A Place of Belonging

by Satomi Tanaka
Satomi Tanaka

Satomi Tanaka

Since I arrived in New Zealand earlier this year to be an intern at the Wycliffe NZ office, I have been involved in many communities. The language school I attended for the first three months helped me not only to improve my English, but also to meet new people experiencing similar things as they settled into a different culture. This community helped me to have a place to belong and I made the most of every opportunity that came up. While at the school, I spent time getting to know Wycliffe staff by attending shared lunches and meetings, and I received help finding accommodation and settling into life in New Zealand. Now as I start my internship, I am working amongst people I know in a familiar setting. Mount Albert Baptist is another community I have become part of. By attending a Life group, church services and an ESOL class, I have the opportunity to make more friendships and share my faith story.

Being a part of community brings me into contact with a lot of different people allowing me to see different points of view, cultures and experiences. It also helps me to have a wide range of people to talk to about the challenges I face, enabling me to hear different ideas and possible solutions. New Zealand is not my home country; it is a completely new place. I can find my own place of belonging here by being involved in community.

Return to Living Words September 2017

John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word

Verse for today

You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by chasing after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes.