When equipping International Training Specialists to minister in a culture other than their own, we recommend books that will prepare them for some of the differences they will encounter. God's creativity shines through each person—in physical characteristics, mental processes, and emotional expressions! We value our differences and marvel at how we are united as the Bride of Christ.
As our societies become more diverse, and we welcome families from all over the world into our neighborhoods, isn't it great to know that God anticipated this, and gave us the tools to love each other well?
Here are a few resources that may help you to celebrate the uniqueness of each person, and begin to understand how others look differently at the same situation:
Cultural Intelligence by David Livermore
“What do you do when you encounter someone who isn't like you? How do you feel? What goes on inside you? How do you relate to him or her? These are the kinds of questions we want to explore in this book. Few things are more basic to life than expressing love and respect for people who look, think, believe, act, and see differently than we do.”
Foreign to Familiar by Sarah Lanier
“A guide to understanding hot- and cold-climate cultures.”
When Helping Hurts by Steven Corbett and Brian Fikkert
“Unleashing and equipping people to effectively help the poor requires repentance and the realization of our own brokenness. When Helping Hurts articulates a biblically based framework concerning the root causes of poverty and its alleviation.”
ProLife Answers to ProChoice Arguments by Randy Alcorn
From EPM.org: “This book is a great tool to equip you to communicate the prolife message. A vital resource for every home."
Includes prolife resource list:
- Highly useable tool with complete documentation
- Gives brief, concise answers to the most frequently asked prochoice questions
- Can be directly quoted, copied, and used in any way you like”
We have an extensive recommended reading list if you are interested! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.