Have you ever been bombarded with questions… I mean hours & hours of questions? We took several Q&A sessions following some recent meetings which had us answering queries for more than eight combined hours.
When given the opportunity to present a focus on church planting among indigenous peoples, we typically create presentations which provide loads of information but also leave room for questions. The majority of people are clueless as to what it takes to communicate God’s truth in a foreign context where the culture and worldview are nothing like that of our home country. We come to educate such ones.
There are a lot of assumptions and pre-conceived ideas among Christians doing ministry in other cultures without ever considering the need for specialized training. The idea is that anything can be communicated through a translator, but what is often missed is the cultural context and how such things play into the targeted people’s worldview. What sounds fine to us may mean something totally unrelated in a country where the people function from a very different worldview.
Much is made of the impact such ones believe they are having, when in reality their pre-conceived ideas miss the mark and the people become confused with what they are hearing. There are examples in the book of Acts where the apostles understood the necessity of grasping an understanding of another’s culture in order to clearly declare truth. Having such awareness and becoming a learner brings about a deep awareness in order to be effective in what is communicated.
Ethnos360 offers specialized training to assist those wanting to impact unreached people with a clear and comprehensible understanding of God’s Word.