No Longer Strangers: Transforming Evangelism With Immigrant Communities
: What does evangelism look like at its best? Evangelism can hurt sometimes. Well-meaning Christians who welcome immigrants and refugees and share the gospel with them will often alienate the very people they are trying to serve through cultural...
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What does evangelism look like at its best?
Evangelism can hurt sometimes. Well-meaning Christians who welcome immigrants and refugees and share the gospel with them will often alienate the very people they are trying to serve through cultural misconceptions or insensitivity to their life experiences. In No Longer Strangers, diverse voices lay out a vision for a healthier evangelism that can honor the most vulnerable-many of whom have lived through trauma, oppression, persecution, and colonialism-while foregrounding gospel claims.
With perspectives from immigrants and refugees, and pastors and theologians (some of whom are immigrants themselves), this book offers guidance for every church, missional institution, and individual Christian in navigating the power dynamics embedded in differences of culture, race, and language. Every contributor wholeheartedly affirms the goodness and importance of evangelism as part of Christian discipleship while guiding the reader away from the kind of evangelism that hurts, toward the kind of evangelism that heals.
Ann Voskamp is the wife of a farmer, mama to seven, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Broken Way, The Greatest Gift, Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, and the sixty-week New York Times bestseller One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies and has been translated into more than twenty languages.
Named by Christianity Today as one of fifty women most shaping culture and the church today, Ann knows unspoken broken, big country skies, and an intimacy with God that touches tender places. Cofounder of ShowUpNow.com, Ann is a passionate advocate for the marginalized and oppressed around the globe, partnering with Mercy House Global, Compassion International, and artisans around the world through her fair trade community, Grace Crafted Home. She and her husband took a leap of faith to restore a 125-year-old stone church into The Village Table-a place where everyone has a seat and belongs. Join the journey at www.annvoskamp.com or instagram/annvoskamp.
Eugene Cho is the founder and visionary of One Day's Wages, a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. He is the founder and senior pastor of Quest Church, an urban, multicultural, and multigenerational church in Seattle, Washington. Eugene and his wife, Minhee, have three children.
Samira Izadi Page is the founder and Executive Director of Gateway of Grace Ministries. She was born and raised in Iran as a Muslim. After she and her family fled Iran and were granted political asylum in the U.S., Samira converted to Christianity. She earned her MDiv and doctorate from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She works cross-denominationally with pastors and mission leaders and moves local congregations into new mission and outreach efforts.
- :<p><b>table Of Contents</b></p><p>foreword&#160;<i>by Ann Voskamp</i><br /> Introduction,&#160;<i>rev. Eugene Cho And Rev. Dr. Samira Izadi Page</i><br /> 1. Evangelism And The Way Of The Cross,&#160;<i>dr. Andrew Bush</i><br /> 2. Evangelizing The Hurt And Trauma,&#160;<i>dr. Issam Smeir</i><br /> 3. Doing Evangelism As A Church,&#160;<i>pastor Laurie Beshore</i><br /> 4. Beyond Welcoming: Evangelism In Mutuality,&#160;<i>rev. Sandra Maria Van Opstal</i><br /> 5. Public Witness And Advocacy,&#160;<i>jenny Yang</i><br /> 6. Evangelism That Reconciles,&#160;<i>rev. Torli H. Krua</i><br /> 7. The Great Concern + The Great Commandment = The Great Commission,&#160;<i>pastor K. J. Hill</i><br /> 8. Evangelism That Heals,&#160;<i>rev. Dr. Samira Izadi Page</i></p>