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2017 China Mission Meeting

thumbnailThe China Mission Meeting of the East Asia Delegation began on October 2, 2017 with fresh dreams about our ministry in Mainland China. This time the venue is the Choc Van Pastoral Center in Coloane, Macao. The meeting began with an exhortation “Let God take over”. All the Claretian Missionaries who are working in Chinese Speaking area were present for the meeting. The main purpose of this China meeting was to think seriously on re-establishing our community there. It was also an opportunity to look concretely the recent developments of the church in China with the perspective of our ministries in the field of vocation promotion and mission. One of the things that came into the discussion was how to coordinate the many works we do in China individually and to redefine and qualify the objectives of our missionary presence in the mainland.

Bobin P.
China Meeting Secretary

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A European in China

mmexport1500900001558Being a European in China can make you feel like an alien, especially if you go to the rural areas where foreigners are rarely seen, and try to live with the local people. There are three options for an “alien” like you: show your difference, try to hide it, or accept it with naturalness. I chose the third and I saw that we actually had more things in common than I had previously thought.
Yes, it´s true that the Spanish people think from the particular to the general and the Chinese from the general to the particular. For example, a Spaniard writes his home address starting with the street and finishing with the country while a Chinese does the opposite. When a Spaniard does something he thinks in terms of the result, but a Chinese thinks of the process. I discovered this when the Chinese students laughed at me when I tried to copy a Chinese character.
But all of us have the same dreams, hopes and feelings, and there is a language stronger than all the other languages, a language beyond words or borders. This language is born in the heart of people and is spoken with the eyes, the body… with one’s life.

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