"Since families are at the core of Protestant evangelical missionary endeavor, mission agencies, sending churches, and families with ministries in a variety of cultural, linguistic, and economic contexts all over the world face a range of expected and sometimes unexpected challenges in regard to the nurture, care, and education of children, the retirement of missionaries, and so on. In addition, missionary families find themselves on the cutting edge of identity issues as their children are reared and educated in cultures quite alien to their home cultures, sometimes marrying across cultures and nationalities, resulting in families scattered across the globe. . . . I believe the case studies in this book speak for themselves." —Jonathan J. Bonk, editor, from the Preface
Forty years after its founding in 1972, the International Association for Mission Studies has become an international and interdenominational network of individuals, organizations, and centers engaged in the scholarly study of the Christian world mission. IAMS provides mutual encouragement, fellowship, and dissemination of information for the advancement of scholarship about world mission and the encounter of the Gospel with cultures and religions worldwide.
Dr. Gerald H. Anderson’s 240-page history of IAMS, Witness to World Christianity: The International Association for Mission Studies, 1972-2012—which includes 44 photographs and an index—is an outstanding overview of the history of IAMS, and a virtual “Who’s Who” in Mission Studies for the past half century.
The financial support of The Egede Institute of Missionary and Ecumenical Research, Oslo, Norway; Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky; and an anonymous benefactor allow the publisher to offer the book below the actual cost of publication.
Bound Volume of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research “Missionary Gold” for every theological library and scholar of mission studies. Sixteen issues of the IBMR. Bound in red buckram with vellum finish and embossed in gold lettering. Limited edition. Each volume is numbered and signed by the editors.
This volume traces its origins to the 2001 annual meeting of the Evangelical Missiological Society with the theme of "Lessons in Mission from the Twentieth Century." The papers from this meeting, combined with insightful essays by other EMS members, reflect upon the history of evangelical missions and upon its future. "Harvard philosopher George Santayana's oft quoted 'Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it' applies to missiology as well as it does to any other discipline. The past provides the foundation on which the present stands and the future will build. May God give us grace to draw from the lessons presented in this book in ways that will enrich us as people, as a church, and as a community calling others to come worship Jesus Christ." A. Scott Moreau(from the foreword)
Evangelical Missiological Society Series, No. 10 William Carey Library
This revised edition of Missions and Money offers new reflections in the light of a changed situation in Christian missionary circles. Bonk offers new reflections in the light of a changed situation, now marked by increases in the number of short-term missioners and increases in the numbers of Asians, Africans, and Latin Americans leaving their homelands to serve as missionaries to other peoples.
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.
Emmanuel Garibay, OMSC’s 2010–11 resident artist, is a Philippine painter known as much for his expressionist figurative style as for the content of many of his works, which often express a keen social and political consciousness. New from OMSC Publications. 72 pages.
(New from OMSC Publications. Available May 1, 2010) 96 pages
Soichi Watanabe, whose art was hailed by Christianity Today as “The Good News in Oil and Acrylic,”is a member of the Asian Christian Art Association and a native of Japan. His paintings have been displayed in numerous solo exhibitions, including “Prayer for Peace” at the Ein Karem Gallery, Tokyo, in 2006, and “The Prodigal Son Returns” at Yale University Institute of Sacred Music, in 2009. For the Least of These is a colorful rendition of his evocative creativity.
Hanna Cheriyan Varghese, Malaysia (new from OMSC Publications, 2009) 96 pages
Painting and drawing has been the great passion for as long as Hanna Cheriyan Varghese can remember. Presently Hanna, who is from Selangor, Malaysia, dyes batik cloth pictures and paints with acrylics. "This is my way of witnessing for Christ for the gift I have been blessed with," she says. Hanna was coordinator of the Malaysian Christian Artists Fellowship, and was a Committee Member of the Asian Christian Art Association (1998-2003). Her work has been featured by In God's Image, the journal of the Asian Women's Resource Center for Culture and Theology; IMAGE, publication of the Council of Churches of Malaysia News, as well as by the Christian Council of Asia News, The Upper Room, and Augsburg Fortress, and others.
Sawai Chinnawong, of Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, is known for portraying Christianity through a Thai graphic idiom. Sawai is an ethnic Mon whose Buddhist ancestors migrated to Thailand from Myanmar. His drawings and paintings, inspired by traditional art from central Thailand, reflect a deep Christian faith.
"I come from a land of rich, ancient, and diverse cultures and traditions. While I carry the enriching influences of both West and East, I express myself through an Asian and Christian consciousness with respect for all confessions of religious faith," says Nalini Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka. Her book offers richly diverse and evocative expressions of faith from an Asian perspective. Her reminisces are included.
"I paint what I can see, what I can touch, what I can feel—a utopia of love expressed in the reality of life. All of that inspires me in my artistic way," says Wisnu Sasongko, a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Art, Institut Seni Indonesia Yogyakarta. This book includes "All Dreams Connected," a 28-minute DVD about Sasongko and his art.
At a conference in Accra in July, 2010, where the subject of Christian-Muslim relations in Africa led to consideration of the Muslim tradition of faith and the public order, there was general recognition of the need to develop from the Christian side a statement on religious freedom and citizenship that would move the debate beyond the current stalemate.