How ready am I? Part IV: Cross-cultural Experiences
A large part of being successful overseas lies in your ability to adapt, connect, and relate cross-culturally. When we traipse in without much cultural knowledge, it’s harder not just to communicate effectively, but to love well.

You could be a highly gifted, highly sacrificial, faith-filled global worker. But if you can't love those around you meaningfully, wisely, mutually, and with understanding? Paul puts it this way: "If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels...If I can...fathom all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains...If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship...but do not have love, I gain nothing."

We've collected a list of possible experiences to help you think about your own cross-cultural interactions and exposure. No one will have done them all--but maybe you'll gather some ideas to "train" yourself right where you're at, experience more of God's heart for the nations, and think widely and compassionately toward the people groups around you.

DIRECTIONS: Check the boxes of experiences you've tried. You'll be able to retake the self-assessment, too. All responses will be automatically sent to your provided email address upon submission.

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Missions-related experiences
Language acquisition
Cultures in my community
Cultures around the world (and some right here!)
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