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Report
Lesson 5
Preparing for
Cross-Cultural
Ministry
Part B
Practical Behavior
in our
Host Country
Crossing the language barrier
• Trying to speak the language engages the
culture and enters their world
• Demonstrates respect
• Opens the door to building relationships
• Everyone can learn 20 phrases & key
vocabulary before a trip
• Be willing and ready to laugh at yourself
Crossing the language barrier cont.
• Individually—learn some conversational
phrases
• Team—learn a song in the native language
where you are going (sing in church)
• Be patient
• Don’t be fearful of trying to speak the language,
be willing to get out of your comfort zone
• Don’t isolate yourself due to embarrassment
Taking Photos
• General rule: Ask for permission
• Respect people’s privacy
• Children generally like their photos taken.
Afterwards show on the digital screen.
• Don’t be surprised if you are asked for money
• Do not take photos of security people or places
• Be sensitive
• Pre-plan for documenting trip experience with
video
Using Media
• Very effective way to document and
communicate stories
• Prepare and practice before trip
• Understand that you are outsiders and have
come to learn
• Gain trust in receiving community
– Make connections through established relationships
– Describe your purpose for being there and desire to
take video clips and photos
– Be patient
• Always ask for permission before shooting
Health issues: as you prepare
• Take necessary medications with you
including:
– Imodium or Pepto-Bismol for stomach and diarrhea
– Motion sickness pills and something for headaches for high
altitudes if necessary
• Inquire with host about contact lenses
• Plan to bring a first-aid kit and leave it with
your host.
Health issues in country
• Drink only bottled drinks. No tap water,
especially for brushing teeth.
• Carry personal bottles of water with you
and drink a lots of it.
• Eat what your host recommends
• Eat at host recommended restaurants
Health issues in country (cont)
• Eat only cooked foods
• Do not eat raw fruits & vegetables unless
washed in Clorox solution
• Do not eat off the streets, even though it
smells soooo good!
• Pray for God’s protection - and willing to take
some risks at counsel of your host receiver.
Basic Sanitation Guidelines
• Wash your hands frequently to
minimize any bacterial contamination
• Carry antibacterial jells and alcohol
wipes but don’t use them in front of the
host nationals.
• Avoid ice
Health Issues: Be Prepared
• Team leader should have medical
information for every person (can be kept
confidential)
• Check with CDC and in-country host about
recommendations for vaccinations
(www.cdc.gov/travel)—plan ahead
• Determine what medical-related skills are
on the team
• Plan for some form of medical and travel
insurance
Security & Safety Issues
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Travel in groups and where it is safe
Keep billfolds and purses well protected
Do not leave anything in unattended vehicles
Take only what money you will need
Do not go alone to ATM to withdraw money
Be willing to give up your money if robbed
Security & Safety Issues (cont)
• Don’t carry your backpack on your back in
crowds
• Use only official transportation: busses, radio
taxis
• Don’t hesitate to ask questions of your host
• Keep with you at all times:
contact information for your host, lodging, embassy
copy of your passport
BE ALERT AT ALL TIMES
Be Prepared for Crisis
Political
• Civil unrest - travel
restrictions
• Incarceration
Accidental
• Illness - medical
emergencies
• Death
Personal
• Rape
• Immoral behavior
Natural
• Flood
Suggestions:
1. Prayer
2. Have current U.S.
Embassy information
Interpreting the Cross-Cultural
Experience
• Switching from passive to active in
interpreting what is going on around us
• As we interpret we adjust the knowledge we
have gained
• Result: question our assumptions
• Key is awareness
• Need time for reflection
• Maximize benefit by JOURNALING—
before, during, after
Persevering in the
Cross-Cultural Experience
• Capability to “hang in there” through
cultural differences
• Low vs. high in perseverance
• Adaptation vs. isolation
• “Motivation shapes cross-cultural
engagement more than anything else”
• Danger of focusing solely on the task
Planning for Re-Entry
• Begin at the beginning—create and help shape
expectations
• Pre-field training—connect training to returning
• On-field de-briefing—connect learning to
returning
• Post-field de-briefing—plan to set aside
adequate time
• Follow-through—church, participants, receiver
hosts

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