Lament and Song: waiting and living for the kingdom of reconciliation
Talks by Berdine van den Toren-Lekkerkerker at the 2018 Africa conference hosted by Church Mission Society at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, 9-11 November 2018.
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“Reading the newspapers, listening to the news, we hear about disasters, war, violence, injustice, about unspeakable grief. It regularly makes me ask “How long Lord, how long, when will your kingdom come?” At the same time, meeting people in different places in the world, living their daily lives as witnesses of God and his kingdom to come, fills me with hope. We meet people being reconciled with God, with each other, and with creation.
“Listening to the prophetic Servant Songs in Isaiah, we will reflect on this kingdom of God. What do they tell us about the location, and the shape and form of the kingdom? Where and how can we discover the kingdom? And what do these songs tell us about our place in that kingdom? How is this kingdom both a gift and a call?”
Berdine is a CMS mission partner, living in the Netherlands, where she, together with Benno, is involved in a small Christian community in a more deprived area of Groningen. They have lived and worked for many years in the Central African Republic at a theological school for French speaking Africa. Berdine continues to support this school, as well as other schools and centres for mission education in the Africa region and in Asia. She is also working on her PhD thesis, exploring the possibilities and challenges of Christian community with a worldwide character.