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Having spent several short-term trips on the mission field, I have had the privilege of spending time with and gleaning wisdom from veteran missionaries. These “10 Commandments” for missionaries make up the body of advice that was given to me by Dr. Eric Chapman, a veteran missionary I had worked with in the past. He has been on the foreign mission field since 1993. Time has only solidified in my heart the veracity and gravity of these words of wisdom. These are in no particular order but all worth your reading.

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Generally speaking, the more informed you are about something, the more likely you are to make it through it. For example, if a pregnant woman expects pain, is aware of the cause, and keeps in the end result of it, she will more than likely go through the process easier than a woman who had no clue what was going on. Being informed does not dull the pain, but helps to keep one’s sanity through the difficulty. Culture shock is no exception. The more a missionary knows about it, the more likely they will be to come out on the right side in the end. The goal here is not to eliminate culture shock but to “reduce the voltage” of the shock.

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