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Understanding Local World View

From AB, 2004:
I want to know what ways people have done this, and what has been helpful or harmful to them in the process.  Perhaps there are similar trends between similar cultures that could be studied.  I also wonder how it would help to expose myself to various cultures now, and how helpful that may be.

Interview with MD:

–          different between asian and American values

o        differences between sexes

o        group orientation

  • us: individualistic
  • asia: so group orientated
  • huge “our” “our” “our”
  • even man says “our wife”

–          relationships in Korea

o        keep trust value w/ peers

o        closeness (no extra space in Korea)

–          read local newspaper

–          remember: they may also be proud of their country

–          Korea: sense of bigger/larger being

o        Concept of a deity above all other spirits

o        Chose the name of that deity for the name of God

–          Koreans have strongest Confucianism, communism, Buddhism, and Christianity in Asia

o        Old time missionary was asked by Bryan Gumble why Christianity flourished in Korea: because they are not ashamed of the gospel of Chrisst.

Interview with EB:

–         always remember you’re a guest, be ready to change

–         idea of culture shock

o       how will you accept the culture

o       have to act as a guest, welcome their culture, be ready to change

–         language key

–         learn their language, you’lll want to give up, but it’s really really worth it

–         Lord will give you a loving attitude, be willing to chang

–         How does missionary meet their spiritual life?

o       It’s not easy

o       Make sure you’re strong in your own devotional life


Interview with WF:

–         2 most impressionable things

o       came to understand the ugliness of idolatry

  • to believe in reality of the demonic
  • hadn’t believed in before/in seminary
  • it realy does happen
  • used to be very interested in comparative religion
  • first there: went to temples/idols looking at it
  • saw ugliness and force/reality of it
  • one woman sharing in prayer meeting
  • why is it hard to sell a house across the street of a temple?
  • Everybody else knows that nobody wants to buy a house across the street from a temple don’t like to have their temple blocked
  • It’s part of the culture, maybe it does happen but people just won’t buy that house
  • also if a person became a Christian the parents would almost disown them
  • the gods will seek revenge on the rest of the family
  • if something bad happens to the family they blame that child
  • religion of fear and bondage
  • kid hears “Jesus loves the little children”
  • asks mom “do the gods in the temple love us?”
  • mom says “I’ve never heard of anything like that, I just fear them.


From JJ, 2003

Interview with Jim F: Typically in Taiwan, husbands taught or made the income and wives stayed at home. Typically in Taiwan there were small houses and kids played on the streets. Many people also had barbeques on the streets. Everyone was very neighborly. Most people in Taiwan didn’t have an oven so baking was a good way to get to know people. Their life-style was very slow paced. There were a lot of rice fields. So naturally the people there ate a lot of stir-fry. Ancestor worship was the main religion in Taiwan.

Interview with Delores: Delores said that she and her had to deal with understanding the local worldview in a couple of ways. They were in China and helping people learn English. Just the way that they lived was different from the United States.



Understanding Local World View  from interview by Andrew

The biggest challenge was communication.  Also dress norms, lack of materials, and the idea that the American way of life is the best and only way-  ideas from CB 2004

Biggest differences between American and Latin cultures: relationships and time.-  ideas from CB 2004

“To me–the most important thing is trying to see the “why”
rather than the “what” of their happenings. “Why are they late? Because they
saw a friend and talked with him for a bit.” Does that make me less
important? NO!” CB

What are the consequences of not understanding local world view?  “You will never be viewed as more than a tourist—just traveling through and not really belonging.”

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