We’re reading on contextualization with some men at the church from Tim Keller’s book, Center Church (part 3). To accompany that reading I’m dipping into other resources on contextualization. As I listened to Zane Pratt’s workshop on contextualization in global missions, I was convicted by something he said. He talked about missionaries who go overseas but skype and facebook with their friends and family in the States so frequently that they don’t build deep friendships with those they’ve been sent to. They’ve never really left the U. S.
As I look at my friendships with people here in Los Angeles, among the Shatto community, I praise God for my friendships. But I don’t have friends that I hang out with regularly, celebrate and rest with, kick it with, and do stuff with. This needs to change! It starts with being convicted (thanks Zane!). Now I need to ask God to change me and give me opportunities to deepen friendships with my neighbors and community and then begin to really share life and friendship with them. I also need to spend less time with my friends and fam on the phone or through other means of communication. God help me! Friends, pray for me.