Importance of understanding the culture of the “Other”


When I made the decision to serve The Lord in full time ministry under the mentorship of missionaries 28 years ago, I met opposition from sources I least expected. In his attempt to caution or to deter me, a native senior minister, a member on the board of directors of the mission asked me a question that bothered me. The question was; “what have those missionaries enticed you with?” He made other negative statements about the missionaries that were mind boggling. He was trained and had served with the same missionaries for over fifteen years. I wondered why he had such an attitude about the missionaries whom he had ministered with for such a long time. It was obvious that the relationship between him (the other native ministers as well) and the missionaries was not healthy. After a period of about three years the ministry split following a sharp disagreement…

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