Intercultural threshold-crossers are frequently overwhelmed by floods of difference. Language, ways of thinking, ethics, religion… it’s all paralyzingly, stupefyingly strange. Understanding our default reactions to…
My counsellor told me that I am addicted to adrenaline. Like Michael Schumacher, who retired from racing Formula 1 cars only to have a near-fatal…
“Why do Americans sleep on the couch after they fight?” she asked, through her laughter. I wasn’t sure what she meant at first, so she explained further.
Our friend ‘L’ has started blogging from Kurdistan. Here’s an extract… He told me he was Kurdish and my mind drew a complete blank. Of course…
We will faithfully trudge into January, back into language learning and the 9-5 of childcare, cultural contextualisation, discipleship, housework, team and family life. But we cry out, Lord, for another Pentecost.
Living and serving cross-culturally is very complex. Just staying afloat in-country requires a certain amount of administrative gumption. But in your administrative table of life, always keep a column for dreaming!
Openness to the unexpected is a key attitude for mission. Mission is saturated with surprise.
At Christmas we celebrate the Proximity of God. God does not stay in heaven, dispassionate and objective. God is emotionally invested.
Our guest contributor Luke gets the conversation going on how to financially support your God-adventure.
Today’s guest contribution takes us to the mountains of Nepal before they shook, for quiet moments from a Nepali village
Ruslan shares about what God has done in his own heart, and in his region of Southern Russia.
Jonathan Kyando shares about the church in Tanzania in this brief interview.
Mr. Booker Kapalamula Banda takes 10 minutes to share with us from Malawi.
Over the next couple posts we’ll hear snippets of what God is doing around the world. Today Zafar shares from Central Asia.
Elijah’s story helps us walk through unmet expectations.
In Part 2 of the language learning series Grace tackles what it really takes to be fluent.
Language learning is a microcosm of the struggle to contextualize. Not just grammar and vocab, but entering a new conversation. Joining a new community.
We ask Bryan Mowrey from Jubilee Church, St. Louis, “With the media spotlight off, what are the on-going effects of Ferguson in the local church?”
Bassam holds his sleepy daughter in one arm & tells the story of his last few months in Baghdad. “We left everything behind, but we have a mighty God.”
The initial cultural adjustment is like entering a cave. But maybe your dreams were too small. Adventures await on the other side.
I stood at the brink of motherhood and mission and faced my Big Question.
How do you explain the gospel? [Hint: it should change depending on your listener] The gospel speaks to every culture’s deep needs.
Welcome, praying friends. I’m fired up about this post for so many reasons. I love church plants, I love pioneers, and I love seeing God…
It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Clay, a new contributor to the blog. He’s currently living in the US, exploring the call God has…
Tackling two assumptions about worship in a foreign language. “My heart worshiped in English for 30 years. But my heart can expand.”
My story of learning to worship in a foreign language continues with a fresh start and new beginnings. (Part 2)
I love worshiping the God of the nations from my MidEast home, but it wasn’t always like that. This is my story of learning to worship in a foreign language.
One of the great sins in cross-cultural living is non appreciation. But genuine love for people will mean that you cannot dismiss or discount their world.
A cross-cultural God-adventurer is like a whale. We dive deep and travel long distances, far from the eyes of our peers back home.
“If the salt and the light goes out of Iraq it will be dark. And Jesus said we are the salt. We are the light. Pray for our nation.”
It’s a nightmare that jostles me awake from my internet slumber. The air is thick with humidity on this final night of Ramadan.
Grace sits down with a UK church leader to talk about churches sending well – and one local church’s journey toward a global vision.
When we arrived overseas as newlyweds in 2007 we brought along a seriously un-spellable arthritis condition (him) & the spinal column of an 80-year-old (me)
I think I scared people my first months overseas. I was a cartoon character – big, unblinking eyes, ears straining forward, oddly fixed smile.
Our conversation continues with Silas and Catherine. What practical steps do you take to send people well cross-culturally?
Part 1 of an interview with Silas and Catherine on becoming a sending church. How did their UK church get envisioned for the nations of the world?
Earlier we interviewed the Davis family as they prepared to move overseas. Now they’ve newly landed in Arabia – language study, abayas, cockroaches and all.
Clare and Sam Akrasi share their story of growing up on separate continents, being joined together by God, and learning to live cross-culturally in Ghana.
I’m delighted to share this interview with you today – a snapshot of a cultural transition in progress. The Davis family* (not their real names)…