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5) Anticipate the Cultural Collision You’re About to Experience

Before you leave home, take the Culture Test to become more aware of the challenges you’re about to tackle. It’s free and fun at…

It only takes five minutes (25 questions), but through it, you’ll learn about guilt, shame, fear, and more. If you’re a trainer, grab the Group Discussion Guide to help you equip your team for action. (Disclaimer: Note that the privacy policy openly admits that they might send occasional emails about certain products and services. Also, the results, which are emailed, can sometimes take a while to arrive in your inbox.)

9) Take a STEP into cross-cultural ministry

stepSensing a possible call from God to serve cross-culturally? Not sure where to go or how to get started? Consider STEP — Serving to Equip People – an initiative matching mature young people with seasoned Entrust staff for a one-year term of service in Europe. It’s an opportunity to gain hands-on experience, provide meaningful service within the context of the local church and explore your gifting and calling for cross-cultural ministry. If you love God, follow Jesus, adhere to the Bible, and value mentoring, multiplication and real-life transformation, consider stepping into STEP. Entrust plans to deploy their inaugural STEP class this summer. Better act fast though: The application deadline is April 15. Call them at 719-622-1980 or visit…

While you’re at it, please click “comment” below the web version of this item and tell them what you think about STEP.

8) Get Original Version of “Send me!” as PDF — for free!

send me your journey to the nationsIn another response to last week’s item, “3) How do You Respond when a Recruit Rises in a Local Church?,” Brigada participant David, of, pointed us to the fact that “Send me!” had been revised (how did we miss this? :-) ) and the original version is now available for free as a PDF. We found it at…

But it might be elsewhere as well. You can order the new version at…

9) TRAIN International Can Help you Gear Up or Gear Down

TRAIN logo screenshotTRAIN International equips individuals and teams preparing to live and work cross-culturally and provides debriefing when they return from the field. TRAIN International also offers coaching to churches that are sending and supporting cross-cultural workers. Their goal is that workers go prepared, stay effective, and return healthy and prepared for their next phase of ministry. Check out their website at

They have an upcoming workshop called, ABIDE, which is a debriefing and re-entry seminar, September 7-12.

2) Thrive Retreat in Snowmass, Colorado for Cross-Cultural Women —

retreat-sponsorThrive is hosting a special get-away at The Stonebridge Inn located in beautiful Snowmass, Colorado for U.S. and Canadian women who live and work cross-culturally. You are invited to come and be refreshed, renewed and encouraged July 15-18, 2014. The value of your retreat experience is approximately $720. However, the only cost to you is a registration fee of US $125.00 and any travel expenses to and from the Retreat.

The retreat will include many opportunities for self-care (including complementary haircuts, massages, pedicures and more), fellowship with women working cross-culturally, worship and praise, encouragement through the teaching of the Word (all in English) and connecting with new friends in discussion groups.

2) Missionary Marriage Issues: Free Download

Marriage is complicated enough! Then when you add a cross-cultural living situation and a cross-cultural ministry, things begin to get really confusing. The nineteen chapters in “Missionary Marriage Issues” will help you navigate your way through the confusion. The book is available to download free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. You can’t beat the price. Find it at…

11) Ten things to know for today —

Let’s say you’re going to have the opportunity to meet with a new cross-cultural Christian worker. You only have one meeting, and in that one meeting, you’re asked to share 10 “lessons learned” or 10 tips or “10 things to know” for working cross-culturally today. What would be your 10 things?

For example, would you say….

*** Start with Spiritual Transformation: Get your inner Christian character core in place first.

*** Get some ministry experience: It doesn’t have to be on staff at an organized local church (though that would be great), but it definitely should be some kind of focused ministry connection with some body of believers.

*** Get the local heart language: Learn the national language, yes. You’ll probably need a 9-month course in that just so you can do business, talk to government leaders, and deal with banks. But don’t cut corners on the language people speak when they go home at night and talk about the day around the dinner table. You might need one to two years more at that.

*** Partner with local believers, where they are available. If there aren’t any, see if you can roust out some help from a near-neighbor culture or group, if appropriate.

*** Find a way to stay accountable: The easiest way — Join an agency. But your local church might be really good at sending missionaries directly. Or maybe you try to get the best of both worlds: Be sent-out by your local church, in partnership with a sending agency. Financially, strategically, emotionally, and in many other ways, it makes good sense to establish working relationships with people who are going to hold your feet to the fire really to do what you propose to do.

*** Learn all you can about ministry “methods,” then find/use what works: For example, will you utilize some kind of “neighborhood transformation” or “CHE” approach? … or will yours be a ministry of direct evangelism and discipleship in coffee shops? Here’s a good place to start:

*** Start with extraordinary prayer: Garrison found, in his research, that few people, if any, ever succeeded in launching a church-planting movement without it. Why would you even try?

*** Get together with the right team: Jesus sent out the disciples two-by-two for a reason. In the face of that precedent, you probably don’t want to be a lone ranger.

*** Make sure you have adequate resources before you start: For many, that means raising support. Get help from your agency or a support-raising coach. If you’re lucky enough to be offered full support from your local church, spend the next 7 days on your knees thanking God for your church’s vision and partnership.

*** Report back to prayer partners and supporters regularly: Even Paul did it (to the leaders at Antioch). Get set up on a reasonable and workable strategy, then stick with it no matter what.

So that’s an example of 10 things to know. But those are just examples. How would you word it? What would your list be like? What glaring omissions do you see from that list? Just click “Comment” below and let’s help new folks get it right. Thanks in advance for your help!

3) Free Sherwood Lingenfelter lectures Now on iTunes —

That’s right. In the spirit of giving away education to the nations, Fuller Theological Seminary has now released the entire “Culture & Transformation” course online via iTunes. Yes, if you’re not an iTunes user already, you’ll have to download and install iTunes to listen, but it’s a free install and you can always uninstall it after you’re done, if you prefer. There are 22 lectures and, the truth is, this is really good stuff — especially for the price. (free) Check it out at:


(That link will ‘wrap’ to the next line. If you have trouble reassembling it and pasting it into your browser, just click to the link immediately below to find this item on the web at We’ll make sure it works there.) Chris, of the Halbert Institute for Missions at Abilene Christian University, thanks so much for this tip!

10) Online Tool for Helping you Educate Children on the Field —

PACE, the Professional Association of Cross-Cultural Consultants in Education, is offering an online course called “Education Planning for Families in Transition” for sending agencies to use in preparing parents to educate their children overseas. PACE will train your MK/TCK education consultant to facilitate this online course, and then your consultant will guide families through the course online. This allows families to complete their education planning before arrival on the field, maximizing the chance of success in the education of their children. All content is in English and is at this point geared toward families from western countries. A free Preview Week will be offered on November 28 – December 2. Email




to register or for more information.

11) Ebook: “Spiritual Survival Handbook” for Cross-Cultural Workers —

Pioneers (in partnership with BottomLine Media) has a new eBook entitled, “Spiritual Survival Handbook for Cross-Cultural Workers,” (Miller), now available on paperback via the Pioneers webstore.

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Available via Paperback if you’d rather have a paper copy, too.


Find chapters like… Know Your God, Know Yourself, Know Your Enemy, Know the Terrain, and much, much more. 93 pages. I examined several of the chapters myself and they’re each *full* of helpful principles, boundaries, suggestions, etc. Highly recommended.

6) Hearing Great Things about this Multicultural Congregation Book —

Check it out at…

Author David Boyd operated by the principle, “The key to reaching the nations with the gospel is to first reach the stranger who dwells among us.” So he set about identifying and equipping bicultural people to share God’s love across borders of race, culture, and language. What happened? A way of doing church that honors Christ’s call to reach every nation with his message of salvation while making connections between previously disconnected people. “You Don’t Have to Cross the Ocean to Reach the World” shows readers in any country how to reach the world through building multicultural congregations. With a firm biblical foundation, compelling case studies, true stories, and practical suggestions for implementation, this is the ideal book for everyone who wants to reach the world for Christ by starting at their own front door.

4) Correction on that free ebook for Cross-culturally-wedded couples —

Back in the Sept. 26 edition, we featured an item that was supposed to be a  book about cross-cultural couples. However, the link apparently was garbled in the item. Today we’re publishing two items to make up for it. The first is a chapter from a larger book on marriage. This chapter, “I’m Marrying a National,” addresses the topic originally mentioned:

Next is a book, “In Love but Worlds Apart,” available at Amazon…

and another book, “Intercultural Marriage: Promises and Pitfalls”

and “Your Intercultural Marriage: A Guide to a Healthy, Happy Relationship…

There’s also…

“Cross-cultural marriages: Love across latitudes” by J Fraser-Smith,

But alas, I couldn’t find this one. Does it leap out to anyone else? (If so, please add it to the comments under this item on the web/below)

Please pardon any inconvenience!

To inquire or comment on this item…

1) Successful Cross-Cultural Partnerships —

The Daniel Rickett Group now trains churches and agencies in starting, strengthening, and evaluating cross-cultural ministry partnerships. For those new-to-ministry alliances, classes teach fundamentals of partnership, how to choose the right partner, how to discover common ground, and how to establish a covenant relationship. Existing alliances are strengthened as they learn the tools to repair a strained relationship, to solve issues, to help without hurting, and to safeguard fiscal integrity. Successful partnerships continually assess ministry outcomes. These workshops train partnerships how to track progress and measure results, how to build capacity and sustainability, when to end a partnership, and how to end successfully, leaving partners stronger than when they started. The Classes are in workshop, webinar, and consulting formats.

For information, contact Daniel 770.640.13332

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2) A free ebook for Cross-culturally-wedded couples — (Edited)

We all know, intuitively, that those who choose to marry across cultures (husband from one country or culture, wife from a different one) face extra challenges. (It’s hard enough for a couple when both spouses are from the *same* background, for Pete’s sake.) Well here are a few books that can help them sort it all out.

The first is a chapter from a larger book on marriage. This chapter, “I’m Marrying a National,”…

Next is a book, “In Love but Worlds Apart,” available at Amazon…

and another book, “Intercultural Marriage: Promises and Pitfalls”

and “Your Intercultural Marriage: A Guide to a Healthy, Happy Relationship…

There’s also…

“Cross-cultural marriages: Love across latitudes” by J Fraser-Smith,

But alas, I couldn’t find this one. Does it leap out to anyone else? (If so, please add it to the comments under this item on the web/below)

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