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the missionary asks whether or not his behavior is acceptable to local culture. But he must also ask whether or not his behavior is acceptable to God. The following passage specifically deals with cultural conflict: Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved. 1 Corinthians 10:31-33 (emphasis added) Paul's missionary methods changed depending on his audience. With the Jews he reasoned from the Scriptures in the synagogues. With the Gentiles he preached in the markets, demonstrating the force of Truth (Acts 17; Romans 1:18). However, sharing Christ never necessitated the adoption of heathen behavior. The Corinthians were expected to forsake their lustful lifestyles (1 Corinthians 6). The Ephesians were awakened from their sinful stupor (Ephesians 2). The Thessalonians turned to God from idols (1 Thessalonians 1). We must not share Christ at the expense of Christianity. In every cultural conflict we exercise our minds to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men (Acts 24:16). My four-year-old regularly asks me if we can please go back to South Africa because he misses his cat. Bouncing between two worlds brings unexpected challenges, and one always leaves something behind. But the issue of adapting to another culture involves more than becoming comfortable. It is foremost about preaching the unhindered message of Christ. The rewards for this kind of adaptation far exceed what we leave behind. For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9 W Jack Francis December 31, 1938 — October 17, 2013 Jack Francis, BIMI missionary to the deaf, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 17, 2013. Jack and Dorothea Francis were accepted as BIMI missionaries in June 1994. They have faithfully served for 19 years in deaf ministries in Haiti, Ecuador and most recently in South Carolina. Jack had a great burden for the deaf, and he also had the gift of encouragement. Please be in prayer for Dorothea as she continues to minister to the deaf. 26 BIMI WORLD Number 1, 2014 Memorial Gifts have been received in memory of: Fred Newman by Walter Biddle by by Matthew LeGrand by Howard Barrigar by by Dale Taylor by by Helen Grey by Libby Sanchez by Arthur Brown Jr by Evelyn Porter by Daisy Hay by Rosie Lively by Jill Hess by Rosie Arrowood by Eugene Whelan by Frank Hyatt by Florence McCabe by Emmett Johnson by Mr. & Mrs. John Newland James Stewart Nancy Horton Mollie Wells South Baptist Church Community Bap Ch of Lansing Nick Ott Nick Ott Patricia Henderson Charles Frazier Patricia A Henderson Annonymous Charles Frazier Friendly Welcome Baptist Church Gary Hess Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Brown Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Brown David R Hughes Patricia A Henderson Patricia A Henderson