It has caught up faster than we expected! Yes, I am talking about the social networking sites. Are you perplexed about the need of social networking for your ministry or church? Does the internet seem to offer you a myriad of opportunities but you don’t know how to get the best out of them? Before I go any further, let me say that, I may not be a media expert but our ministry’s media presence often is a topic of conversation with some. There have been pastors asking about these networks and how do they work. It is quite obvious that some desire to get the best out of what technology has to offer, to escalate the connectivity of the ministry with the masses, to which I hope this blog will help throw some light on.
There are benefits and pressures of having more than one culture. On the one hand, young diaspora Asians have the best of both worlds. Their life experience can be seen as richer and more diverse than those who have knowledge of only one culture. They can have bhangra and rock, chapatis and chips, Bollywood and Hollywood. On the other hand, they have to balance the demands of living in cultures which sometimes conflict with each other. Some feel they don’t fully belong to any culture, never fully accepted in either world.
The term 'diaspora' refers to a dispersion of a people from their original homeland. It was originally used to refer to the dispersion of the Jews from Palestine, following the Babylonians' conquest of the Judean Kingdom in the 6th century BC. Until fairly recently, it was used to refer to Jews living outside of modern day Israel. Now it is used more widely for all the movements of peoples away from their homelands, such as Chinese, Filipino, Nigerian and Iranian, to name just a few. So when we talk about the South Asian diaspora, we mean people of South Asian descent who are not living in their original homeland – Indians in Durban, Pakistanis in New York, Sri Lankans in Oslo, and so on. Some people of the South Asian diaspora may never have set foot in their original 'homeland'.
The international conference attempting to reconcile South Asians across diverse ethnic boundaries was started by a local Singapore Pastor Pritam Singh Sandhu. Crossing strong political and religious boundaries, the South Asian Global Convention SAGC 2009 gathered groups like Indians, Pakistanis, Nepalis, Sri Lankans and Bangladeshis. The event, which concluded last week, was nothing short of a ‘miracle’ and ‘God’s hand’, said founder and coordinator Pastor Pritam Singh, citing remarks by attendants. It started when Pastor Pritam Singh Sandhu, 45, was undergoing his theological Master’s degree training at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. In 2002, he had a vision of God ‘handpicking’ South Asians and placing them in other countries in the diaspora to ‘touch’ them there so He can mobilise them for missions wherever they are planted."
Dr. Abraham Wesley is a humble and anointed servant of God with thirty years missionary experience. He is the founder of India Revival Ministries, radio teacher for VEDA PATASHALA" and appears in many Telugu Christian programs in Andra Pradesh, all over India and internationally among the Telugu diaspora. God is using Dr. Abraham Wesley to impact millions of Christians and non-Christians with his messages, books and monthly newsletter called "SPARKS" which contains a lot of content for spiritual growth and personal development. EVANGEL -2010 Personal Evangelism Workshop is not just another program but an effective prayer strategy and teaching tool on one-to-one evangelism. Be a part of God’s story in mission as your story of salvation intersects with your friends and family to bring glory to God and a harvest of souls for the church and for the Kingdom of God. My dear brother and sisters in Christ, don't miss this opportunity and see you and your friends on Friday 28th May 2010 at 9.00 am at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer.