Ministering Cross-Culturally Essay

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Alana Peters Reaction to Ministering Cross-Culturally Cross Cultural Studies June 29, 2011 Title Minatistering Cross-Culturally, written by Sherwood G. Lingenfelter and Marvin K. Mayers, gives Biblical principal that guides in relating with people of other cultures. It demonstrates how every person inhabiting this Earth develops basic values that perhaps can differ from those that are found within the cultural norm of the area. Traditionally, people tend to associate and surround themselves with those with similar beliefs and principals. In turn, this excludes all others from the group they have formed. A key principal of this book is that “the practice of incarnation (i.e. a willingness to learn as if we were helpless infants) is the first essential step toward breaking this pattern of excluding others” (22). In reading this book, I learned a lot about the way in which I have been able to relate to those who may find themselves around me, which, honestly, is not innocent of the act of exclusion. This work by Sherwood G. Lingenfelter and Marvin K. Mayers clearly shows and lays out a way to form personal relationships with people through a Biblical sense. My personal reaction to this book was to take a step back and examine my way of personally relating to people. In the process I managed to gain much knowledge that I can apply in my future methods of relating to people, as well as building relationships. I attempted to relate all that I had read in Ministering Cross-Culturally to my own experiences with others from different cultures. During the four month span of time I was in India, it was easy to spot times in which I was frustrated due to the way people related to not only me, but others also. It was if I were completely alone with no one to have fellowship and friendship. I realized almost instantly how different the people there were. Unfortunately, I

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