From January 3-8, we were at Skogheim Christian Retreat Centre near Shelly Beach, in the province of kwaZulu-Natal, with fellow workers in the organizations of Mennonite Mission Network, Mennonite Church Canada Witness, and Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Together we represented four countries of work (Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland) and four nationalities (Canada, Swaziland, United States, Zimbabwe). This year's retreat was blessed with an infusion of young adults who were serving/had served in programs of the aforementioned Mennonite organizations: MCC's SALT, in which young adults from North America spend a year living and working in a foreign country; MCC's IVEP, in which young adults from countries where MCC works spend a year living and working in North America; and Mission Network's Radical Journey, in which young adults from North America spend a year living as community and learning what if means to follow Jesus in the context of the global church.
Together we shared stimulating input on the theme of "experiencing God in another culture", vibrant worship, and much-needed (from the perspective of this writer) recreation (I remembered the sheer joy of Mennonite summer camp with pool games, in this case polo, soccer, and ultimate). Best of all was the awareness that our children enjoy these events so much which bridge for them the world they hear about (North America) and the world in which they live (Africa).
Thanks to Joan Alty for the photo.