Buying Africans by the thousands at slave markets, evangelizing but not fully freeing them and forming them into faith communities and then resettling them in new sites as missionaries is a mission strategy that would startle even those who have never heard of contextualization.
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Conversion and Apostasy
Having ministered in Turkey for over twenty years and planted a Muslim Background Believer (MBB) church, I read Ziya Meral’s article, “Conversion and Apostasy” (October 2006), with great interest.
The majority of evangelical Christians now live in the southern hemisphere. God has multiplied his Church in Latin America, Africa and southern Asia. This success story in world missions carries a nagging concern.
Juan is a farmer and the lead elder of a small village church in the high Andes. Kofi teaches theology at an African seminary and is writing several articles for a new contextualized Bible Encyclopedia.
As a professional therapist, I am often approached by Christian women who are asked to help others in emotional distress. “How do I help this woman?” is the usual question. Since more women tend to seek help from acquaintances rather than trained professionals, I am delighted to have discovered Kitchen Table Counseling, a valid and very helpful book for these lay counselors.
My dilemma with giving began after I arrived on the field in South Asia. And it started with tithing.
This fine collection of essays illustrates that breadth need not imply superficiality.
There is a time, place and manner to use foreign funds for the expansion of national ministries. Missionaries serving overseas need to wise stewards as well as generous givers.
Christopher Little is to be congratulated for writing a book on the second most significant missionary exemplar of all time, the peripatetic and harrowingly adventurous Apostle Paul.
Having clearly defined objectives and guidelines at the outset of a partnership with an international ministry can prevent many problems along the way.