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A Global Mapping International Newsletter Fall 1999


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The 5/40 Approach to the 10/40 Window

An idea: Building on forty key proverbs and sayings that encapsulate five core values of an unreached people, a researcher can write a short cultural profile of the group. This serves as cultural orientation for evangelists and a springboard for evangelistic conversations.

We call this concept "Listen First, Speak Later." Our suggestion is that a researcher may look initially for five key cultural values and forty sayings that shed light on those values. Some researchers may later go on to produce a full-blown cultural profile like The ABCs of American Culture, a booklet Stan Nussbaum wrote as an illustration of the method. Research may be done informally, as part of an academic program, in an ESL program, with an immigrant community in a Western country or in various other ways.

No matter how much depth is attempted, the task of researching and recording this material will naturally bring the researcher(s) into non-threatening conversations with several bilingual members of the host culture. The missionary is the learner and the research shows respect for the culture. The conversations will focus on the core values of the culture, exactly what an evangelist needs to know.

Let's talk
We are creating a small e-mail network of people who are pursuing this kind of research in widely scattered parts of the world. Several of these will be staff of Food for the Hungry, International, which does cultural research in connection with its aid and development programs. The network will encourage the exchange of information among people who are pioneering this experimental "Listen First" method.

If this idea might contribute to reaching an unreached people group you know of (or if you see other applications for it), write to Stan Nussbaum (e-mail: stan@gmi.org) to receive a ten-page draft of guidelines covering the goals and some possible methods of "Listen First" research.


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