Equipping Christians to serve East Asians

More than ever, people are moving all around the world. Every year, tens of thousands are relocating to other countries for work, study, or other reasons. They leave behind their homes, families, friends and everything with which they are familiar, and are faced with making sense of their life in a new place.

Experience shows that during such times of transition people are more open to considering new ideas.  Many of their previous values and beliefs come into question. Most have a deep need for new relationships with people who will care for them and become a part of their lives.

This movement of people represents a great opportunity for the Christian church in the places where these people are moving. Christians can reach out with love and care to those who are lonely and struggling. Churches can be welcoming communities for those who are grieving loss and acclimating to a new life, providing opportunities to share the message of the gospel of hope to many who have never heard it before.

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Begin to understand your East Asian friends through our online courses.

Start
Learning

Begin to understand your East Asian friends through our online courses.

More than ever, people are moving all around the world. Every year, tens of thousands are relocating to other countries for work, study, or other reasons. They leave behind their homes, families, friends and everything with which they are familiar, and are faced with making sense of their life in a new place.

Experience shows that during such times of transition people are more open to considering new ideas.  Many of their previous values and beliefs come into question. Most have a deep need for new relationships with people who will care for them and become a part of their lives.

This movement of people represents a great opportunity for the Christian church in the places where these people are moving. Christians can reach out with love and care to those who are lonely and struggling. Churches can be welcoming communities for those who are grieving loss and acclimating to a new life, providing opportunities to share the message of the gospel of hope to many who have never heard it before.

 

Online Course Offerings

Understanding Your East Asian Friends Part 1

Helping you to build bridges into local international communities, engage in simple friendship building, and provide a basic understanding of unique characteristics of East Asian culture to help you avoid misunderstandings. 

Time Commitment: 6-7 hours over a two-week period

Understanding Your East Asian Friends Part 2

In this second part course, unpack important aspects of the East Asian mindset and examine how they play out in everyday life.  Concepts like “face”, “politeness” and “relationship”, as well as “indirect communication” and working with people from “honor-shame” cultures are covered.  We will also consider the Asian understanding of the “spirit world”. 

Time Commitment: 6-7 hours over a two-week period

Understanding Returnees

Each year thousands of East Asian students leave their homes to study overseas. Most of       them will return home within five years and some of them have come to faith in Jesus during that time. Sadly, experience shows that less than 20% of East Asian returnees who have become Christians while overseas will settle in a Church or fellowship when they return home.  This course examines the issues that cause returnees to believe that Jesus has no place in their lives in China. We will look at some ministry strategies as well as some practical things that can be done.

 

Time Commitment: 6-8 hours over a two-week period

Understanding Cultural Values

We all have cultural values.  They are what we believe is good or best in the world around us and they influence the way we think, act and respond.  Different cultures have different cultural values and a lot of cultural misunderstandings come from these differences.  This course will help you to understand your own cultural values as well as equip you with tools to understand the cultural values of others. 

Course Dates: 20 June – 1 July 2022 | Time Commitment: 8-10 hours over a two-week period 

Cost: $25-$30USD.

Why Learn With Us?

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Online & Interactive

Interactive online eLearning modules, which provide teaching content as well as interactive activities to get you actively involved in your learning.

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Group Participation

Most of our courses are offered to groups of participants, so you also have the opportunity to interact with others in online forums and activities.

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Flexible Scheduling

Course modules are generally offered over a period of one to two weeks and during that time, you are free to work at your own pace according to your schedule.

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Trusted Moodle Platform

The Moodle online classroom platform is reliable and easy to use. Our online classroom can be accessed from your computer, smartphone or tablet. If you have never experienced online learning before, don’t worry – it doesn’t take long to get used to this new technology.

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Not a Webinar

By using Moodle, you’ll be able to work at your own pace and set your own schedule for taking the course during our course time. Course instructors will be checking in with you via the course forums to communicate and interact during the course timeframe. 

About Us

Connecting 2 Culture (C2C) is a global initiative of OMF International, the former China Inland Mission, founded by missionary pioneer Hudson Taylor in 1865.  The purpose of C2C is to equip Christians with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to serve East Asians in their midst and be effective cross-cultural ministers of the gospel. We provide affordable online training as well as coaching and mentoring to individuals, churches and other organisations, equipping you to befriend your East Asian friends and build bridges to local communities.

Coaching & Mentoring

Connecting 2 Culture seeks to help people engage with individuals from other cultures in their communities. As well as providing online training, we also come alongside churches, individuals, and organizations, helping them grow and develop as cross-cultural ministers of the gospel. Our coaching and mentoring services work alongside our training programs to enable you to put the training into practice in your church or community.

To enquire about coaching or mentoring please use the “contact” form.

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