I had the privilege of being part of the training and mobilization of this couple, and shortly before they moved to the Arab world, I wrote this letter to them. I thought it was worthwhile enough to share with a wider audience.
Here are a couple of the points of advice I offer:
- learn from the ancient churches
- remember that you are Americans and don't try to hide it
- apply yourself to language acquisition above all
- learn the history of the people and the country
And others. But read the article which contains a lot of other good stuff.
Read it all. Download the PDF from St Francis or check it out on Academia.edu.