“Choosing to be learners is what helps us most to understand different perspectives. The “what” helps us understand what is expected. The “how” helps us understand the culturally appropriate approach, but it is the “why” that helps us understand the culture itself. It is the “why” question that unmasks the deep cultural value behind the “what” and “how.” – an excerpt from Leading Across Cultures, J.E. Plueddemann
There was a study among the youth in Estonia ages 15-29, where:
– More than half have never talked about faith or religion with their parents
– 70% of them have never been to a church service
– 87% have never read the Bible – if they have read it, then its possibly in a Literature class in school.
– 90% would believe in “what goes around, comes around” but 28% believe in some kind of monotheistic God (possible not the God we believe in)
Pray for this next camp term in Estonia asking the Lord to draw students to a personal relationship with Him, and that they’d be receptive and accepting to the truth! And for our team as we become all things to all people, especially here in Estonia!
“To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.” – 1 Cor. 9:23-24