Receiving New Family and Friends
by Hezekiah Samwini*
“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields…”
MARK 10:29-30 (NIV)
As Christmas approached last year (2015), I realized that, for the first time, I would not be celebrating with family, visiting friends, and listening to my favorite carols. But then I received several invitations from families in my new home. I enjoyed sitting around the table, talking about the year, and sharing stories of how Christmas is celebrated in Ghana. I did miss Christmas with my family, but I realized that I had a new, bigger family, right here in Germany—caring people who are ready to support me, not only in my work, but also in my walk with God.
Hezekiah Samwini (second from left) accompanies a group of refugees to a museum exhibition.
Working in Germany with migrant congregations, I meet a lot of people from different backgrounds and cultures. I am learning more about myself and how my background affects the way I relate to the world and live out the gospel. I have enjoyed observing how people from different backgrounds and cultures relate to one another and to the world by putting their faith into action. I am just a few months into my service, but I am excited about the blessedness of this experience. I am grateful for the many new families and friends I have found on this journey and for the challenges that make me grow in my relationships.
Hezekiah Samwini, from Ghana, serves as one of a group of Global Mission Fellows assigned to International and Migrant Ministries in Germany.
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