"Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all
your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and
the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” -Matthew 22:37-40
Bridging Cultures. That was the theme of this month's Swazi Team building training session. During the session we all learned how to work together to build a bridge. Some were assigned the task of building the base, while others were assigned to building the bridge part. The trick was that we were separated into two groups and had to build each part in separate locations without seeing what the others were building. We had one chance where we
could send two representatives from the base group to meet with two representatives from the bridge group in a neutral location and try to communicate what each group was building...with the hope that when we were finished, the entire project would somehow fit together.
This exercise taught us several things: The importance of working together, the importance of good communication skills and the importance of good teamwork in bridging a gap.
When we get to Swaziland, there will be several gaps that will need to be bridged. Language, socioeconomic, and cultural differences being just a few. But as Jesus tells us in this verse in Matthew, what we really need to do is just keep focused on 2 things: loving God & loving others. When we do that, then He will miraculously bridge those gaps...all to His glory!