Missions - Section 3

  1. So what is the missionary mindset? A missionary mindset understands God's love for all people of every ethnicity and culture. A missionary mindset is a rock solid belief that Jesus is Savior, Lord and Hope of the world. Furthermore, the missionary mindset understands that to live out God's heart, every Christian must move across barriers and differences to extend his message of love and salvation to all people, despite the odds or cost. All Christians should have a missionary mindset, even if all Christians won't be missionaries.  - From location 188 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  2. A Missions Mindset Knows That Jesus Is Lord. - From location 192 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  3. Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (In 14:6).  - From location 192 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  4. Jesus is not sanctimonious or narrow; he is the way of God's mercy and love. Unless we are sure of this conviction, our faith will be weak in the face of opposition, conflict and cost, and our missions will be bankrupt.  - From location 199 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  5. Believing Jesus is the way, the truth and the life is why we take a stand for him in the midst of a pluralistic culture.   - From location 202 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  6. A Missions Mindset Understands That Missions Is the Responsibility of Every Christian.  - From location 203 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  7. "And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?" (Rom 10:14).  - From location 205 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  8. A call from God's heart is issued, and we have the opportunity to take part. Paul gives that call to us as believers to become a missionary people. His question floats in the air for us, "How will they hear?" - From location 207 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  9. Our answer? "Here am I; send me" (Is 6:8). "I want to be a part of what you are doing. I want to be a part of your plan. I don't want to miss Jesus." We take part in missions because God is a missionary God, and he calls his people to be missionary people. Just as God's concern is for the whole world, so should we have a concern for the whole world. - From location 209 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  10. A Missions Mindset Calls People to Move Out - From location 211 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  11. In the New Testament Paul makes it clear that we are now the spiritual heirs of Abraham and have inherited the missionary promises to Abraham (Gal 3:1-18)-including the blessing. - From location 213 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  12. We are stretched; we grow, we see new things on a short-term missions trip. We discover the breadth of God's love and the depth of our need. We get a fresh view of our own situation and culture that we wouldn't have if we didn't leave it. We're allowed to do ministry. We come home with an understanding of people different from ourselves, even if they live next door.  - From location 215 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  13. Time and again we see truth in the cliche that "we get more than we give." People who attend a program with the intention to give find that they receive more back.  - From location 220 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  14. Be warned: there is a danger here. The spiritual blessings of short terms may be habit-forming. But they do not come if you do not go.  - From location 221 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  15. A Missions Mindset Knows God Uses All People to Change the World-Even You.  - From location 222 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  16. God will do the work if we take the steps, because we have inherited that part of the promise to Abraham too. Paul says, "He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus" (Gal 3:14). We are now the spiritual heirs of Abraham. We are the result of the promise; we can be a part of seeing his promise happen in other people's lives. - From location 224 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  17. Most of the world thinks that somehow they must earn the right to be children of God, and we have the privilege to tell them that simple faith in Christ allows access to God! One does not have to be born to the right parents, gifted with a high IQ or clothed in the right skin to get to God. It's simple faith in Jesus.  - From location 228 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  18. The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches. (Mt 13:31-32).   - From location 240 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  19. "You guys and I have something in common," he said. "We're new to faith. But Jesus said that he can take even a small amount of faith and make big things happen. I know that's true in my life. He takes our faith, just like a small seed, and makes it grow. I think that's going to happen with this church. You may feel as small as a seed right now, but remember God is going to make big things happen here-big things for his kingdom."   - From location 242 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  20. When we move out and proclaim Jesus as Lord in whatever place he has called us to be, God, in his economy, can use us even in our weakness to change the world.  - From location 254 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  21. Short Termers Need a Larger Biblical Picture of Missions  - From location 286 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  22. One of the biggest problems facing the church about short-term missions is a foundational problem: many people involved in missions are missing God's heart for the world.  - From location 289 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  23. Short Termers Need to Understand Cultural Sensitivity - From location 300 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  24. Paul understood the need for cultural sensitivity. Paul said, "I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some" (1 Cor 9:22). Paul's break from Jewish tradition was a radical model of understanding the need for cultural sensitivity.  - From location 300 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  25. Short Termers Need to Form a Long-Term View  - From location 308 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  26. If you are a participant in a short term, you also should consider going more than once to the same place. - From location 330 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  27. The best thing about fostering short-term missions with a long-term view is to see God work over time.  - From location 332 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  28. "I tell you the truth," Jesus said to them, "no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life." (Lk 18:29-30)  - From location 403 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  29. If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. (Lk 9:23-24)  - From location 428 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  30. If you live to protect your life, Jesus says, you lose. But if you lose your life for the sake of Jesus, you find the rich blessings of life. In the end the most radical call is not a missionary call. The most radical call with the greatest blessings comes from living life out of a commitment to the lordship of Christ. That understanding is essential for today's short terms.  - From location 432 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  31. So when a student from the People's Republic of China asked me, "Does God speak Chinese?" I said confidently, "Yes, he does. God knows your language and culture." God is not a Westerner. He is the Lord of all the earth. God knows all cultures intimately.  - From location 463 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  32. God, therefore, is the author of cultural sensitivity. We desire to understand other cultures because God knows other cultures. We want to speak in the framework of another person's culture because God spoke in the framework of another's culture. We go to other cultures with the message of redemption as God did rather than requiring other cultures to come to us. We don't ask other cultures to change before they hear the message; rather, we change so that they can hear the message because that's what God did. We want to see things though another culture's eyes because God saw things though our culture's eyes. And on it goes.  - From location 465 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  33. Don't believe you are finished with cultural bias, prejudice and racism just because you have made a commitment to cultural sensitivity or walk with Jesus or live in a more sophisticated society. - From location 478 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  34. Unfortunately, shedding cultural bias and prejudices are some of the hardest things to do in life and won't be solved with a single realization or event. Shedding the lenses of cultural prejudice is better seen as a journey, a journey traveled first by Peter and now by us. - From location 480 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  35. The best place to start this journey is the same place Peter's did: pray. Its not by chance that God's work on Peter's heart happened during Peter's prayer time. We need to ask God to show us our cultural bias before we enter another culture. Name your fears about other cultures to God and examine them in light of God's love for all people. Be open to God's correction in your life. This positions us to move out into other cultures with openness and to recognize that some of the people we may least expect to follow God will do so.  - From location 481 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  36. Peter learned from God what is clean and unclean. Be careful about letting your culture dictate what is clean and unclean. Usually, our preferences and tastes are not biblical but cultural. Don't give up because you encounter something hard in another culture; wonder about it as Peter did. Maybe it's how people interact, perhaps it's thinking of certain practices as unclean as it was for Peter. Maybe it's a challenge to how you think things should be done. Ask what bigger lesson God has for you. - From location 525 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  37. Peter entered the Gentile culture with humility and a desire to serve. - From location 527 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  38. How we use our money, our education and our know-how provide a powerful temptation to sidestep the hard work of servanthood. Once we've given ourselves over to the temptation to be powerful, we get Peter's model with Cornelius backwards: we become master and teacher rather than servant and learner. We become people who quickly jump in to teach, correct and direct before we ever earn the right to do so.  - From location 530 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  39. Peter did not enter with all the answers. - From location 532 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  40. Are we humble enough to learn from our hosts? Or do we arrive at the home of our hosts with a set idea of what we are to teach? Can we trust that God has been at work before the plane landed? Or do we think that we are the only ones who hear God's voice?  - From location 534 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  41. Too many short-term missions focus on task rather than life in Christ. Too many short-term missions are focused on an agenda and not enough on what God may have for us. We don't mean to excuse sloppy, mismanaged short terms run by lazy directors. We're simply calling for a willingness to follow Peter's example of working on attitude before task. - From location 536 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  42. Don't forget to ask, along with Peter, "Why am I here?" Don't forget to serve. - From location 540 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  43. Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life. (Phil 2:14-16) - From location 584 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  44. The process of asking the prior question of trust helps us follow Paul's principle to "become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some" (1 Cor 9:22).   - From location 608 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  45. Nothing establishes trust like speaking the language. You may feel like you're babbling, but as Thomas and Elizabeth Brewster say, language learning is ministry.4 It's enough to just try. The trust that is built by saying "I'm willing to look stupid in your language" is worth a thousand mistakes about potatoes and urinals. Take a stab at the language.  - From location 610 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  46. Food can be difficult, but show some enthusiasm for trying. Sometimes the greatest problem to overcome is attitude, not taste buds.  - From location 621 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  47. We need to know how to dress in our target culture. All cultures have "rules" of appropriateness for dress in given situations, the nuances of which are never clear to an outsider.   - From location 624 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  48. Many cultures, however, do not share our concern for self-expression. For many, the ways of dress are set, and deviations are seen as an indication of low character. So to establish trust, be careful to know how to dress, and plan your wardrobe accordingly.   - From location 625 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  49. It's not just what clothes to put on, it has to do with how we dress too. In some parts of Kenya women don't show their knees in public;  - From location 627 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  50. Be sensitive about traditional dress and Christian dress too. In some cultures a foreigner who dons traditional dress may be received warmly; in other cultures it may be seen as presumptuous. - From location 630 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  51. Don't assume that interactions between men and women will be same as what you are used to. You'll need to observe carefully. Ask open-ended questions in order to understand what is acceptable. - From location 640 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  52. Western culture tends to communicate directly: A--* B African and Middle-Eastern culture spirals toward the subject: Asian culture circles the subject:  - From location 647 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  53. Time Views Great frustrations build when a person from a culture that marches to the tick of a clock encounters another with a completely different rhythm. One person comes off as rude and brusque, the other as inefficient and wasteful. We can be unnerved by the way people deal with time.  - From location 648 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  54. Leeann quickly learned that most Kenyans are not very time conscious. Meetings began late, services went on for hours and people didn't necessarily come to visit us when they said they would.  - From location 651 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  55. Remember, as visitors to another culture, we need to adjust to their orientation to time and not superimpose our own.   - From location 655 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  56. Respect In our culture, respect is something that needs to be earned. It is something that can be won or lost. Honoring someone simply because they have lived a long time seems simplistic. But in many cultures, respect is something that is given automatically according to some status such as age or position. Most of the world reveres older people and feel youth have simply not earned the right to speak about much of anything.  - From location 656 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  57. Frame of Reference Frame of reference is simply what you know about your world. If you speak out of your frame of reference with no regard for someone else's frame of reference, you won't establish trust.   - From location 665 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  58. Frame of Reference Frame of reference is simply what you know about your world. If you speak out of your frame of reference with no regard for someone else's frame of reference, you won't establish trust.   - From location 665 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  59. When speaking to a person of a different culture, we need to understand how his or her frame of reference differs from ours. Start by stripping idiomatic phrases out of your speech. Establish points of common understanding: things such as children, fears, loves, God. - From location 671 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  60. Humor often is a source of building or breaking trust. Humor in a new culture frequently sounds negative. This is especially true for laughter you hear from a group or laughter you make as a group.  - From location 673 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  61. Gift Giving In some cultures, arriving without a gift is inexcusable. How to receive gifts and how to give gifts can be ruled by protocol unknown unless we ask. Sometimes we must be careful who we give gifts to.  - From location 676 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  62. I should have given the gift to her father and let him figure out which child would play with it. - From location 678 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  63. Money We have seen many in the West feel that the best thing they can do in a situation is give money. But often giving large sums of money to very poor people can be the most damaging thing to do. Please be generous, but discover the way locals give. If you don't know how locals give, you should wait till you do.  - From location 679 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  64. Some cultures feel that anything written in their home is communal property. Though we had specifically said during orientation that this culture would view most everything as communal property, Jill decided that the people of that culture were immoral and trust was broken. - From location 688 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  65. There are many issues that can make or break trust. Making sure to ask yourself the prior question of trust (it doesn't hurt to memorize it), coupled with the ability to distinguish between nonmoral issues, goes a long way toward a graceful bridge into another culture. - From location 689 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  66. Culture shock is that realization of how inadequately your world fits with their world. We experience bits of culture shock all along life's road. - From location 733 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  67. But when it hits crossculturally, the differences are so strong that they overwhelm our normal coping mechanisms. You can't talk it through because they don't speak your language. They don't understand why you don't like to eat it; they eat it every day. Explaining how you do it in America only comes off as a putdown of their culture. Culture shock is the stunning emotions that accompany our move into a different world, usually (but not always) negative.  - From location 736 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  68. To cross a culture without experiencing some culture shock is to become a tourist who observes and enjoys the culture as a mere spectator. More comfortable, perhaps, but ultimately isolated from the culture.  - From location 741 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  69. The stronger the culture shock, the more likely various differences are hitting you at once. And when they do, there are some things you can remember. First, take heart: culture shock means you are entering a different culture. Jesus entered into our world in a building not that different than a Masai hut, and he came from a culture much nicer than America; he came from the culture of heaven. Next, remember that culture shock comes to us for many different reasons, in different places, at different times-many of those reasons we listed in chapter nine. Remember, too, you are not weird because you feel intense culture shock even when others don't. Living conditions pose little problem for Mack (something I attribute to the way he kept his college apartment), so Masai huts were not a problem. But dealing with embarrassment or loss of face crossculturally is a very different matter for him.  - From location 748 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  70. Know too that we rarely see culture shock coming. Those places where we least expect to feel culture shock are the places we sometimes feel it the greatest.  - From location 754 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  71. What to do? Start by not worrying about it. Jump in. No one crosses a culture without feeling culture shock. It may come at different times in different ways for different reasons, but rest assured it will happen. You can count on that (that and the fact it will probably be inconvenient). And when it does, know how to cope with culture shock.  - From location 760 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  72. Redline: the word we use for isolating ourselves from the culture. Isolation takes different forms; for Sarah it was her Sony Walkman. - From location 767 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  73. Sarah confirms our sense that those most at risk in other cultures are those who are self-righteous. Toward the end of the program, she didn't even want to relate to us. She mostly wore her Walkman and listened to Christian music. The stunning thing to me was the person who seemed to least know that she had missed a wonderful opportunity was Sarah. In her final report she talked about how she knew the missionary life was hard but how this trip had confirmed her call as a missionary. - From location 793 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  74. People hit culture shock and decide, based on their negative emotions, that the culture is bad. Then they isolate, criticize and condemn. Often these are the people who are most seen as experts back home since, in our culture, the fastest way to become an expert is to criticize.  - From location 798 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  75. We said strong feelings in reaction to cultural differences are inevitable. Frustration, misunderstanding, confusion, tension, embarrassment, repulsion-those things Leeann felt in the Masai hut are the same things Sarah felt in an Arab home. Everyone feels these things. It's the natural process of entering a culture. The important thing now is to look at how we respond to the negative feelings. - From location 800 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  76. Redlining or greenlining describes the two responses to our feelings of culture shock Redlining is our negative external response to our negative internal feelings. I feel embarrassed, so I pout. I feel frustrated and angry, so I criticize. I feel misunderstood and defensive, so I blame others. I feel confused, so I withdraw.  This is natural. The most common reaction to a negative emotion is a negative action. But because our perceptions in other cultures are so often mistaken, we can easily respond negatively to something that is in truth an open door. If unchecked, this has a spiraling negative effect in two areas. First, it alienates us from our hosts by tearing down trust; second, it causes us to withdraw from the culture and isolate ourselves.  - From location 802 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  77. If allowed to continue, we end up as an outsider. We have withdrawn ourselves, or we have offended and been shut out-or both. Redlining is detrimental to the proclamation and acceptance of the gospel. It causes us to lose our voice.   - From location 808 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  78. Be on your guard for redlining. The move from culture shock to redlining is very fluid. It happens in seconds. Its something to check in ourselves daily. You can make many mistakes in culture, but please, don't make this one. It's a nonthinking response, or even worse, a self-righteous one. It is destructive to you and for a gospel witness. - From location 810 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  79. Greenlining is experiencing culture shock and using it as an opportunity to continue to build trust or to learn more about the culture. To greenline is to have a better understanding of how to share the gospel in a different context. To greenline is to take the feelings of discord and use it as a learning moment. - From location 812 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles
  80. Maybe she could have asked questions that would have helped her appreciate their choice. - From location 815 in the Kindle Book Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles, Leeann Stiles