A missionary to Europe told of her first months living in an apartment in her new city and wondering why the neighbors seemed to avoid her. Finally, someone was bold enough to tell her that everyone thought she was a dirty pig. Why? It had something to do with her laundry, as you'll see below. Doing laundry is defined by culture. So is the way we do ministry. And sometimes the … [Read more...] about Why Laundry, Like Ministry, Needs to be Culturally Relevant
During most of my last pregnancy I repeatedly told my OB that I did not want this child delivered by C-Section. Even so, twelve years ago this week, my little princess (child number four, daughter number one), was pulled into this world. Via caesarean. We were living in Chihuahua City at that time and as my Mexican friends and neighbors began finding out I was pregnant they … [Read more...] about The OB, the Scalpel, and my little Mexicana Rose
Today’s Monday Missions Motivator comes from Duane Elmer’s Cross Cultural Servanthood.* He says: “Humility is a mandated attitude for all believers everywhere; however, the way humility is expressed takes on a cultural face. Perhaps it is the inability to “wear” this cultural face of humility that has prompted many in the world to … [Read more...] about Humility, Culturally Defined or What Kind of Person Are You?
It’s no surprise that I have come to view things through cross-cultural and eternal lenses. This includes a memoir I read recounting the birth of a Down’s Syndrome child and the subsequent journey. Amy Julie Becker’s A Good and Perfect Gift is a love story, a romance in it’s purest form, of how God beautifully enriches the vision and understanding of life through the … [Read more...] about Different for God’s Glory – Down Syndrome and the book A Good and Perfect Gift