It is quite common for people who write or speak about mission to use the metaphor of a bridge or bridge building to explain their work. Yesterday, however, I heard a new take on this from Anne-Marie Kool who was speaking at the European Evangelical Missionary Alliance conference.
Anne-Marie took as her starting point the Chain Bridge in Budapest and made three interesting points.
- Scottish engineers were brought in to help build the bridge. It was a collaboration between foreign and local workers which did a huge amount of good for the country.
- The bridge allows traffic to flow in two directions, not just one.
- Although the bridge has linked the twin cities of Buda and Pest, they have not lost their individual identities. Union has not brought uniformity.
The implications for cross-cultural mission work are clear and thought provoking.
I realise that the photograph is not of the chain bridge in Budapest (or of any other bridge come to that), but I don’t have any bridge photos stored on my laptop. I will try and blog other reflections from this conference as time allows and I may just have some good photos to go with them.