Over the past 50 years, Christianity has truly become a global faith. While in retreat in the West, Christianity is blooming and advancing in the global South and East: Africa, Asia, and South America.
On Nov. 10-11 at Stone Hill Church, Christel Lamère Ngnambi, who works with the European Evangelical Alliance representing more than 50 national and international evangelical Protestant organizations in Europe, will speak about Africa. Reader’s Review recommends two books by Regent College historian Mark A. Noll to read:
- Clouds of Witnesses: Christian Voices from Africa and Asia, by Mark A. Noll and Carolyn Nystrom (IVP Books, 2011) and The New Shape of World Christianity by Noll (IVP Books, 2013).
This year’s global ministry conference rounds out the picture that we began looking at during our 2017 global ministry conference, which focused on Asia. Reader’s Review challenges you to read Noll’s books this weekend, followed by Eastern Voices: Volume I, a collection of stories written by 15 leaders of the Christian church in Asia and published by the ministry Asian Access (2011), reprinted here.
Eastern Voices allows us to listen to, and learn from, godly Christian leaders who serve in Asia and for whom a country in Asia has always been home—whether Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Myanmar, or Sri Lanka. The challenge in Asia is huge: Almost 60 percent of the world population lives in Asia, and its backgrounds are, as one missiologist puts it, “complicated, diverse, and spiritually overwhelming.” Here are some highlights on how God is at work in Asia and what the people of God are learning:
- Learn about a Gospel awakening in Japan from Pastor Yoshiya Hari of Saikyo Hope Chapel, who describes the spiritual impact of the 2011 tsunami.
- Ponder the prophetic assessment of so much of today’s worship in Sri Lanka by Adrian De Visser, founder of Kethu Sevana Ministries. He raises questions about worship in his cultural context that relates directly to us in ours.
- Be inspired by the chapter written by Kavitha Emmanuel, founder of Women of Worth. Thank God for using our sister to stand up to the evil of skin-color bias in India.
Read all 15 leaders’ stories. Be instructed. Be transformed.
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