Here is a good interview with Pastor Oscar Murio from Kenia who has
been to the States and Urbana. We recommend all Journeyers to read it.
From his African mission perspective we could learn. Here is a little part of the interview in the link above.
Besides bringing an agenda, what tends to distinguish the American personality?
Americans have two great things going for them culturally. One is that
Americans are problem-solvers. Every time I come to the U.S., I like to
spend a couple hours in a Wal-Mart. I find solutions to problems that I
never thought of!
The rest of the world, even Europe, isn't so intent on solving
inconveniences. We tend to live with our problems. In America you
almost never go into a house where the sinks have two taps, a cold
water tap and a hot water tap, because that means you have to mix the
water in the sink to get it to the right temperature. You have these
single faucets that mix the water before it comes out. It makes perfect
sense. But that's a problem the rest of the world wouldn't even think
Americans don't easily live with a problem—they want to solve the
problem and move on. The rest of the world is more willing to live with
The second great thing for Americans is that your educational system
teaches people to think and to express themselves. So a child who talks
and asserts himself in conversation is actually awarded higher marks
than the one who sits quietly.
How are these traits seen, say, in Africa?