Saturday, August 18, 2018

America & Cultures

There are certain bits of information missionaries to other cultures should know.  These tips are essential for they will prepare them to experience and proclaim the Word of God in faraway places.  This list is also meant for Americans adopting children from foreign countries:

1)                  Do your research and learn about your country’s native background - their husbands, wives, friends, and neighbors.  Find out about their origin, customs, and languages.
2)                  Be sure to visit your subjects of interest.  Interact with them at festivals, bazaars, fairs, and in community groups.
3)                  Engage them in conversation - remembering that communication is essential, by being sensitive to their verbal and nonverbal language.  
4)                  It’s necessary to treat people of other cultures with respect, and try not to denigrate them.  You’ve to learn more about their country.
5)                  By exposing yourself to their educational system, meet with support groups, pay attention to similarities, and differences in their societies.
6)                  Be sensitive to religious differences. Try to be open-minded about their faith traditions, e.g., Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism, etc.
7)                  Avoid condescending and derogatory remarks.  Focus on your mission by emphasizing what’s important.  Take the high road.
8)                  Be accepting of the ways natives view themselves, and don’t make judgments based on your own background.
9)                  Respect their ceremonies, and rights of passages in seeing their strengths, but not being hung up on weaknesses.
10)              Be aware of their foods and dress.  Understand how they are part of the mainstream of their cultures, e.g., the Italian pasta and Mexican sombrero.
11)              Through the images of native peoples portrayed in American media, endeavor to know more about their countries or regions of interest.  Try separating sensationalism from reality. 
12)              As opportunities arise, travel, and learn firsthand what other cultures are like.  It’s best to experience a culture in its own environment.
The Nationality Act Amendments of 1965 (Hart-Cellar Act) abolished the system of national origin quotas that were in place in the United States since the Immigration Act of 1924.  This act of non-differentiation goes a long way towards the promotion of equity of basic human standards, and in helping foster multiculturalism in the United States.

One in Christ

Missionaries and parents must bear in mind we’re one in Christ.  While abroad it’s important to bring this good news to people.  Recognition of these rights can only come to fruition if a countries proclaim this truth.  Bhumibol Adulyadej (b. 1927), a King of Thailand known as Rama 1X, ninth monarch of the Chakri Dynasty wrote, “A good person can make another person good; it means that goodness will elicit goodness in the society; other persons will also be good.”  Goodness transcends cultures.  It sees Americans reaching out to help others wherever they may be.  But it often goes further than that.  Ken Robinson (b. 1950), an English author and international adviser said, “The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they’re valued.”   This is just what we should do while experiencing foreign cultures.  Such proposals promote the development of justice and peace for all.  There’s still a great deal we can learn from other cultures, although America already sees itself as a society which is diversified. 

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