• Setting sail to a hope-filled future

    Setting sail to a hope-filled future0

    During a brainstorming meeting we had with some of the EEA staff members I, Jan, spoke about an image that had I had been working on in my mind and heart. It seemed to be the right narrative for this time that we are moving away from lockdowns and we also have a new leadership team. It is the image of a sailboat embarking on a fresh journey.

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  • HOPE, the experience

    HOPE, the experience0

    Hope is more than an event or experience, it is a fundamental part of who we are as followers of Jesus Christ. Hope needs to be lived, shared, encouraged, built up and treasured, and it is the best thing we can offer to the communities where we live.

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  • CLOSENESS & ONENESS

    CLOSENESS & ONENESS0

    Where are you from? The answer to the question “Where are you from?” comes in flawless Zurich German: “Vo Züri” (from Zurich). Even when I ask again, I get the same slightly irritated answer. Has that ever happened to you? Irritating! But have you ever thought about how, for example, a second or third generation black Swiss feels, when a white person asks him this question?

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  • One People

    One People0

    Years ago, an international team of young Christians were able to, quite freely, share the Gospel in a Muslim country. While at the same time, the national believers did not enjoy the same liberty. The reason for much more freedom for the international team seems to be the fact that the authorities had no concept of a cross cultural team working in unity. And what they didn’t think was possible kept them from persecuting them.

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  • East differs from West

    East differs from West0

    Raising one’s voice in a discussion or a confrontation in Switzerland can be interpreted as insecurity or not having self-control. This is not the done thing. In many Eastern European countries, it is the other way around. It is interpreted as insecurity when one does not raise one’s voice. Not speaking up strongly shows that I am not really convinced of my point of view.

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  • East meets West – West meets East – literally

    East meets West – West meets East – literally0

    I have the impression that we (the EEA staff) were prophetic last year when we set the communication themes for 2022. For the first six months we chose “East meets West – West meets East”. Who would have thought that this would happen on so many levels and to such an extent as it is happening now?

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