Dim Sum – Connecting Across Cultures

Connecting Across Cultures


‘Train up a child in the way they should go: and when they are old, they will not depart from it’
(Proverbs 22:6).

As a 25-year-old woman, it’s perhaps slightly strange to admit that I am becoming increasingly like my father. I catch glimpses in the small moments: when I’m passionately washing out the recycling before putting it in the bin, or poring over every single historical plaque on a walk. My sisters and I would laugh at my dad for these things when we were younger, but now they have become habits I own.

Far more than these amusing idiosyncrasies, there are also much bigger values that my parents have instilled in me and which, one day, I will seek to instil in any children of my own. However, my ‘training’ was not always easy and, like many teenage girls, it would be my dad that I clashed with. Looking back I can see what a challenge Dad faced in connecting across cultures to train his teenage daughters in godly values.

Age 13, there was the incident when I was forbidden to wear the pink Playboy tracksuit that was the ‘in thing’ to wear at my dance class. At the time I thought it was a lot of fuss over a small bunny symbol, but now I see that Dad was deliberately boycotting what he saw as an insidious aspect of contemporary culture.

When I was 14 there was the time that Dad started a conversation with a really cool older boy by asking him why he wore an FCUK branded baseball cap. At the time I thought this was the most embarrassing thing ever, but now I can see that Dad was trying to question an accepted part of youth culture.

Then at age 15, Dad and I clashed over the teen magazines I was reading. Dad disapproved, but instead of banning them he paid for a subscription to a Christian girl’s mag in my name. He was seeking to provide a positive, healthy alternative to this aspect of teen culture.

So as we prepare to celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday, not least in a week when a significant rise in fatherlessness has been reported, let’s pray for the dads in our churches. Let’s support them as they seek to connect creatively across cultures with their children as it’s bound to be bumpy along the way!
Sarah-Jane Marshall
Project Leader – LICC’s Work Forum
Connecting Across Cultures

‘Train up a child in the way they should go: and when they are old, they will not depart from it’ (Proverbs 22:6).

http://www.licc.org.uk/resources/2013/06/14/connecting-across-cultures/

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