Inspirational Quotes for the WEEKEND

By Charles Leyman Kachitsa

Some people grow up fearing water. There are so many explanations to this and so many dimensions of the reasons why. Water is life so they say, so why should one fear water.

In parts of the world where water is scarce, that fear of water may be for the fear of scrambles and competition it may bring as people fight each other to get it. Some would want to take control of this scarce resource in that land which might be through fighting as well.

A Hadeda Ibis drying its wings after bathing, iMfolozi, South Africa

Areas of the earth that are prone to floods, they could be said to have people who fear water. Ironically it is not always the people living there who would be the ones fearing, otherwise they could not have chosen to live in such lands. It is people uphill who exhibit that fear.

There are those who despite having this life giving resource, fear water for they fear using it for bathing. Any mention of the word water to these people rekindle thoughts of it touching their skin and causing some tickles as a result. It does not matter whether its cold or hot water to such individuals.

The quotes this week are taken from a book that is so useful for both parents and children alike in reminding them of their purpose, mandate on earth. When you read in full, it should widen your horizons. I am sure from the selected quotes of the book below, will give you one or two lessons, read and enjoy:

OUR CHILDREN NEED ROOTS AND WINGS by Dr Harvey Collins Kwiyani

“If African churches do not change the way they are working with their younger generation growing up in Britain — if they do not learn from the experience of the Afro-Caribbean churches in Britain in the past fifty years — the challenges facing Afro-Caribbean churches in Britain today will be theirs pretty soon. — ONE JAMAICAN BISHOP IN LONDON.”

“My children live in a different world from mine.” She continued. ‘They speak a language that is different from mine. They live in a culture that I know very little of. I do not understand their world at all and, as far as I can tell, they do not understand mine. I am a foreigner in their world and they are foreigners in mine. Though we live in the same house, I do not know how to communicate with them in a language that they can understand. And I know many in my generation who have the same problem. What shall we do with our children in this strange land?’ ———– ‘When it comes to matters of the faith,’ she continued, ‘I am sure they are not interested, at least not in the same way that I was when I was their age in Africa, and here and now, not in our kind of church. ……………..”

“Case in point; I know of a Ghanaian congregation in Germany where the older generation do not speak fluent German and, thus, must depend on Twi as their main language, even for their church services. Their children, however, speak German as their Muttersprache and can barely understand Twi at all. As a result, the parents speak Twi to the children, and naturally, the children respond in German. The intergenerational miscommunications that have become a normal part of the community and congregation’s life are perplexing. Each of the members seem to have mastered the art of cross-lingual communication, even though, as the pastor lamented to me, a great deal of what is said in their worship services is lost in translation. ………… A huge part of the cultural differences comes from the fact that the younger generation are more Western — in these two cases, more German and British — than they are Ghanaian and Eritrean, respectively. To be able to effectively disciple them, the older generation must engage the younger as they would do people of any strange tribe.”

THERE IS NO BIBLE WITHOUT MIGRATION – A careful reading of the Bible suggests that migration is a normative theme in its grand narrative. Migration is so central to the biblical narrative that the Bible can justifiably be thought of as a book about migrations. Of course, the Bible tells of God’s dealings with humans, and since migration is a human condition that goes back to the Garden of Eden, God deals with human beings in the very state of migration. Some scholars have argued, correctly in my opinion, that without migration, the Bible would not be the Bible as we know it. A great number of the major stories in the Bible took place in the context of migration. Genesis contains many such stories that some scholars have suggested that it can rightly be called the Book of Migrations. People are on the move throughout Genesis from as early as the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden to Jacob’s declaration that his descendants would someday return to Canaan as was promised to them by God to Abraham. Indeed, Genesis is just the beginning of the story, but this beginning cannot be explained without migration. ………..”

“To follow Christ in this world is similar to exploring life as migrants would in a foreign land. If we take this identity seriously, as probably Christ meant it to be, we do not have a home in this world. Like the patriarchs, we live our lives wandering, looking for a city whose maker and architect is God. Yet, we live in a world where governments are building walls and politicians are promising to reduce migration. Many African migrants find it difficult to negotiate a positive identity when they are constantly labelled and scapegoated.”

DR HARVEY COLLINS KWIYANI

Dr Harvey Collins Kwiyani originated  from Malawi some years ago. He stayed for several years in the USA before relocating to the UK. He teaches theology, missiology, and leadership courses at several places in the USA, Europe and Africa but is currently based at Liverpool Hope University as Senior Lecturer where he teaches African Theology.

Dr Harvey Kwiyani – to talk about Identity

He founded and continues to be the general editor of African Missiology. He is also author of several books including such titles as, ‘Sent Forth: African Missionary Work in the West’, ‘Mission-shaped Church in a Multi-cultural World’, and the book, ‘Our Children Need Roots and Wings.’