Just got back from a breakfast meeting (late breakfast though so I did not eat :-)) with 4 local Samoan pastors. My first meeting with them and as usual I was the odd one out - the lone Asian guy. And all were from AoG or Charismatic / Pentecostal churches
But I felt at very home with them - instantly felt a part of the group. Sharing was NOT superficial even though it was my first meeting, and they were all old friends - some going way back!
Some may say that this may be because we are all Christians and even more, all pastors (though one was a part time pastor). True but even among Christian groups and pastors groups I do not necessarily feel welcome or accepted in Malaysia (*yikes shocking to say this I know).
Nice to have a sense of oneness so quickly ... Before our meeting, there was this Australian guy there (white) - not a pastor, not a church goer, and Pastor Derek (the organizer was happily chatting with him, and introduced me - we all three were strangers). No racism!
So now, back to Malaysia - more than 50 years of "nation building" and it is certainly becoming progressively worse. God have mercy!