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…
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!
At Christmas we celebrate the Proximity of God. God does not stay in heaven, dispassionate and objective. God is emotionally invested.
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.
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.
How do you explain the gospel? [Hint: it should change depending on your listener] The gospel speaks to every culture’s deep needs.
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.
“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.”
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.