Training Reflection: Potchefstroom, 20-22 October 2015
I had the opportunity to train 13 pastors of the Ikageng community just outside Potch. They were representative of 5 different churches. Of the 13 delegates, 4 were women.
During the training I was confronted with how much the different cultures in South Africa are separated from one another in terms of what we really know about each other’s way of being together.
We live in the same country, but do not make a big effort to really understand one another.
We had 3 days of training and what a privilege it was to see them grapple with, and in some cases deeply struggle with the content and how to make it fit in their culture. The moment they realised that culture is man-made and subject to Scripture, understanding was the result. How wonderful to experience their “wow-moments” with them.
One of these “wow-moments” came to Andreas (not his real name). In the middle of a teaching session he jumped up and shouted: “I got it, I got it! Now I know why my people are in trouble. I will never preach in the same way again!”