The latest issue of Christianity Today Magazine contains this interview I did with Valdir Steuernagel, a Brazilian theologian who works with World Vision. The topic is partnership, particularly global partnerships between North and South, rich and poor. There are also three quite interesting responses: from an African (Zac Niringiye), a Filipino (Ruth Callanta) and an American (Jim Thomas). If you are involved in mission trips or do-good endeavors outside America, you may find these views quite surprising.
What stands out most is the perspective on American pragmatism. We are a can-do, results-oriented people. That often causes problems in relationships with cultures that have different orientations. Furthermore, as these four writers suggest, it can undermine the very thing we hope to accomplish–the cross-cultural, international experience of family ties.