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Anthropology from Asian Missiological Insights

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Man Soo Mok

Anthropology from Asian Missiological Insights embraces and incorporates a combination of practical experiences, useful strategies, and grounded theories. Readers, regardless of their cultural background, will acquire new practical tools for missions. Man Soo (Abraham) Mok insightfully uses anthropological issues to examine folk beliefs, customs, and commitment. In addition, the author analyzes Korean culture to help readers grasp how the gospel took root in Korea – as it might have happened in any other culture.

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14. Will You Be Shocked? 84

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c h a p t e r f o u r t e e n Will You Be Shocked? When the missionaries land in the field, they enjoy the new culture with great ex- pectations just like a honeymoon. But later on, they encounter many stresses. They must face issues like learning a new language, adapting to an unfamiliar climate, coping with weak health, facing financial problems, conflicting with other mission- aries, helping their children adapt, and sometimes even being deceived by the local people. Moreover, they endure pressure from their sending churches, which often have high expectations for accomplishment. As a result, they often show hostility and aggression toward the natives and their followers. After much effort and experience, they learn to assimilate into the host culture and even face reverse culture shock when they return home. Culture Shock Culture shock is a natural phenomenon for every foreigner entering a new society. It can be characterized by various elements, but I would like to deal with just three common causes: stress, isolation, and deception from the nationals. Stress When the missionaries enter into a new culture, they begin to learn the culture like a child. Before they disembarked, they were leaders in their own countries, but Mok Final_Mok final 12/9/12 7:51 PM Page 84 suddenly they require a lot of help. It is usually more complicated than they had anticipated. They may have trouble getting a drivers license, opening a bank ac- count, renting an apartment,...

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