National Christians are often the best at reaching their countries. This is why AMG International strategically partners with local leaders and churches. The organization equips these believers to fulfill the Great Commission in their home countries. Still, cross-cultural challenges can arise.
Closed Doors in Home Countries
Within close-knit communities, even a national is considered an outsider. In fact, AMG’s Bill Passons talks about when Pastor Veds experienced rejection from a community. We shared his story earlier this week; you can read it here.
“It’s not that you’re not welcome, you’re still in the same country. There’s still similarities that you have but it’s a totally different, almost like a different people group. They may speak a different language and in some of these places, especially the more rural area, the people have been there for [a] long period of time.”
Think generations. These are the communities where if your parents and grandparents weren’t locals, you will never be a full member of the group. Passons equates these communities to small towns or villages someone might find in the West, too.
“I remember, I had a friend one time who had been in a place for 25 years and they called him a newcomer because his family wasn’t from there. And there can be those deep-seated acceptance of ‘our kind’ and kind of an almost rejection of people from the outside or just that they’re always kind of looked at as outsiders,” Passons explains.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Bethann Flynn