Edge – Your Cross-Cultural Moments

We think of Edge as being cross cultural in that Americans come to Europe, but often times, Edgies come from all corners of the world and sometimes Edge is right in their backyard.

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-8-47-43-pm screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-8-48-30-pm“Being a Spaniard myself, having grown up with parents that are missionaries and being this the fourth year I am part of Edge, I think what always impacts me is how the love of God living in the Edgies trascends culture differences. The moment they let go of what they know and are open to see people as God sees them- broken, and lost and needing of His love (these traits are common to all human beings), God’s love reaches out. The Edge team is not just a bunch of ordinary American tourists. Spaniards get a ton of them, constantly, and they can see there is something different, something that does not belong to an earthly culture. It is in the way we love, the way we act and talk, in our food, our laughter and our art. Through all of these, Jesus shines through.” Hadasa Gallor

And sometimes, we have to step away from our culture to appreciate another.

“I have actually experienced how important it is to understand and truly care about the different culture you are entering into. Most people love and take pride in their home town, so showing that you genuinely want to be a part of their culture can soften and open hearts. Knowing the culture also helps you know how to best minister to those people. For example, we came in being told that forward evangelism would not be the way to reach people because that would put them off and seem intrusive. Knowing that information beforehand allowed us to be free to minister to and bless the town in different ways — by just being loving, showing interests in the artistic aspect of this place, and kindly inviting people in to just talk.”              Kristin Wong

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