As we travel and visit people in different parts of the world, the need to be connected is prevalent. When there is a feeling of isolation, the sense of being disconnected creates a deep hunger and yearning. This can happen everywhere, caused by a variety of factors. Africa, South America, Europe, North America, Asia and the Pacific, you can find isolated people everywhere. Geography, infrastructure, language, technology, relationships and values are variables that affect our sense of belonging.
Following is an excerpt from a YWAM missionary in Tanzania, expressing the deep satisfaction of feeling connected: “Last Friday our Kilimanjaro base joined the Arusha base for an evening. We sat mesmerized at the feet of Loren Cunningham (YWAM’s founding father), wishing the night would not end as he shared with us stories of his 50 years in missions. His visit was like an oasis and inspiration to all of us, parched for spiritual encouragement and input. At one o’clock I crept satisfied into bed, my soul had been fed.”
Today we see that gaps are being bridged. Within YWAM there is a growing level of connection on many levels. Communication is flowing through multiple channels and people are increasingly being included in these arenas. Relationships are being strengthened by convening together. Mobile communication is increasing, web communication is becoming more strategic and within GENESIS we also see a new wave of initiatives that bring people together. In this time of new opportunities our eyes also need to go to those that continue to feel isolated. As we push the boundaries, someone continues to be on the edge. This is an opportunity to be proactive about breaking isolation and continue innovating to bring our global family together.