Living Cross Culturally

Living cross culturally is always an experience. The language barrier alone presents a huge hurdle to effective communication. Even more than that are the unspoken rules we may or may not be aware of as we enter someone’s home during a home visit, for a survey, or for a  party.

Through my time at the clinic and time spent in a community largely composed of immigrants, I’ve learned a lot about life in different countries and heard some incredible stories. Everyone has something different to say and a little different take on life.  I’ve met people from all around the world and from diverse backgrounds, and varying experiences.

Despite all the obstacles, people are people. We all have the same basic struggles, we all have the same kinds of wants. It’s easy to assign  someone  who looks so different, doesn’t speak my language, and has such a different world view, to a different category.  Really, we have plenty in common. We are all made in the image of God, we are all sinful, and we all need God’s grace.  I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with so many different people and to learn so much from them.

2 thoughts on “Living Cross Culturally

  1. As always, Margaret, you find ways to make a difference. Your ability to fit in with people has always been your strong point. Just wanted to let you know we’re praying for you and know God is working through you to make His presence known. So many of us keep looking for updates – sure would like to hear about the people, your training, and what “low income” life is like (which is something you know all about….your ability to make-do and personal experiences should come in handy!). You always tell it like it is – so, let’s hear it! 🙂

  2. Hey! I heard you finally posted! We’re praying for you, and those you’re helping. God is amazing, and so are you. Your ability to communicate with others, your honesty, and your personal integrity are no doubt helping with all the cultural challenges you are facing. As you said, we’re all people, and everyone appreciates genuineness. Let God continue to work through you, so that others may be blessed! I’m going to pass the word that you’re finally online!

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