Thriving in Another Culture: A Handbook for Cross-cultural Missions

Jo Anne Dennett

Thriving in Another Culture contains clear guidelines for Christians intending to live and serve effectively in another culture. It is suitable for short term workers, ‘tentmakers’ and as a helpful reference for missionaries already in the field. Invaluable also for those involved in selecting, sending and caring for missionaries. The clear language makes it a useful text for those to whom English is a second language.


Jo Anne Dennett fulfilled a lifetime dream of becoming a medical missionary when she went to Somali Republic in 1960. She ran a hospital among Muslim people, where Christian witnessing led to the salvation and discipling of a few converts before she and others were expelled in 1972. Jo Anne moved to the mission headquarters in Ethiopia where she was responsible for care of the missionaries and their children at Bingham Academy.

Later, Jo Anne married an Australian, Bill Dennett, in 1973. You can read the full story in the book, Unusual Marriage, and learn how the Lord helped Jo Anne and Bill to adjust and have fruitful ministries together.


‘Your book comes at exactly the right time. Even the outline is a help! I have been asked to prepare some courses for the Southern Baptist Convention for use with their missionaries to promote spiritual growth. I thank you for sending the book along.   When I get to really working through your book, I will send  a recommendation for it to some of the key staff here at CIU.’  (Dr R. McQuilklin, Columbia International University, USA.)

‘I want to congratulate you on the publication of your book.  As I look at the table of contents, I echo the development of the topics, and am particularly interested in Part II `Caring for Missionaries (Guidelines for Sending Churches and Mission Agencies)’ . I will present this book to some of my colleagues in World Evangelical Fellowship, and see what can be done to distribute it on a broader range.’  (Dr William D. Taylor, WEF Missions Commission.)

‘We had a good International Candidates conference – five people, a German couple, a Brazilian nurse, a South Arican man and a Lebanese pastor. They bonded together in a wonderful way.   They seemed to appreciate your book.   It was their reading assignment. We had two sessions discussing some of the case studies. Thank you for writing such a helpful, practical book.’ (Donna Smith, Arab World Ministries.)

‘Your book is very helpful when there is lack of facilities for preparing and training candidates. Even when one goes through candidate school, it would be good to have as a basic manual to take to the field and refresh one’s memory as the circumstances come up. The book could easily be translated as the style is simple, with short clear sentences. You surely speak from experience from both sides of the mission endeavor – `goer’ and `sender’. (Dr & Mrs A R Gould, SIM South Africa.)

‘Thank you for your book. It is fabulous – wonderful cover, layout, technique that gets one in instantly.  I love the questions at the end of each chapter and the highlighting so you can’t miss them. Your content is so scriptural and clear’  (Dr & Mrs Harland Kerr, WBT.)

‘I have read your book and think it is super, brief and so practical. I am glad that it will be widely read, because I do think it is so important. I have given it to our Candidate Secretary and he has passed it around to others in DMG. We have contacted the FHM in Korntal where German speaking missionaries can study for their Masters in Mission . We will put in an order for the book.’  (Christel Voll, DMG, Germany.)  

‘What a wonderful job you did to get the basics out and such relevant points. The weaving of Scripture throughout the whole book gives it an authority that others miss.  I have made guidelines from the book for  our Candidates .’  (Betty Sullins, `Missions Nannys’, USA .)

Translations of Thriving in Another Culture

This wonderful resource has been translated into a number of languages. (Note: all translations completed, and published as of 2007.)


‘I have read the book and think it has something useful to offer the Spanish readership & Missions movement; I would like to see it translated.’  (Andres Prins, Latin American Mission.)
Publisher: CLIE, in Spain, email:


‘I want to translate your book; our Dean is excited about getting it into Portuguese.’ (S.Silva, South American Theo. Seminary, Brazil)
Publisher: Descoberta Editora, Ltda, email:


 ‘I am convinced that this book will be very useful here for Christians going into other cultures.  I would like to translate it into Arabic.’ (J.Milligan, Egypt)
Contact: Richard Coombs, MECO, email:


‘I really think that the subject will interest African French speaking churches.  We will translate it.’ (J.Ouoba, C.E.P., Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire,  West Africa)
CEP contact: email:


‘Your book is very good for missionary candidates. I will look for a translator  into Korean.’
Available:  SIM, Korea,  email:


‘Rev. J. Hu translated the `Thriving …’ book into Chinese,  Mandarin; it is now ready for printing.’  (Belinda Ng, SIM.)
SIM contact email:


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