into this leaving home. We are dislocating
and relocating as a part of our faith journey. He’s in it. That kind of dislocation
brings up all kinds of stuff.
We feel out of control. The food is
strange. We get sick. We’re kind of helpless.
How are we blessing anyone? We struggle
with the pride of the fact that we are in a
place where we can’t express our faith
directly. In the midst of that we have to go
to a deeper place of trust, that Jesus is
making us salt and light even in this situation. He makes Himself apparent through
weak and vulnerable lives. That’s not easy,
but there’s a power to that kind of witness.
FT: Do you still see people out in the field
carrying out mission in not the best way?
SC: I’m trying to do my research from my
global partners. They will tell me yes, that
there are some things that happen locally
that aren’t great. We have to keep learning
and growing because the global Church
keeps changing and changing. We need to
people who are writing lots and lots about
this. It’s living in that and rejoicing. I have
spiritual homes in so many places because
of this interconnection we have. It’s such a
blessing to me. And that it’s a blessing to
us is a blessing to them. It’s a blessing to
Sierra Leone to know that Canada cares.
God is the author of all this – all these
relationships, all these connections.
FT: We’re a bit skeptical of the argument that
we should just send the money we would spend
going to the Majority World instead of actually
going there. We’re skeptical someone would send
SC: That’s exactly right. Yeah, okay, maybe
there’s the rare person that does that. The
way we move into care and out of apathy
is through relationship. The relationship
is what changes us. We get blown away by
It moves us so deeply, it actually affects
our wallet. I don’t know if what I’m hearing is the global Church wants money. I
THE FT INTERVIEW
keep coming back to the relationship,
listening to our partners to find what will
bring a mutual blessing. I feel I’m a matchmaker between the host country chapter
and a university chapter of IVCF doing a
global partnership. I ask what would be
helpful and galvanizing to both.
What are we doing expertise-wise that
is making a huge difference? I don’t know.
At the end of the day, did they really need
me? At the end of the day, the Sierra Leone
team turns to me and says, “Brother Steve
will share the gospel.” Well, they could do
that better than I can. But they want us to
pick up the shovel. It’s taking ownership
that we are related in the Body of Christ.
We are participating.
FT: Some people love going on mission trips.
And some people are bothered by that. Can you
SC: Some will say that’s just tourism. I think
it’s something else. Global partnership is
actually being the Body of Christ. There are
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