Publication Date

Fall 12-3-2009


School of Religion


Religion: Cross-Cultural Studies

Primary Subject Area

Religion, Biblical Studies; Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies; Speech Communication


Cultural Mapping, Contextualization, Acculturation, Cayambe Ecuador, Missions


Social and Cultural Anthropology


God is a global God. He has a desire for all the nations to hear His Word. This is realized through discipleship. To effectively create disciples, it is necessary that the missionary understands the culture. Cultural mapping is a systematic way to observe and grow to understand a culture. It is beneficial to see how a model is applied to grasp this concept. This thesis examines the example of the culture of Cayambe, Ecuador, to see cultural mapping at work in an actual ministry. It will use the four layers of culture as presented by Donald K. Smith in his book Creating Understanding.