I began my ministry with TEAM in 1982 as a teacher at Christiansen Academy, Rubio, Venezuela. I relocated to the US in 1992 to assist TEAM missionary kids returning to North America for college and work. In the early 2000's I transitioned to TEAM's Learning team where I helped develop programs and resources to encourage, stimulate, and equip cross-cultural workers. This included overseeing orientations and developing curriculum for a variety of in-house learning events. Another focus was coordinating the development of language and culture learning resources. Check out the "exploring culture" site at: https://lifelearner.org/culture/
I recently arrived in Taiwan and my first assignment is studying Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese culture.
Developing an orientation program for new missionaries to Taiwan and preparing colleagues to implement the program as they mentor a new generation of missionaries.
Taiwan is home to people straddling ancient Chinese traditions and hi-tech globalization. The combination of a hi-tech materialistic society with the entrenched traditional religion that combines ancestor worship with Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism is a barrier to spreading the Gospel.