Missionary Learning Center

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  1. SaggyWoman

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    Has anyone ever been to the Missionary Learning Center of the International Mission Board located up in Richmond? What has been your experience there?
     
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    Mine was a great experience. Fast paced with something to do all day long and half the night. A beautifull campus. In 2000 it was 5 weeks long, yet today I believe its 7 or 8. We learnt about the land we were going to as well as things like how to cut hair and how to skin a chicken. Henry Blackaby also came and spoke to us. I was impressed with that humble and soft spoken man.
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    I hope to get there soon. LOL. Actaully, if I'm accepted into the program I'm applying for, I'll go to training at MLC.
     
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    I was up there this past weekend for a tour. Lovely campus. I think the training is 6 weeks long now.
     
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    I can't wait to get there
     
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    You go, girl! [​IMG]

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    My wife, two sons, and I were there in January and February of 1996. We had a small group training, maybe 50 adults and 25 kids. There was a lot of snow. I wish we could have some type of reunion. The training was good. We have been in South Korea for eight and a half years. They warned us about culture shock, and it was a good thing because culture shock is inevitable anywhere you go.
     
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    I got culture shock big time in Korea. But I didn't go through the same thing in Indonesia. Indonesia is dirtier, but it is easier to relate to the people for some reason. Maybe because they are multicultural (at least in Jakarta) they are flexible. What part of Korea have you ministered in? I hear the south of S. K. (e.g. Pusan) had only a small percent Christian about 9 years ago when I was there.
     
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    Culture shock. What exactly constitutes culture shock? I always get excited about the differences, but then, I have only had to deal with differences for a few weeks.
     
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    I've been in Ulsan since we came back from stateside assignment in the summer of 2001. Ulsan is down near Pusan. I am team leader for a group of nine adults. Three are in Sokcho; two are in Kangneung; and four are in Ulsan. We are all located in port cities along the east coast. I was in Seoul for four years.

    Culture shock usually doesn't set in for a few weeks. At first, the newness is fascinating. Later, however, little cultural differences begin to irritate. Culture shock is inevitable; it cannot be avoided. Understanding it helps one to cope with it.
     
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    I had the same experience in Korea. for the first few weeks, it was fascinating. After a few months though, I wasn't happy there. Then after about 6 months there, I got over it. Everything is different in some countries, and it is a shock to you emotionally. Korea was especially difficult for me because the culture is so rigid and different. Koreans don't like to say 'no.' They speak in a code of sorts, translating their polite ways of hinting at 'no' into English. "Let me think about that," means "no." Putting someone off or delaying someone is their way of saying "no." It's frustrating if you are the only one who doesn't know what is giong on and no one is there to explain it to you.
     
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    Link, I agree. The culture is very different and hard to figure out. I'm still learning about it after eight and a half years here. Our former regional leader told us that the Korean language is one of the four most difficult ones for Americans to learn. He mentioned Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic.
     
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    Saggy, I spent some time there in the summer of 1992 helping with the kids coming home for furlough to readjust to the USA. Even simple things like relearning our money a dime is worth two nickels even though a nickel is bigger. ;) It is a beautiful campus, there are somethings I'd change about the training that happened BUT I am not in charge (everyone may praise God for that) and I am sure they had good reasons. The living quarters were great. The food was the best I've had anywhere, I think I gained 10 pounds in a month. The missionaries were a delight and the vast majority of staff was incredible. Saggy, why do you ask?
     
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    I hope some day to be there to train as a missionary.
     

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