Birthed within her, Anna Chan has always had a deep love for the nations and for diversity in culture. She sees a parallel between the authenticity of people groups to God’s heartbeat for Heaven to be established on earth. In September of 2011, Anna embarked on an exploratory expedition to find the unreached tribes and people groups of East Africa to see what opportunities there were for humanitarian aid, leadership training, early education and other long-term developments. Leaving from Cape Town, she drove with her team through 11 countries: Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi. She travelled through open savannah; steep, rocky mountains; deserts and jungles, passing through crowded cities and lone isolated hurts.
“God has instilled not only in every single person, but also in every culture, a unique attribute of His character within them. There is something so unique about the way every culture expresses God’s beauty and intricate nature onto our world. We all a carry a part of who God is, a part of His glory and splendor, that collectively composes a colorful tapestry of His Heavenly Kingdom. This reality has reinforced my compassion towards the broken and lost. To travel into the deepest parts of Africa, I got to see a spectrum of cultures, and a beautiful picture of God’s diverse Kingdom.
You look into the eyes of the Nomadic tribal people, and see eyes that have seen the freshness and wealth of a new spring rain that breaks a drought. Eyes that have seen death and mourning. Grief of a dead camel, a family’s entire life possession held in a single animal. Eyes that have seen their children die in their hands, or parents murdered. I may never fully grasp the emotional weight of these experiences their have beheld. We are worlds apart.
To allow the scope of my vision and worldview to be stretched, I’m essentially experiencing new aspects of God’s splendor. The breath of our cultures, what this world carries, is magnificent, just like our Heavenly Father. Each individual has a story to tell. Each person’s story is a single, significant thread woven into the great tapestry of God’s love story to us.
There is such power in personal testimony, because it encapsulates what every heart experiences of Christ’s touch. Whether that person has or has yet to experience God’s goodness, you get this picture of a greater understanding of what Heaven looks like. I can only imagine that one day all nations will be in one voice and in one accord. We become family as our voices harmonize together, because of that one constant between us: an encounter with God and the experience of His unconditional, unfailing love.
Through prophetic and creative expression, I get to capture this exchange of Heaven. It is my hope to bring light of the Great Commission and spread awareness of what God is doing in the hard, unengaged parts of Africa. As I taste and give vision to others of Heaven, we all catch a glimpse of God’s breathtaking goodness and what that does to us. The Spirit tells this story of Love through an emotional resonance of what Jesus has done. It is this story that brings true freedom and light, breaking off strongholds, and releasing unspeakable joy.
This is the ultimate, epic story God calls us to be a part of, which our hearts were created for. We don’t just watch it unfold before us, but we are called to participate. His power doesn’t just operate outside of us: It activates the things He has birthed in our own hearts that bring fulfillment and life in abundance. We are all vital to make His Heavenly kingdom complete.
Apr 11 - Apr 14, 2012
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