With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #20.
Although I’m uncomfortable in situations where language differences make conversation hard, if not impossible, something about this church draws me. Despite not knowing Mandarin, I want to return. My language limitation did not limit my worship of God. He was present and his presence enthralled me.
Experiencing the singing in Mandarin provided a time of deep worship. I wonder if this is unique to Mandarin or this congregation – or if perhaps hearing God worshiped in any language would affect me the same way.
If I do return, I’ll first ask friends to pray I’ll be able to supernaturally understand the message. It seems like a big, bold request to make, but God can do that, of this I’m confident. And if he doesn’t, it will still be a wonderful time because our focus will be on him regardless of the language we use.