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Eerdmans Publishing, 1962),141-42.9 Chang and Ashley E. Chang. Christian Intercultural Communication, 130.10 Unless otherwise noted, all biblical passages referenced are in the New International Version(Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011).4
act or behave in certain ways. In the recent past, I have enjoyed learning the rationale behind some of the norms and mores.Listening (Verbal and Nonverbal Communication)The main lesson on verbal and nonverbal communication is listening. I have to learn to listen to what people say and what they do not say. Verbal communication, defined as the use of language to communicate with one another, is an incredible phenomenon and, we should not takeit for granted.11In my current ministry context, I would like to learn the local dialects so that I can communicate easily. Tim and Ashley Chang correctly observe that listening is a form of serving others.12ConclusionIn closing, Christian Intercultural Communication is very vital to sharing the gospel. Putting God first is the genesis of knowing how to communicate the gospel. If the missionary focuses all his ministry on God’s glory, he would not have a place for pride to affect his or her work. Also, embracing culture shock is crucial to helping our intercultural communication. Culture shock should not be treated as an enemy but rather as a stepping stone towards adjusting to a new culture. Third, contextualization can be applied in how we dress, the kind of food we eat, and the way we communicate. What is needful is to place the perspective and culture of the other tribe before our own. Fourth, the discussion on managing intercultural conflict highlighted the need not only to anticipate conflict but to be humble enough to look for the interest of others and choose to be quick to listen and slow to speak. Finally, listening summed up the whole lesson. To understand better, I must learn to listen to what people say and what they do not say.11 Chang and Ashley E. Chang. Christian Intercultural Communication, 78.12 Ibid., 79.5
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