In this atypical time in which we are living we have the opportunity to reinforce and re-signify one of the needs we have: “We need each other”. Moreover, the Bible (1 Cor. 12) calls us the body of Christ, which reveals a member’s inability to do all the work alone. And to complement the work on interculturality and to hear more about what God is doing in the Netherlands, emerged what we call “Inspirational Talks”. This time Michele Atsma da Silva interviews Cali Kadionda
Interculturality is part of my identity
From an outsider to a disciple of Jesus, this is Cali born in Angola, who extended his home to The Netherlands. The place where he was welcomed and got a family.
“I came to The Netherlands when I was still a teenager, at 16 years old. Interculturality is part of my life, my identity. I feel at home where there are cultures together. Culture is also a gift from God, it is not something we invented for ourselves – God was the first gardener, the first creator of culture and we are called to imitate God.”
Re-signify our history
Cali is part of an intercultural team which is composed of Dutch, Angolan, Iranian, Iraqi, Syrian and German. For 3 years he and his wife were part of ICF Ede, (Christian group from several churches) working in the refugee camp in Ede). But by government decision the camp was closed. Times of crisis and chaos shakes our structure, but it can also be an invitation from God to re-signify our history.
Due to the closure they saw the opportunity to create an intercultural church and in two years ICF organization started as a church. And in this process ICP had the privilege of being able to participate, serving according to its calling to teach and equip. And of course they’re mutual exchanges.
I am not alone
“ICP entered in our history and was fundamental in our process to learn how to create and maintain a community, an intercultural church. ICP was and still has been support for me and my ministry. Bringing guidance in several areas, such as leadership, conflict resolution, but what I think is fundamental, is to know that I am not alone. There is an organization with open arms to support. And this, I can make a link to my church, my community.
The bridge we use to link to each other
I’ve learned that what unites people is the place you give them in your life. I have quality time with my brothers in church, but also in my home, so the Christianity that I share is coherent. In daily life we can get to know each other better, but it brings a sense of family too. This is the bridge we use to link one culture to another. Many lost their origin family, some for immigrating and others for being Christians.
The gospel is relational!
If you do not have a family to offer, the gospel that is presented is incomplete. I’m sharing what has changed my life and brought meaning to it, Jesus Christ. Members have been a close family reference for me and my family. In time of need they have shown themselves as brothers to me. It’s a mutual exchange in the relationship, one sowing in the other’s life. “