AN UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP IN OUR OWN BACK YARD

Reaching people different from you is cross-cultural ministry. Though you are not part of the culture you must learn to understand. Our ministry in Peru is a great example. I’ve been to that nation at least 25 times. I have a better understanding of their culture with each trip, but I’ll never become one of them, no matter how much I love them. And they will never become what I am

In our book, “God’s Blueprint for Marriage” (available at godsblueprint.info), we describe marriage as a cross-cultural ministry. Husband and wife must work at learning how each other thinks.

There’s another cross-cultural ministry that must not be neglected, and it’s right here in our own neighborhoods. It’s the millennials. I’ll never become one of them, no matter how much I love them. And they will never become what I am. To reach them I must learn more about them, and connect with them where they are, not where I am. The millennials are the home mission field and to reach them we have to reach OUT to them where there are. The mission field doesn’t come to us; we must go to them. And don’t expect them to listen to us until we learn to listen to them.

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About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, www.godsblueprint.info Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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