“The Spirits of Indigenous Peoples in Asia tuned well with Christianity”
Dr Paul Hwang. (Director of the Center for Asia Peace and Solidarity under WTII
Participants visited three Karen and Lahu ethnic groups living in mountainous areas in Chiang Mai as exposure trip.
Archbishop Patrick D' Rozario, president of Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference (FABC), said: I am sure the lay-centered event will influence much to discover “the great spirits of the indigenous peoples all over Asia”, hoping that it will inspire people concerned to work with and to work for the IPs. “The great spirits in IPs really links us up with the Spirit of God, because anything which is good comes from God”. I expect that the event will “make the participants more open to the dialogue with the poor, dialogue with the faiths and dialogue with cultures by which the FABC is spirited and guided.”
Reflections after listening to four lectures/experience/insights/case study & country report which include;-
REFLECTIONS OF THE DAY
Reflections after the visit of the villages of Pharmon in the neighborhood of Chiang Mai
- We are connected to one another though we have different faiths
- Everything is missing for them, but God is our God
(From leader of religious spirit Lohu).
- Misunderstanding of relationship between human and nature creates separateness which isolates our true being
- I could define what is the meaning the poor and poverty.
- In Pharmon community we have realized that there were new ways of living together among believers in different religions.
In this article, Malaysian Jojo Fung reflects out of his experience of ministry among indigenous peoples in his home country, in order to propose several theological principles, and several models for faithful and effective missionary work. Father Fung's theological principles are the goodness of creation, the cultural reality of Jesus' ministry, the reality of the Incarnation, the power of the Resurrection, the presence of the Spirit, and the "principle of the Sound Tree."
Group activities (visit to cultural/historical/ecological sites)
“Home stay” at IPs’ homes or other places
Joining IPs working at fields
Sharing and Evaluation - - Watching video on Indigenous Peoples’ Lives.