The dowry is going the way of many other important cultural practices in Africa —down the hill of eroding values. The going rate for an educated wife in Kenya today could be as much as a Mitsubishi Pajero.
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The title, In War and Famine, sounds like part of a wedding vow, to be followed by “in sickness and in health, for richer and for poorer, ‘til death do us part.” Perhaps the author intended as much.
The most astonishing story to come out of the church in Nepal since its inception fifty years ago is the movement to Christ of a large number of people belonging to the Tamang community.
Kwame Bediako is one of the most significant contemporary voices in African evangelical theology. Richly textured, in touch with history, culture, theology and missiology, his perceptive insights are a necessity in engaging in theologizing in the African context.
“You keep talking about community, but all we can think of is the neighborhood where we live,” is the response I got.
It’s great to see Christians meeting with Muslims to discuss how we can get along—and even better when the Christian representatives share a firm faith in the gospel.
Motivating people to change behavior is difficult. We hang tenaciously onto habits because they have deep roots in our cultural values and beliefs.
In 1900, two-thirds of the missionaries serving in China were women. Not Less Than Everything by Valerie Griffiths details the stories of such women, mostly serving with the China Inland Mission, who took the gospel message to China from the 1820s to the mid-1900s.
Most short-term medical missions today are using massive amounts of resources. And yet, people are still living in unsanitary conditions and having to deal with preventable diseases.
Intentional mission activity has been done among Buddhists since Xavier in the sixteenth century. Yet little fruit have come from these efforts.