Luke 10:17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord even the demons submit to us in your name."
18 He replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
Father God, I ask that you give us the wisdom to understand your Word and to implant it deeply in our souls with the root of discernment and understanding.
The Lord tells us when we go out into the world to share the gospel as missionaries that we are to accept their culture. We are to eat and live as the locals do. We can not set ourselves apart, but we need to show them that we are like them. The more that we can show ourselves like them, the more they accept us and the Words of knowledge that we bring. For the Word does not come from us but from the Holy Spirit that lives inside of us. When I was in West Africa for 5 weeks. I shared the gospels and I shared the knowledge that the Lord Jesus had given me. I followed these instructions. I stayed in one house not going from one to another. This way I was able to build a strong trusting relationship with the family that I was staying with. I never turned down food that they offered me. Because I did not want to offend them. Even though, there were times that I wasn't sure what I was being offered to eat at meal times, I ate it! The more I could fit into their world, the more I was accepted by the family and the locals. If the family approved of me, so did the locals. This is very important when you travel 5,000 miles from home. You want to make sure that you don't want to offend anyone and wind up in a lonely motel room by yourself, especially if you're a woman. You want to know that there are others that have your back. When I was in Ghana, West Africa. I pretty much always felt safe. There were times when a driver would take off and leave me alone for awhile. But I always took notice of my surroundings and the people around me, and I tried to stay off the main streets where passerbys would see me. Because being caucasion makes you stand out more. And Ghana had certain dress codes that everyone had to follow. If you wore shorts they had to be knee length. And while I was there, I dressed like the locals. This made them accept me more!
1. Stay at the same home don't go from house to house, this will help build strong relationships.
2. Eat whatever they serve you not to offend anyone.
3. Try to fit in by wearing the same clothes as the locals and speaking their language.
4. Ask questions about their culture, the more you know the more, you fit into their culture.
5. Pray and eat together and worship together.
6. Leave a gift for the children and the lady of the house where you are staying. When I went, I took Bibles for the males, a leather purse for the wife, and I gave a basball cap with a cross on it to their teenage daughter and jewelry. They were all very pleased!
7. Pack enough clothes and gifts that you plan to take and give away! I had 1 extra suitcase for just that. And God will reward you! They liked the stuff so much that they took me shopping and bought me clothes to fit in. So, I came back home with all kinds of African clothes and souvernirs.