The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


8 ways to start your journey

How would you get ready for your first trip overseas? How would you prepare? Planning for a journey across culture, race and class can be similar in a number of ways. Here are some ways to start your cross-cultural journey:

Signs indicating direction1. Pray. Thank God for this chance to expand your horizons. Ask God to be with you, guide your actions and reveal new understandings to you. Regularly stop along the way to gather your fellow travelers and pray for God’s Spirit to lead and guide.

2. Plan ahead. Learn something about the new culture. Read novels by authors of that culture to hear a voice of its people and begin to sense another worldview. If the language is different from the one you speak, learn key phrases so you can make an attempt at communicating.

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Embracing diversity