One Father’s Personal Journey Dealing with Loss and Change

Video
  • Approximate Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Partner: Center for Intercultural Training

Adjusting to a new culture can be difficult. This article is one element from the CIT Next online course Culture Shock. The article addresses survival skills for missionaries, foreign exchange students, and others working to weather cultural shock as they bridge cultural differences.

Are you past the fun and now into the challenges of living and ministering in a new culture? There are some good principles that you can put into practice as you seek to weather culture shock and adapt well to the place where God has sent you. Survival is not the goal; rather, the goal is to allow God to grow you in a way that prepares you to understand and love others around you. Cultural Shock may be just the course that will help.

For more information about the Culture Shock course and to register, visit here: www.grow2serve.com/ca

For more CIT Next Resources

For more Culture Shock Resources

Provided By: Center for Intercultural Training

Resource Description

Read/Listen Here

The story isn’t exactly about culture adjustment, but Steven Curtis Chapman and his family experienced shocking loss and change when his youngest daughter, Maria, was tragically killed.  The song Michael and Maria is a cute song about how one individual deals with a very hard reality.  Michael is the son from a family close with Chapmans who also also passed away at 15.  SCC allows this situation to grow his faith and allows God to teach him things through this journey that he otherwise may not have learned as well.  Take a look at the lyrics here:

Michael and Maria – Steven Curtis Chapman

Michael and Maria we can’t wait to see your faces
We already miss you more than words can say
I know we’re only separated from you by a thin veil
But it feels like we’re a million miles away
We didn’t really know how much we loved you ‘til we lost you
I know we didn’t really lose you
That’s just how it looks from here
But right now if we’re all honest we don’t like God’s higher ways
But we are trusting Him ‘cause what else can we do
And He is holding us while He is holding you
So Michael and Maria, we’ll see you soon
Michael and Maria someone said they thought they saw you
Giving names to babies this world never knew
I’m sure by now you’ve found your Great Grandparents
And some friends like Dave and Erin
I bet you’ve met Moses too
We never knew how much our hearts could hurt until we lost you
I know we didn’t really lose you
That’s just how it feels down here
Right now it seems we’ll never understand God’s higher ways
But we are trusting Him until the day we do
And He will carry us just like He carries you
So Michael and Maria, we’ll see you soon
Oh, this is a long hard journey
We travel in the blink of an eye
Oh, without this Hope we have in Jesus
There’s no way on earth we could survive
We never would survive
No we didn’t really know how much we loved you ‘til we lost you
I know we didn’t really lose you
That’s just how it looks from here
Right now it seems we’ll never understand God’s higher ways
But we are trusting Him until the day we do
And He will carry us just like He carries you
And if we believe His promises are true
Michael and Maria, I know we’ll see you soon
Gonna see you soon
I know we’ll see you soon.

You can listen to the song and the backstory on Youtube here:


Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.