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Abstract

Over the last 30 years, international business opportunities have become more widespread. This rise in global business opportunities has not gone unnoticed by missiologists, and the development of the Business as Mission (BAM) movement has introduced a new realm of possibilities of linking business and mission. One potential weakness of this model is that international business managers often do not receive any missiological or theological training. It is likely that they receive less prayer support, less in-the-field support, and probably weaker moral accountability. As a result, many may be unaware of the some of the difficulties that they may face on international business assignments.

This paper suggests that if Christian business faculty actively encourage students to explore international business opportunities, then they must sensitize students to some of the physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges that they may face on overseas business assignments. The last section of the paper shows how these challenges and realities of international business can be introduced in the classroom through an innovative use of Sofia Coppolo’s 2003 movie Lost in Translation. The final section offers some concluding remarks followed by an appendix presenting a scene-by-scene analysis of Lost in Translation.

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