The Power of Proximity Series: Laura, a mobilizer in South America unpacks five cultural similarities between Latinos and Middle-Easterners that can be crucial in near-culture missions.
She discusses the difference between understanding a language and understanding a culture and the responses she gets when she talks to churches about bringing the gospel to Muslims.
What You’ll Learn:
- Five meaningful cultural similarities between Latinos and Middle-Easterners
- About missions trends in Latin America
- About the difference between understanding culture versus understanding language
About the Guest:
Laura is originally from Latin America. She went to seminary in NYC where she did her research on Latinos in the Middle East. When traveling to the Middle East she was surprised by how much she felt at home. It’s the cultural similarities between Latinos and Middle Easterners that inspired her research.
Today, she serves as a mobilizer for Latin America, sharing about God’s heart for Asia and the Middle East with local churches. Laura hopes to see more Latinos engaging Middle Easterners most of whom are Muslim.
Scripture Related to Episode:
John 3: 16; God's Love for the World
Luke 10: 2; Workers for the Harvest
Matthew 28: 16-20; The Great Commission
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Timestamped Show Notes:
02:41 - Familiy's Heart for Service
04:41 - Feeling at Home in the Middle-East
05:30 - Five Cultural Similarities between Latinos and Middle-Easterners
05:45 - 1. Hospitality
06:16 - 2. Extended Family
06:48 - 3. Role of Men
07:07 - 4. Religiosity
08:19 - Getting Involved in Ministry to Middle-Easterners
08:51 - God's Heart for the Nations
09:32 - From South America to the Middle-East to NYC
11:15 - Similarities that Middle Easterners Have Noticed with Latinos
12:06 - 5. Similar Orientation to Time - Event Oriented
13:54 - Understanding Culture vs Language
16:43 - Trend: Latinos From Being a Mission Field to Becoming a Missions Force
19:42 - Response from the Pews
21:10 - Where to Start?
23:55 - How to Pray for this Ministry?
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