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Getting Sent

Raising support is one of the most difficult challenges facing Christians in ministry. Fears of rejection, concerns about biblical validity, feelings of not being deserving, anxiety about limited resources can all block us from obtaining the means to fulfill our calling. This book both affirms that God uses the Christian community to send us into ministry and demystifies the process.

Honorably Wounded

After initial chapters on the current challenges of Christian work around the world, and on the nature of stress itself, Dr. Foyle explores such topics as: depression, occupational stress, interpersonal relationships, stress and children, and burnout.

When Helping Hurts

While this book exposes past and current development efforts that churches have engaged in which unintentionally undermine the people they're trying to help, its central point is to provide proven strategies that challenge Christians to help the poor empower themselves. Focusing on both North American and Majority World contexts, When Helping Hurts catalyzes the idea that sustainable change for people living in poverty comes not from the outside-in, but from the inside-out.

Missions & Money

Jonathan J Bonk revisits the issue of affluent missionaries working among poor people. Bonk offers new reflections in the light of a changed situation, one marked by increases in the number of short-term missionaries and increases in the numbers of Asians, Africans, and Latin Americans who are leaving their homelands to serve as missionaries to other people. The conversation on the ambiguity of wealth and Christian missionary outreach is deepened with essays by Christopher J H Wright on the righteous rich in the Hebrew Bible and by Justo Gonzalez on faith and wealth in the Christian Bible and the early Church.

Searching for the Indigenous Church

The central goal in missions is the establishment of strong, growing indigenous churches. Gene Daniels addresses that crucial subject in the pages of this remarkable book. Many books have been written about the problems associated with crossing into another culture. Most of them are helpful, indeed valuable, but they do not quite prepare the reader for his or her actual arrival in a cross-cultural setting. No matter how much we have read about the need to remove our culturally tinted glasses and see things from the perspective of another culture, most of us have difficulty doing so.