Steve & Janice Rasmussen, Africa International University, Bethel Christian Fellowship

Transformed: Culture Shock and Adjustment

To help sending churches better support their missionaries, Steve and Janice will discuss some typical patterns of cultural adjustment from the missions research. They will illustrate with real stories including their own family’s difficult cultural adjustment as missionaries to Tanzania and later, to Kenya.  

For the past 22 years in East Africa, Dr. Steve and Janice Rasmussen have trained and mentored missionaries and church leaders, while raising 4 children.  Rev. Steve directs Training East African Ministers and teaches missions at masters and PhD level at Africa International University. He is currently on sabbatical and serving as Interim Lead Pastor of their multi-cultural sending church in St. Paul.  He also consults with churches on missions programs and policies. Janice is writing her dissertation research on improved learning and cultural adjustment for international students in Kenya.