Question about Daily Life Overseas for missionaries:
"How do I learn how to deal with culture shock?"
Missionary Training International in Colorado Springs has excellent prefield training courses, if your agency does not provide this type of training.
Understanding the culture is essential in dealing with culture shock. This is a process, but reading and observing will start you on your way. Another important factor is for you to understand that culture shock is a stress reaction that will happen. It's a predictable part of adjustment. Knowing your own vulnerabilities and struggles is also essential in adjusting to a culture. Know that your value is in Christ, not in what you do or in how you perceive that others feel about you. This is a healthy truth to savor, even in your home culture.
Read books on crossing cultures, such as Ministering Cross-Culturally, by Lingenfelter and Mayers, and Cross-Cultural Connections, by Duane Elmer. Also, Marshall Cavendish Corporation publishes a series of books on different cultures called CultureShock! A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette. If you have a particular country in mind, this is a fantastic resource.
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