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Essay: Does being a British Chinese Christian condition me to want to belong?

Written by Ho-Yen Tsang || Image by Frank Zhang, via unsplash.

Does being a British Chinese Christian condition me to want to belong?

True, very true indeed. I would say at the early years, to belong was something that I yearned for. The small town of Irthlingborough is where I live currently and being in the countryside, there isn’t really a Chinese community present. It’s harder to obtain belonging within a rural area and that being a minority felt strange as you feel like an outsider/alien. Not alien in the sense that you look alien, but what you perceive as normal is alien to others and the exact same goes the other way around.  

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My Spiritual Timeline

Guest Writer: Matt Seiboth

Writing / drawing out my ‘spiritual timeline’ is something that I started doing following a sermon I heard at BCEC titled Spiritual Development Milestones (from 13 October 2013). A spiritual timeline is a timeline of your life, but instead of focusing on key life events – such as your first day at school, the first time you went to the seaside, your wedding, etc. – this timeline focuses on the events in your life where you have seen God at work and which have helped to reinforce your faith.

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Out of the dark places

A few weeks ago, in the twilight zone between waking and sleeping, I had this picture that’s been circulating in my mind since.

In this story I had been in a dark, pitch black pit for some time, stuck in the depths of despair. Suddenly I began to see the beginnings of an opening above me, and as the opening got wider I could see the brilliant light of the sun and the blue sky above. As the door of the pit widened still, what emerged was many hands reaching down to help me up and up into the light, and faces with radiant smiles and shouts of encouragement. When I reached up and was pulled out, I started joining others to reach down and help those who were still in the pit.

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