Here’s a few links to interesting reads from the week.
Cultural and Missional Articles
Please Don’t Say They Are Poor But Happy from A Life Overseas by Rachel Piehl Jones. I hear this far too often. Oh, they are poor, but happy. How would you know? Did you judge this from a photo? Or a conversation lasting more than five minutes with a local while visiting a foreign country?
Global Rules of Greeting, an NPR piece that brings up how close is too close in differing cultures. Of course, the article is inspired by creepy shots of Joe Biden and John Travolta, both who were captured noshing on women’s necks in public.
Dear Doctor Dobson, an article by Robyn Bliss about parents living in less than ideal foreign countries and how they raise their children in such places as Pakistan or East Asia.
If you have the time and inclination to dig deeper into the interplay of culture and communication, I recommend the following:
1. Among Cultures: The Challenge of Communication by Bradford J Hall. It’s a textbook, i.e. not for light reading, that I used for a linguistics class but it’s a great resource for anyone considering living abroad.
2. Peace Child by Don Richardson is an older classic for the missionary type. It’s a true story of Don’s adventures living among a tribe in Papua New Guinea who were at time still practicing child sacrifice as well as cannibalism. Don was able to influence the culture to become non-violent. He did not ask them to be like Westerners.
What are you reading this week?