Where do you stand on immigration? Where do you stand on difference? How good are you at recognizing your dominance?
I had been among the “dominants” blind to my dominance before an activity in a workshop I attended a few years ago helped me to discover a few things about myself, and the way we sometimes see other cultures.Read More
Going on a short-term mission trip? Here are three helpful hints to consider before you go!
1. Dress appropriately – it has been said that a great rule of thumb for how to dress appropriately on a mission trip is to wear what your grandparents would approve of. While certain clothing styles may be appropriate in the US, they are not in many countries around the world. Please seek to fit in to the culture you are serving in and avoid wearing tight clothing (including yoga or workout type pants or tight t-shirts), short skirts or shorts, low necked tops, spaghetti straps.
2. Consider keeping your valuables at home or if you bring them, locked up in your room if at all possible – the rule of thumb here is that is it’s something you would be really upset to lose, don’t bring it. Besides, being away from technology and reminders of our wealth can be a very freeing experience for you and for the people you are serving.Read More
By Dr. Kit Flowers
“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrew 4:16 (NASV)
This month we start a new fiscal year. We will begin to share on a new theme and theme verse. This year we have chosen the theme of “Draw Near” based on the charge from the writer of Hebrews found in chapter 4 vs. 16.
I always enjoy reading the various translations of a verse, and in particular how various translators have rendered a particular word. Our theme of “Draw Near” from Hebrews 4:16 is also translated in some of the other editions as the following: let us approach, let us come boldly, come therefore publicly, go confidently, let us go boldly, and come near then with freedom. Each of these speaks to how we come to the throne of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ to find mercy and grace to help in times of need.
How do I approach His throne of grace? Do I do so with boldness and confidence?Read More
Cherie has been serving in Ethiopia and working with SIM (Serving in Mission) since February of 2014 where she works among the Gumuz people. In a recent prayer letter, she reflected on the Gumuz culture and how the people tend to focus on issues of fear and power, just like Dr. Karen Stoufer predicted they would in last week’s post A Gospel for all Cultures.
How would Cherie go about sharing the Gospel in this culture?
By: Malia Drennan
She wrote, “In North America and Western Europe we tend to strongly focus on issues of guilt and innocence. Our human approach to wrong-doing or sin is to say, “I made a mistake” and to emphasize what the individual actually did. Our cultural solution is to right the wrong, seek justice and to impose punishments such as fines or incarceration.”
So I wasn’t shocked by the results that showed up in my inbox after taking the Culture Test from a North American perspective.Read More