Serving God Globally
Dominating the daily news cycle today are the grim realities of grinding poverty, sex trafficking, gender discrimination, child soldiering, HIV/AIDS, failed states, corruption, and environmental breakdown. In the midst of such pain and brokenness, the followers of Christ cannot stand...
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Dominating the daily news cycle today are the grim realities of grinding poverty, sex trafficking, gender discrimination, child soldiering, HIV/AIDS, failed states, corruption, and environmental breakdown. In the midst of such pain and brokenness, the followers of Christ cannot stand idly by, for God calls them into the mission of reconciling all things, first by easing suffering and then by building flourishing communities through the process of transformational human development. This practical handbook explains what development is, what development workers actually do, and how young people can prepare for mission careers in this field, both in North America and abroad. In addition to setting the big picture for how Christians approach the big questions of international development, the book draws on stories, advice, and wisdom collected from personal interviews with about fifty development professionals.
Roland Hoksbergen (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is professor of economics and international development at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he also serves as director of the International Development Studies program. His current research interests include the role of civil society in Third World development and strengthening partnership networks among non-government organizations. Hoksbergen has also worked for the Christian Reformed Church World Relief Committee.
- Introduction: God, You, And The World Out There<br>1. What To Do And Why: Four Contemporary Views On Development<br>2. For God So Loved The World: Insights On International Development From Four Christian Traditions<br>3. Common Ground: Basic Principles For Working In Development<br>4. How Many Niches Are There? An Overview Of The International Development Field . . . And Where North Americans Fit In<br>5. Becoming An Effective Foreigner: What Kinds Of People Are Needed In Development Work?<br>6. Finding Your Way: The College Years<br>7. The Early Years After College: Getting From Here To There<br>8. Into The Future<br>9. Resources For The Road<br>index