Continental Theological Seminary (CTS), Europe’s regional seminary located in a historic chateau near Brussels, Belgium, is a premier Assemblies of God institution of higher learning. In its rich 60-year history, CTS has trained thousands of students who have gone on to lead national and international ministries throughout Europe. With a dedicated faculty sharing decades of ministry experience, the vibrant academic culture at CTS should come as no surprise. But just as exciting as the training happening inside the academy is the depth of ministry happening outside the classroom, led by Assemblies of God missionaries.
With a robust inquiry, she asked, “Are you okay?” I quickly replied with some apprehension in my voice, “Yes, dear, I am fine...but our Speed the Light car is in the middle of the Danube River.” The questions gushed like a freshly opened fire hydrant. “Are you okay? What happened? Did you get your computer out? What about your suitcase?”
While on the field, missionaries find themselves in unique situations and sometimes, a quick text or a brief phone call is all that is afforded in any given moment. I was reminded recently of an incident that may have just been a bit of a “communication breakdown.” Perhaps my experience can help you in your relationships and in your communication skills.
Twenty years ago, the corner brick building near the riverfront in Antwerp, Belgium was a place where prostitutes gathered to work. Today that same building is a place where they can gather to play board games, be a part of a book club, drink good coffee, and hear about the life-giving hope they can have in Jesus Christ.