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Do New Year Resolutions Have a Place in the Life of a Missionary?

The New Year is a significant, if not the most visible, landmark in a calendar. It stands for a new beginning. And it spells the spirit of a new beginning.

For some if not most of us it is a time of rediscovering our priorities, analysing the past year, and resolving for a better future. Often, this takes a form of New Year resolutions—promises to begin doing something or stop doing something else.

As the year starts I wanted to share with you…

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How to Make Sense of the Holiday Season in a Place Where it is Not?

It may sound strange, but I have experienced Christmas as it happens in a western country only few times in my life.

This year for me is one of those rare opportunities to get a glimpse of Christmas in the “christian” world. It is proving to be an interesting cultural learning process. In the last several weeks I’ve learned more about Christmas than ever before.

However, many of us find ourselves in countries where Christmas is not celebrated. And if for me, this is rather normal, for many fo us in the missions community it proves to be an unusual experience.

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Why Understanding Honor and Shame Can Make Or Brake a Cross-Cultural Ministry?

This week’s #MissionsLink is something I’ve been quite excited about:

It raises the theme of Honor and Shame.

The topic of Honor and Shame, in my opinion, has been one of the greatest blind spots for many serving cross-culturally. Without seeing the fabric of Honor and Shame one is left with only superficial and shallow feel for much that is going on around.

This week’s link will actually take you to a video webinar presentation titled “Giving honor: A key to fruitful cross-cultural partnerships“. It is accompanied with a pdf and a slide-share presentation.

As I watched the webinar through, it impacted me deeply. Especially the part that reveals the secret of how it is truly possible to be able to give honor to other people. And giving honor is key in most cross-cultural interactions, as this presentation asserts.

Without trying to say more, I would only encourage you to find 40min of time and watch this webinar by Werner Mischke.

What has been your experience with Honor and Shame?

We can dialogue further in the comments below.