Holiday update

Holiday greetings from the Cottle family.

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We trust you like us, enjoyed a great Thanksgiving Day with family and some great food. Of course we ate too much! We spent our time in Deep Run, NC. with Lynette’s family and James’ parents joined us for all the fun.

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As shared with you last month, James organized a multi-organization seminar on honor-shame cultures for Nov 16-18. The seminar was a huge success. Some said that the seminar was the best they’ve ever attended. Here are a few of the comments from attendees:

  • “One of the biggest takeaways for me at this seminar was the teaching about the three types of world views and how Scripture confronts each one.  The three types are guilt/innocence, honor/shame, and fear/power.  Cultures tend to have elements of each type in their worldview, but one tends to be dominant over the others.  Throughout the pages of Scripture these three types are revealed.  As missionaries we must recognize the dominant one within the culture where we work and use the parts of Scripture that deals with that worldview in our evangelism.  As we disciple the new believers we must teach the fullness of Scripture and confront all three worldviews.  When was the last time you heard a preacher from your home culture preach about shame?”
  • “Filipino Glenn Sebios–reported that he was converted under the Western paradigm–the guilt/innocence model–and he’s been both schooled in that and has tried to share the gospel from that paradigm ever since.  But at the seminar his eyes were opened to the Honor/Shame paradigm which is oh so much more meaningful to him as a Filipino.  He said something to the effect that the guilt aspect of the gospel didn’t grab him very much and was kinda hard to relate to, but now that he understands what it means for the gospel to save him from shame, well, it’s the difference between having a head knowledge of what the gospel is all about and having a heart knowledge.

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Lynette and I have been sharing about honor-shame at every church we’ve spoken at and the interests has been amazing. We feel honor-shame is a relevant topic for US churches as they seek to reach out to the ever growing immigrant population. If you want to learn more check out honor-shame.com. Growing in your awareness of honor-shame will enrich your understanding of scripture and help you to relate more effectively to those from different cultures.

As you think of us please take time to pray for the following:

  1. Caleb had his second ear surgery on Nov 30th. We are praying that his skin graft will attach properly and that he will gain full hearing ability.
  2. We are preparing leadership and team training materials for our trip to Asia is Feb 2016.
  3. We are still in need of additional financial support in order to make our June 2016 departure back to Cambodia.

We pray that as you enter the Christmas season that you will be centered in God’s Peace.

Blessings to you from the Cottles

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