Book Review – “Culture to Culture” by Nan Leaptrott

Culture to Culture: Mission Trip Do’s and Don’ts

by Nan Leaptrott

340 pages, $14.99

ISBN: 0-89957-156-5

Nonfiction – Practical Theology/Anthropology

Review by Steven King, MBA, MEd

Nan Leaptrott, an internationally renowned speaker and founder of Global Business Consultants, has written an indispensible aid for those entertaining activities in global mission work. Her Culture to Culture should be required reading for anyone contemplating service on the mission field-it should be in all church libraries; a required part of the curriculum in Bible college and/or seminary; and given to all who are ordained as a missionary.

Why is this book indispensable? It cuts to the heart of what is the largest violation of intercultural etiquette-cultural insensitivity. Or, more to the point, the hubris and largesse which informs much of what Americans construe as mission work: the subtle belief that the American way is the only way things are done in this world. As Leaptrott is quick to point out, the fact of global westernization does not imply eradication of other cultures. Missionaries, therefore, should be very sensitive to the culture of any country to which they travel. When Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman at the well (John 9), her question “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink? (NLT)” underlines the idea that cultural sensitivity matters.

Culture to Culture gives the missionary an encyclopedic reference to culture; whether it is surface culture (what you see on onset) or reference culture (the nuances of culture which are not seen right away). Since culture influences beliefs/values, etiquette/behavior, human relations, communication, and time, any cultural gaffe could be devastating to the missionary enterprise. Ethnocentric obstinacy not only proves a superiority mindset – it could ultimately undermine the building of God’s kingdom.

The book is divided into the following regions: Western Europe, Latin America, Arab Region, Asia/Pacific, Central/Eastern Europe, and Africa. Each region is subdivided into its respective country profiles. In each section, Leaptrott analyzes the country’s religious history and influential governing principles. The missionary-in-training will understand hierarchy, level of preparation needed, punctuality expected, level of formality, and dress/dining styles of the host country. Specific alerts, such as “transaction alerts,” or “interaction alerts,” are offset and in boldface for emphasis. After a thorough guide to international dining, the author provides an extensive alphabetical country-by-country summary for quick reference.

Culture to Culture is an excellent resource to communicate proper protocol for

missionaries. In essence, missionaries should:

· Be informed

· Have a plan

· Build bridges

· Reflect Christ

· And, if doubtful – ask questions.

If the objective of mission work is to demonstrate Jesus, then missionaries should walk in gracious objectivity – otherwise, wanton subjectivity may keep others from ever seeing Jesus.

Deciphering The Emerald Tablet 1

Basically, when ever our minds pause before an idea, a phrase or an expression, we relate it to metaphor due to failure of our recognition to its meaning and sense of logic.

There seems to be a different reality in existence, a reality that is not easily grasped by the ordinary, unless that ordinary takes time to use his imagination and back it up with further research.

Since we agree that mythology and legend are but another form and fabric of what might be a vague history, we need to recognize that we do not perceive history in its own reality but rather in our own. Since our own reality is what makes sense to us. The rest may fall under the unknown category…

Our attempt to explore deeper into the emerald tablets is generated from our conviction that such ancient knowledge deserves a better and more serious study for what it contains from paranormal description of events that ordinary layman considers as fictional, yet still coincides with theoretical science and somewhat the practical one as well.

Landing on the moon was regarded fictional even long after Armstrong walked on its surface, reaching mars was even more fictional, teleportation still is, and there are tens of other issues we still regard fictional due to our lack of comprehension to it.

To the skeptics and doubtful I would reiterate that what was considered fictional and became fact does not stop at what we conceive and how we perceive it. And if we are to stop at turning our thoughts away from what we cannot understand or fail to recognize we would have never reached outer space.

Now to tablets 1 of the Emerald we pierce into and indulge our imagination…

(Thoth, living from generation to generation),

There are several references that this historical character Thoth was granted immortality till a day comes where he would confront the antichrist face to face.

(Being to pass into the halls of Amanti),

In general the Halls of Amanti stands for a place of sanctuary, this place exist in a different space/time and different dimension within the Earth heart.

Keor is the capital city of Undal that belonged to the archipelago of Lost Atlantis (the ten islands) which might be right on top of the passage way to Amanti that was used by Thoth.

And somehow the atlanteans likewise Thoth found a way to rejuvenate and renew their life by embarking on a trip to and fro the Halls of Amanti.

(I descended the dark way that led into light,

and as many times have I ascended from the

darkness into the light my strength and power renewed)

According to Thoth descending the dark way that led to light, and ascending from the darkness into the light enabled him to renew his power.

By saying descending the dark way he maybe indicating to space that separates the surface of earth from its core, leading to light would be the core. That is why in his ascent he also describes the trip from darkness again into the light, which is also the space that separates the core from earth surface on the return trip.

Somehow, in applying his interstellar light speed travel he gained immortality. And to make this concept easier to understand one needs to remember the theory of relativity and Albert Einstein, having said that, we need to elaborate that such travel was not taken by physical form but rather astral.

This is also related to the whole concept of what is above is as what is below.

(Knowing the wisdom of old,

seeking far within the heart of infinity

knowledge that belonged to Earth’s youth)

There was an ancient knowledge and wisdom which by far exceeded our current, though; we have started to comprehend some of its laws and principles…

A clear indication to the presence of alien super beings dwelling with man on planet earth and at one stage mating with man and teaching man arts of survival and all sorts of science.

This alien presence has referencing all over history, myth and legend as well as theology, anthropology and archeology. Such reference exists in holy books such as the Quran, as well as the book of Enoch which we will examine in future articles…

(Strong where we with the power drawn from the eternal fire.)

Eternal fire, a metaphor for eternal light…enlightenment…wisdom…knowledge…alien race, alien knowledge, advanced science.

(My father, THOTME,

keeper of the great temple,

link between the Children of Light

who dwelt within the temple and the

races of men who inhabited the ten islands.)

Thotme, the father of Thoth seemed to be the coordinator between the alien race who dwelt in a temple and the human race.

This would indicate that the aliens did limit their interaction with the humans through the father of Thoth, which in turn indicates that they came to earth on a specific mission, an organized and controlled mission to develop and improve the human race.

Those aliens seemed to be able to take a human form and thus communicate with men in such manner.

(Taught me he, the path to Amenti,

the underworld where the great king sits

upon his throne of might.

Deep I bowed in homage before the Lords of Life

and the Lords of Death,

receiving as my gift the Key of Life.)

They taught Thoth the path to Amenti in the underworld under the Temple where there is a great king sits on his throne, with a company of Lords of life and Lords of death and granted him the secret of immortality.

(Free was I of the Halls of Amenti,

bound not be death to the circle of life.

Far to the stars I journeyed until

space and time became as naught.)

The knowledge passed onto Thoth, freed him from the physical laws that applies to all of us and enabled him to journey to stars and since he hints to space and time being naught that would draw us to the conclusion that his travel was astral and with a speed that is way faster than the speed of light. (What draws my attention here is the term he and we still use; the circle of life, it is a circle because it comes from death to life and back to death, it is a cycle for the physical earthly life.)

Space and Time may not stand still unless the journey taken exceeds the speed that forms and dictates the laws applied to Space and Time.

(In obedience to the law,

the word of the Master grew into flower.

Downward into the darkness turned the

thoughts of the Atlanteans,

Until at last in this wrath arose from his AGWANTI,)

What law that causes a word to grow into a flower. Simple, it is an intent, growing into a thought till it matures into reality which is the flower. Agwanti in here would be stillness and neutrality.

(Deep in Earth’s heart, the sons of Amenti heard,

and hearing, directing the changing of the flower of fire

that burns eternally, changing and shifting, using the LOGOS,

until that great fire changed its direction.)

The flower of fire, again, flower is a thought manifesting, fire is metaphor for light, eternal fire, eternal light the word of the king, the thought/flower was manifested applying the logos, in other words applying the laws that caused the disasters which lead to the inhalation of Atlantis (earth quake, volcanic eruption and floods).

(Only the Temple of Light was left

standing on the great mountain on UNDAL

still rising out of the water)

This can become a hint to the present topographical location of sunken Atlantis, the top of UNDAL mountain remains visible. And probable remains of a Temple of light ruins might also be visible…

(Take them by the arts ye have learned of far across the waters,

until ye reach the land of the hairy barbarians,

dwelling in caves of the desert.)

Above is a clear answer to the missing link in evolution between the homo erectus and the homo sapien cozens who at one stage roamed earth surface together, till the erectus no longer existed as before…

(Then raised I my staff and directed a ray of vibration,

striking them still in their tracks as fragments

of stone of the mountain.)

Watch the film star gate and you will know how the staff worked

(The entrance, a doorway, a gateway

leading down to Amenti.

The portal to dark Amenti.)

The portal to dark Amenti, that is why I used the term another space and time above. For if there is a portal that means there is another dimension, which means another space and time…

(Raised over the passage, I, a mighty pyramid,

using the power that overcomes Earth force (gravity).

Deep and yet deeper place I a force-house or chamber;

from it carved I a circular passage

reaching almost to the great summit.)

Apparently, Thoth managed to find a portal that leads to AMANTI from the new location and raised a mighty pyramid on top of it.

Using the power that overcomes Earth force (gravity) explains how the minimum 60 tons stones were levitated so accurately to a height exceeding 130 meters when erected.

The chamber is non else than the kings chamber situated deep inside the pyramid at a designated point of energy concentration within the pyramid.

Experiments were carried out by several scientists placing shaving blade in a proto type pyramid and discovering by doing so they preserved the sharpness of that blade two weeks more than a normal used blade. Other experiments were carried out by placing a piece of meat inside a prototype pyramid which resulted in extending its expiry date for an extra week. Not mentioning that the pyramid was build on the pi

If you know either the Diameter, Area or Circumference, the tool does the rest!

The circumference of a circle is the actual length around the circle which is equal to 360°. Pi (p) is the number needed to compute the circumference of the circle.

p is equal to 3.14.

Pi is considered Greek and I consider Thoth as its origin, it has been around for thousands of years!

(There in the apex, set I the crystal,

sending the ray into the “Time-Space,”

drawing the force from out of the ether,

concentrating upon the gateway to Amenti.)

The crystal, which was not an ordinary crystal, in fact it was an emerald cut in specific design to suit its purpose by sending the accumulated ray into the Time-Space to draw the force from the ether. Energy attracts energy of its type. And as man learnt since long time ago to harvest energy from wind, water and light, there are other ways to harvest energy from the ether. The crystal helps to focus that energy due to its reflecting nature.

(Other chambers I built and left vacant to all seeming,

yet hidden within them are the keys to Amenti.

He who in courage would dare the dark realms,

let him be purified first by long fasting.)

There are other chambers in the pyramid one of them is the queen chamber and one lead through a doorway to the sarcophagus, hidden in those chambers are the keys to Amanti which is camouflaged and needs meditation and focusing to locate.

The best way to do so is by long fasting, long fasting induces the necessary trance which puts the mind in the theta to delta frequency enabling one the way to reach his goal.

Lie in the sarcophagus of stone in my chamber.

Then reveal I to him the great mysteries.

Soon shall he follow to where I shall meet him,

Built I the Great Pyramid,

patterned after the pyramid of Earth force,

burning eternally so that it, too,

might remain through the ages.

Thoth shall meet him in AMANTI,

Patterned after the pyramid earth force is a miniature of earth elemental and gravitational energy field, and this needs to be discussed in a separate article in the future…

In it, I built my knowledge of “Magic-Science”

so that I might be here when again I return from Amenti,

Aye, while I sleep in the Halls of Amenti,

my Soul roaming free will incarnate,

dwell among men in this form or another. (Hermes, thrice-born.)

Thoth says he can take a physical form and roam amongst us.

Emissary on Earth am I of the Dweller,

fulfilling his commands so many might be lifted

As said in the legend of Thoth (al khodre holds the key of earth).