By Dorcas, OMF SG Missionary to Taiwan
Growing up in Asia, I’ve always believed that meals are more than just sustenance; they are moments where friends and family come together. Being away from loved ones during festive seasons can be challenging. In my journey of studying abroad and engaging in cross-cultural missions for a couple of years, I’ve experienced the power of love and community in a host country, turning it into a home away from home.
One vivid memory is my first Lunar New Year away from home in the Philippines. The church I served in there went above and beyond to celebrate the festive season with me, despite it not being a part of their culture. I also recall being warmly invited to an all Singaporean Christmas Party in Australia while doing missions there.
During my undergraduate years in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, I formed a special bond with my spiritual mentor/mother. For this upcoming festive season, she warmly invited me to return “home”, and it truly warms my heart to know that I have a place to go back to, even when I’m away from my home country.
This festive season, my plan is to return to Kaohsiung and serve in the ministry that played a significant role in my university days. My spiritual mentor and I will be hosting university students who are unable to go home during this festive season. Our aim is to share a meaningful reunion dinner with them, ensuring they feel the warmth of home and fostering a sense of family and togetherness of doing life together.
As we celebrate, let’s remember to reach out to those around us who are unable to go back home and let them know they are remembered. There’s always room for one more at the Father’s table!