A Lesson from Jose: Understanding the Patron/Client Relationship

Aside from the discipling/mentoring aspect, there are at least four arenas in which a proper understanding of patronage will have an impact on the effectiveness of missionary service.

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Missionaries as Needy Patrons

By Tamie Davis and Moyra Dale | Patronage relationships are common in many cultures. Western missionaries in these environments are often viewed as patrons by default. This can be an uncomfortable role. However, when we understand how reciprocity works in these contexts, we can participate in ways that strengthen local relationships.

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