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.