[FT] Address by Irish Quaker Missionary Physician
lingle at bellsouth.net
Mon Oct 26 14:31:05 PDT 2009
I am not surprised at the direction this stream is taking here.
I sit here trying to imagine how the discussion of Pope Benedict XVI's
recent overture to Anglicans might have taken place on a Catholic list and
then again on an Episcopal one. Wouldn't the Pope's representative say
pretty much what Joe Ginder opines below? And wouldn't an Anglican
spokeswoman--I use that noun advisedly and consciously!--have taken umbrage
at the Pope's decision?
But then, again, I may be wrong.
For what it's worth.
Chattanooga Meeting (SAYMA)
On 10/26/09 5:19 PM, "Joe Ginder" <joe.ginder at lbfc.org> wrote:
> Bill Rushby asks:
>> With Larry, I also wonder about the part played by the
>> Evangelical Friends' mission efforts in Ireland. Is it
>> legitimate for one Quaker denomination to establish mission
>> outposts on someone else's turf? The Conservative Friends
>> have faced this issue, and some criticism, for establishing
>> meetings in areas where other groups enjoyed a monopoly in the past.
> I don't believe there is any such thing as "someone else's turf". It all
> belongs to God, and he arranges his people through Christ as he sees fit.
> If Christ says "go", then those to whom he is speaking had best go.
> Of course, it is only a sign that we really love one another, as his people,
> to communicate and work together as that makes sense. This sensibility
> should cross group boundaries, and respect them, between all groups of
> Jesus' followers, not just among those who have one sort of historical
> connection or another.
> Then there are those who are descended in some physical way from some of
> Jesus' people in the past, but whom no longer know him. Jesus' people would
> have to connect with these in a different way, but certainly not by
> considering where they are to be someone else's turf.
>> From the perspective of those who are already there, it is only a matter of
> due diligence for newcomers to find out what God is already doing in them as
> they come to the area and act appropriately. Good missionaries who are
> well-prepared know that God has gone ahead of them and that they work to his
> agenda rather than inventing their own. Followers on the ground have reason
> to appreciate the arrival of new workers for the harvest, since such are
> few. Those working for the same Lord are not in competition, even though we
> often feel as though we are - and act like it!
> If everyone wants God's glory more than their own...
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