follow Jesus? Other than dramatically abandoning careers and going overseas to become missionaries, which not all of us are called to, what does this verse look like for most Jesus-followers?
My parents’ generation of Asian Chinese descent had always perceived Christianity as a “Western religion” even though God’s desire in 2 Peter 3:9 is for people of all races and cultural groups to be reconciled to Christ. I had been mindful of the cultural context of my parents’ generation in my evangelistic outreach to my parents (who only understand Mandarin and Chinese dialects) for over more than twenty years.
It has been 9 years since my first encounter with Singapore Centre for Global Missions (SCGM). Along the way I’ve wondered to myself a few times: What exactly is the work that SCGM does? What would happen if SCGM suddenly wasn’t there – what would change?
The COVID-19 pandemic has given Singapore churches a precious opportunity to stop from our busyness and reflect on the way we do missions. A SCGM research team engaged with 18 local pastors and 22 missionaries from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand (CLMT) in one-on-one interviews and focus group discussions.
There is good news and bad news. We can rejoice that the biggest lift out of poverty in the history of mankind has happened in our generation. The bad news is that due to the corona virus, restrictions and lockdown measures, we risk a major global setback.