Every day we connect with people who are different than we are. Many times, these connections go smoothly, because even in our differences we share the same culture. On many mission trips, this is not the case. We intentionally go to places where we are not familiar with the culture, where our differences are obvious at every turn. Adjusting to being in a new culture can be difficult. You might be tempted to judge or reject parts of the culture because you are not used to them, or because you feel uncomfortable. So how do you prepare for a cross-cultural mission experience?
Developing greater cultural awareness and cultural agility will help you to see God’s creativity in new cultures and to be more open to the experiences others live every day. Here’s how you can grow your cultural agility and sensitivity before your cross-cultural mission trip.