By Simon Johnson
Simon and Helen Johnson serve with OMF in East Asia, and are currently in New Zealand on home assignment. In this article, Simon reflects on the topic of resilience, and discusses how developing resilience has helped him in his time living in a cross-cultural context.
Resilience is defined as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change”. Given that definition, I don’t think I could claim to have been that resilient of character during our first term living as missionaries in Taiwan. There was a lot of change to deal with, after all.
It’s exciting to see God using artists to open hearts and doors. Because the creative arts are attractive to many people, he is using art in mission contexts around the world.
It’s been four months since I got back from Kenya, where I ran an art residency for SIM International Arts, and I’m bowled over by God’s grace. He has taken that three-week event and breathed life into it which just goes on growing.