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Do you know what you may be leaving behind on the field when you go on a brief mission trip? Do you know how your hosts in other countries may sometimes feel about you and your visit?
Consider the lesson in this fable about a dancing elephant.
A story illustrating the problems which arise when over-exuberant, lets-get-it-done Americans interact with Christians of other cultures
"Would you like to know what it is like to do mission with Americans? Let me tell you a story," said David Coulibaly, a ministry leader in Mali, West Africa.
Elephant and Mouse were best friends. One day Elephant said, "Mouse, let's have a party!"
Animals gathered from far and near. They ate, and drank, and sang, and danced. And nobody celebrated more exuberantly than the Elephant.
After it was over, Elephant exclaimed, "Mouse, did you ever go to a better party? What a blast!"
But Mouse didn't answer.
"Where are you?" Elephant called. Then he shrank back in horror. There at his feet lay the mouse, his body ground into the dirt -- smashed by the exuberance of his friend, the Elephant.
"Sometimes that is what it is like to do mission with you Americans," the African storyteller concluded. "It is like dancing with an Elephant."
From the Mobilizer
Negative side effects
"A group of young people went from
North America to Guyana (South America) where they built a church in three weeks. They
joyfully presented the new church building to the people and returned home.
|"We are not the same people who left our home country five weeks earlier." [ read more ]|
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