In our last article in this series, we looked at the importance of being prepared for cross-cultural work. There are many books out there on the subject of cross-cultural mission (see our mission resources section for some recommendations!), but another great way to get prepared is to experience another culture in your own home country. Learning about the culture and worldview you have a heart to reach in a familiar environment could help ease the transition and ‘culture shock’ of living and working in a new place.
Every year people do just this as they participate in our UK-based Edge teams, taking the opportunity to reach out to unreached peoples on their doorsteps, while also getting the cross-cultural exposure that may help prepare them for going further afield. Let’s hear Hazel’s experience of being submerged in middle-eastern culture for a week, without even getting on a plane: