Category: Learning Mandarin

Beyond Babel: Why Missionaries Should Learn the Language Part III

When the greatest missionary of all time won the second greatest missionary of all time to the Lord, He spoke his language. “And as [Saul] journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard...

Beyond Babel: Why Missionaries Should Learn the Language Part II

If learning the language is so important, then why do some missionaries never learn it? There are a couple of ministry crutches that oftentimes keep missionaries from learning the language of their field. Those missionaries that don’t master the language typically do their ministry on the field in one...

Beyond Babel: Why Missionaries Should Learn the Language Part I

Over the last several weeks, I posted a six-part series telling the story of how I learned to speak Mandarin Chinese. In today’s post, I begin to explain why language learning on the mission field is so vital to the success of the missionary. Why go through all the...