A new Community of a multicultural nature worshiping in Mandarin, a Chinese Language is emerging at Parklands Baptist Church, Westlands Nairobi Kenya. Dubbed ParkiGuoji Fellowship, the Chinese service is held every Saturday afternoon and presents an opportunity for Chinese as well as non-Chinese who like the Chinese language to worship God in language of their choice.
"Even though we are different; come from different backgrounds, we can be one in Christ Jesus. Why? Because we have the same origin in God. We all share in the image of God," says Wayne who leads this fellowship.
The message of wholistic transformation as taught by CMS-Africa emphasizes that there should be no disunity in church. "The church should bring together people from different backgrounds because of the love of Jesus Christ and we congratulate Parklands Baptist for hosting the Chinese congregation," says Rev. Tongoi
Through the death and resurrection of a Jesus Christ we created a new people all together.
Wayne and the wife who come from Malaysia shared from Galatians. He said that they come from Malaysia and in Malaysia there are people of different nationalities.The politicians separate the people along tribe, nation, race, among others but in Church of Jesus Christ, we declare a new message: there is neither Jew nor Greek...
In the church we are a new community. Kenyans and Chinese can love one another. Malaysian and Chinese can love each other because in Christ we are one community
Romans 16 presents various names of people mentioned in the city of Rome. The city of Rome had many people of different origins. The Romans themselves saw other people as second class citizens. The gap between the rich and the poor was large. 40-50% were slaves and didn't have privileges and rights like the other people.
The relationship of different people in a Rome was different. Jews Greek, Africans, Asia-Turkey but they all belonged to the city of Rome. Of course they had conflicts too just like in the church where we have people of different background, there will be conflicts.
In the beginning of Christendom, the Jews were chased from the city of Rome. When Paul writes to the church in Rome in 57 AD, there were no Jews in the church.
The church in a Rome at the time had many people of different cultures at the time and the Jews had greatly diminished. Just like this multicultural fellowship has many people of different background, one culture cannot be dominant.
Paul urges Christians in Rome to love one another, to care for one another and to share with one another. Chinese in Africa they cannot sympathize with the pain as they are only considered to be interested in Business.
Pastor Ambrose Nyang’ao the senior pastor of Parklands Baptist church who was present at the anniversary said that the church of Jesus Christ is happy to proclaim the gospel of the Kingdom. When a seed is planted in the soil and you wait for it to come out, when it finally comes out, there is great joy. One person plants another one waters and God gives the increase.
Galatians 3:28 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Responses from the Worshippers
Pastor Victor who runs the Chinese Ministry is overjoyed at the love and great interaction between people of different races coalescing around Christ in a Chinese fellowship.
The church rejects social classes, tribalism, and racism. In Christ Jesus we are one family. The church brings together people from different social classes and they are able to unite at the feet of Christ.
In October 2011, Wayne came to Africa for the very first time. He was attending a Lausanne Conference at Cape-Town. He went to the church on Sunday, a church that had been pastured by the retired Primate, Desmond Tutu.
That Sunday Morning during the Worship, he noticed an inscription on the walls of the church:-HIV Friendly church. He was much moved and was happy to Worship with Africans and people from other quarters. He figured out that in that congregation, there must have been congregants who were HIV positive and yet they were not discriminated against in the church.
In this divisive world, we can become the signposts that point people to Christ regardless of their color, tribe, and class.