Tico Days

18 Mar

5ed6fa6b4e2d5b460b490cdb2d03e7d1I  just came across this little essay that I wrote a few years ago:

There are days as missionaries when the local culture is drives us CRAZY.  Here, we call them EcuaDays [Now we would call them Tico Days] and have found they can profoundly affect our mood.  Think about it:  We bring a lot on the mission field.  We bring our family culture (In my case we’re hard-working, challenge-loving, worry-warts who have difficulty submitting to others.)and our national culture. (In my case individualistic, fairly timely, problem-solving organizers.)  That’s a lot that can clash with team culture and the culture that you’re living in.

One of our biggest struggles as missionaries is convincing people to give up their culture when it conflicts with the Bible.  Being aware of these cultural issues helps.  But it’s not a solution. Today I was reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with my classIf you haven’t read this wonderful fantasy by C.S. Lewis, I highly recommend it.  It is an allegory that represents Christ’s substitutionary death and resurrection.  I came across this lovely passage:

“They say Aslan [who represents Jesus] is on the move—perhaps has already landed.” And now a very curious thing took happened.  None of the children knew who Aslan was any more than you do; but the moment the Beaver had spoken these words everyone felt quite different.  Perhaps it has sometimes happened to you in a dream that someone says something which you don’t understand but in the dream it carries some enormous meaning—either a terrifying one which turns the whole dream into a nightmare or else a lovely meaning too lovely to put into words, which makes the dream so beautiful that you remember it all your life and are always wishing you could get into that dream again.  It was like that now.  At the name of Aslan each one of the children felt something jump in his inside.  Edmund [who’d sinned] felt a sensation of mysterious horror.  Peter felt suddenly brave and adventurous.  Susan felt as if some delicious smell or some delightful strain of music had just floated by her.  And Lucy got the felling you have when you wake up in the morning and realize that it is the beginning of the holidays or the beginning of summer.

The solution is Jesus.  There is, as the song says, just something about that name.  On Ecua Days (or India Days or Russia Days) we need to praise Jesus.  “Therefore, I will praise You, LORD, among the nations; I will sing about your name.”  2 Samuel 22:50 My husband, Mike, says that when he preaches specifically about Jesus, not just mentioning Him, that something special happens.  He can see them become especially attentive and afterwards there is such a feeling of having ministered life.  We too can sing about Jesus and praise His name among the nations and watch something special happen—within ourselves.

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