Symbolic anthropology has important implications for missionaries who need to understand local culture.
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I use “semi-literate” to mean anyone who can’t write in the language he can read and speak. Often that’s his second language. These people have fabulous treasures of stories, but they can’t write marketable manuscripts.
Strategically, we have to admit that there is a serious roadblock to world evangelization when the existing church cannot minister effectively to minorities.
Reports from around the world.
About one-fourth of cross cultural mission work is being done by people from non-Western nations.
Sending dollars to substitute missionaries creates the dangerous misconception that missions equals money alone.
Something about the approaching arrival of the 21st century has sparked a plethora of new world evangelization initiatives. Actually, according to researcher David Barrett, America’s 200th birthday in 1976 was the catalyst for the launching of not less than 11 new plans. Since then, another 183 have been announced.
Our goal must be to be facilitators of new churches instead of leaders of them.
Taking school-age children to a new culture is risky yet missionary parents who look ahead can reduce the trauma.