Missionaries in the USA
We know that people from all over the world live in the States - but what about missionaries in the USA? You bet, Christian missionaries are coming to the US to reach various groups with the Gospel. Not only do they need to learn (at times) the language, and the culture (if they're originally from outside the States), but often they need to learn to understand one or more of the many cultures that are within the States.
Unfortunately, at this point I don't have many blogs listed from the USA. Please contact me if you know about a blog from a cross-cultural missionary serving in this country! But let's meet some missionaries in the USA, and hear what they have to say in their blogs...
First we have Simon, coming originally from Australia. Actually, Simon has lived in Australia, Singapore, Germany, Austria and
the USA. His blog is called b>ruminations [sorry, this blog doesn't seem to be available at the moment].
Simon tends to come across various cultures - as he said recently about a class he was taking: I sat next to a Kenyan who set up a non-profit to help the stateless in Nairobi. During the break, I talked with a Burmese activist about the camps on the Thai border, followed up by a humorous discussion with a Sri Lankan about the state of Australian cricket. (3 members of his family were killed by Tamil tigers)
How about one more? Steve is the blogger at Church Planting in Puerto Rico
I guess the name says it all! Steve is our veteran blogger in this category - he started waaaaay back in May 2004. His posts are full of variety - pictures, ideas, news, stories, and thoughts. He too has a news feed at prelgovisk.blogspot.com/atom.xml
.Keep praying for these missionaries in the USA.
They have to face a rapidly changing society, the spread of nominalism (believers and churches that seem to have little growth, and who have little impact on society), and an increasing number of cultures (and so cross-cultural misunderstanding). Operation World
estimates that 3000 legal immigrants arrive in the country every day
Are those challenges or what?