Question about Daily Life Overseas for missionaries:
"When it comes to interpersonal relationships with fellow missionaries, what should I expect? Will we get along?"
One good way to do some of these things is to have a "memorandum of understanding" about the goals and objectives of the missionary team, and how the team plans to accomplish these goals. When these things are clear to everyone, people tend to get along better. This MOU must contain a description of the process of changing these plans, because circumstances change.
Such a document generally weeds out people who should not be on a particular missionary team, because they will not agree with important parts of the MOU.
Sensitivity is key; remember that you may not see the world in the same way as someone from another culture.
The most important thing I try to remember is that we're on the same team. We may be from different countries, different agencies, and different denominations, but the main goal is the same. Talk about how you can work together to reach those goals. Find out what strengths and weaknesses each person adds. Try to work together. If that isn't possible (we are still in a fallen world) try not to work against each other.
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