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International Cross Cultural Discipleship


International Cross Cultural Discipleship

A group committed to discuss the issues, methods and success of making disciples across international cultures. Special attention is aimed at helping westerners disciple across to other cultures.

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Comment by Tim Plona on December 12, 2011 at 12:31am


Buenas Dias (for me it is morning) y Buenas Noches (for you).


Welcome to the group.  You are correct to ask if anyone is still active.  The pattern has seeemed to be, someone finds us, joins, says Hi and then that is it.

Not how it is supposed to work I am afrad.

Can you challenge the group with a question, problem or idea?  Mayb you can be the spark to get the group interacting.



Comment by Rod Bond on December 11, 2011 at 11:40pm

Hi, I am a missionary in Ecuador, South America. We've been here for 8 1/2 years and concentrate on carrying out the Great Commission as our #1 priority in ministry. I am the only North American working with a group of Ecuadorian Christians, so discipling cross-culturally is an important topic for me. Is anyone still active in this group?

Comment by Tim Plona on August 19, 2011 at 1:09pm

You say my thoughts very well.  Many years ago I worked with Youth For Christ with teenagers who were in gangs and in prison.  While I loved the work, it made it hard to work with "normal" kids ever again,  the issues they are dealing with just did not grab my attention. 


But as you say, all ministry is needed.  "some are feet, some hands...

Comment by Jeff Davis on August 19, 2011 at 1:02pm
Thanks for the question.  We had the opportunity to work with younger students in high school before we started working with college-age students.  What we found was that High School had so many non-eternal happenings, such as boy friend/girl friend relationships, stress from parents, and just general puberty based chaos, that students were reluctant to make a true life decision to follow Christ with their whole hearts.  With college or college-age students, they are many times alone for the first time in their lives and have to make decisions for themselves.  They begin to blossom into the person God made them to be and are not encumbered by the trivalities of high school.  Please don't get me wrong, Youth Ministry is vitaitly important, we have just found from years of experience that college years from 18-23 are when people make important and lasting decsions about following Christ fully for the rest of their lives.
Comment by Tim Plona on August 19, 2011 at 12:17pm



Welcome to the group.  As you can tell the group is not too active lately.  But you are the second to join in the last few weeks.  Maybe we can get some momentum going.


What draws you to work with College students? 

Comment by Jeff Davis on August 19, 2011 at 12:08pm

I live near Atlanta, Georgia USA.  My wife, family and I were Missionaries and served as Campus Ministers in Jena, Germany from 2005-2008.  Jena is a small university town, in the former East Germany,with 25,000+ students and a university that is over 450 years old.  My wife and I have worked in regards to ministering and discipling college and singles since we got married in 1995.


We now live near a 22,000 student university in Metro Atlanta and are looking for opportunites to partner with local churches to reach the campus and community.

Comment by Charles Kasumba on December 8, 2010 at 3:45pm
I am working in a diamond mining town called Oranjemund. It is a small town, but very multi cultured as we have people from different countries and regions. This diversity is reflected in the church as well.
Comment by Tim Plona on December 8, 2010 at 12:44am
Marleen, Lynda, Carol Anne, Vivian and Marlene:

Welcome to the group I hope that together we can encourage each other to keep encouraged and motivated to building disciples.

Here is a question to get us going - why are there more women in this group than men? Right now there are 5 of you and 1 of me. Any ideas?
Comment by Marleen Joan Lieb on December 7, 2010 at 8:37pm
I am a native of Texas, USA. Presently I live in Fort Worth, TX where many refugees from around the world come. I am involved along with my friend from South Korea in teaching two new believers from Nepal. I am also being a Titus 2:4 woman to a lovely group of 3 South Korean wives of seminary husbands. A lovely Japanese lady will soon join us. It is such a joy to know the Lord can still use me at the age of 76! He deserves all praise!
Comment by Lynda Oatley on December 7, 2010 at 6:04pm
I'm an American serving as a missionary in Rio de Janeiro. I am the chaplain at a live in shelter for street children and we also house children who have been abused/neglected. We have a staff of about 20. I disciple the staff to disciple the children.

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