CURRICULUM: Exile Night

Source: Voice of the Martyrs

Exile Night is an opportunity for churches, youth groups, and student groups to identify with their persecuted family members in a tangible way, experiencing a small piece of what displaced believers face every day. Participants will eat what they eat, sleep how they sleep, and be inspired that faith in Christ is what matters—even when it costs everything.

Exile Night is an overnight event that can be done indoors or outdoors. Whether inside or outside, the goal of Exile Night is for attendees to gain an understanding of what Christian refugees experience, to be encouraged by their faith in Christ, and to stand with their persecuted family in a practical way.

» Learn more or get suggestions and materials, most of them free.

» See also Voice of the Martyrs’ review of an interesting new book, They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East, by Mindy Belz.

PRAYER GUIDE: 30 Days of Praying Through the Neighborhood

Source: Nav Neighbors

In a recent letter home, some friends serving in the Muslim world not only invited readers to pray for Muslim friends and Muslims around the planet (as we do each time Ramadan rolls around) but also offered a helpful 30-day prayerwalking guide we can use as we seek to be Christ’s ambassadors close to home, no matter who our neighbors are.

Prayerwalking, as my friends wrote, is a great way “to pray and engage with the community where God has placed you and to gain a sense for why he might have you just where you are (see Acts 17:26-27).”

» Download Thirty Days of Praying through the Neighborhood (four-page PDF). You might also want to learn more about the folks who put it together, the Nav Neighbors ministry.

BOOKS: Serving God in a Migrant Crisis

Source: GMI Books

Serving God in a Migrant Crisis: Ministry to People on the Move, by Patrick Johnstone with Dean Merrill. GMI Books, 2016. 121 pages.

“Our world is full of war, poverty, terrorism, corruption, failed states, and ecological disasters, all of which uproot people and send them searching for a better life,” write Johnstone and Merrill. “I have news for you. It’s going to get worse before it gets better.”

This brief but informative and compelling book puts today’s migrant crisis in perspective, describing its causes, effects, complexities, and implications for the global church. Each chapter concludes with thoughtful questions for readers to ask themselves. Several chapters explore what individuals, local churches, Christian agencies, and the global body of Christ can do.

Both readable and well-documented, this book also surveys relevant biblical passages and principles. It does a good job steering clear of preaching or self-righteousness. It also points to helpful resources. Though more could be said about any of the topics covered, sometimes brevity is best. This book feels balanced and up to date. It might make a good study for your small group.

Note that this is second in a series of books by Johnstone and Merrill on challenges facing the global church. The first is Serving God in Today’s Cities: Facing the Challenge of Urbanization.

» Learn more or buy the book from Amazon (or elsewhere); US$9.99 for the Kindle edition, US$14.99 for the paperback.

» See also two other recent publication from GMI Books designed to inform decisions and communication efforts: Our Anchor in a World Adrift: 7 Stats You Need to Know to Serve the King and Missiographics 2.0: Visualizing the Great Commission.

BOOKS: Compassion, Transitions, and a Story of Answered Prayer

Sources: Various

We don’t have time or space to write at length about all the new books suggested (and sometimes sent to us) for resource reviews, but here are glimpses of a few recent reads you might want to check out:

Compassion and the Mission of God, by Ruben Das. The author, a professor on several seminary faculties, traces God’s compassion as revealed in the Old and New Testament and as understood and expressed by the early church. It provides a biblical and theological foundation for ministries of social justice, relief, development, and compassion.

Looming Transitions: Starting and Finishing Well in Cross-Cultural Service, by Amy Young. A respected authority on missionary care calls this self-published book a “must-read” guide and says, “Give one to every missionary you know!” I found the quality a bit uneven, but it does address an important gap with much wisdom and stories of personal experience.

The Prayers of Many: The Story of a Church on Mission, by D.G. Wynn. The author demonstrates how God answered the concerted prayers of those in one Colorado church (and others) and worked through their missionaries and partners to see his kingdom established in a remote (but unnamed) Muslim context.

EVENTS: Conference, Training, and More

July

July 3-13, Refresh! (Grenoble, France). Retreat for cross-cultural workers. Provided by Heartstream Resources.

July 3-22, Manarah (Detroit, MI, USA). Muslim evangelism training provided by Christar.

July 4 to November 6, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Course (online). Provided by the Perspectives Study Program.

July 10-15, ABIDE (Joplin, MO, USA). Re-entry and debriefing for singles, couples, and families provided by TRAIN International.

July 11-22, Engaging Islam (Boulder, CO, USA). Evangelism and discipleship training course provided by Horizons International (two one-week intensives).

July 12, Special Episode: Is It Time to Rethink the Native Missionary Model? (online). Free, web-based, interactive conversation from The Mission Table.

July 12-15, Thrive Retreat (Beaver Creek, CO, USA). For North American women serving cross-culturally.

July 16, Global Prayer Journey (various locations). Walk, run, and cycle through the world’s forgotten neighborhoods and pray; also a fundraiser. Organized by MoveIn.

July 16-18, Perspectives National Gathering (Timonium, MD, USA).

July 16-22, ReBoot Reentry Program (Kitchener, ON, Canada). For returning missionary kids, ages 17-20, transitioning to life in Canada.

July 20-22, Refugee Highway Partnership North American Roundtable (Toronto, ON, Canada).

July 23-30, New Wilmington Mission Conference (Western Pennsylvania, USA). Annual, week-long multi-generational mission conference; a tradition for more than 100 years.

August

August 1 to December 4, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Course (online). Provided by the Perspectives Study Program. (Another class starts August 15.)

August 6-12, ReBoot Reentry Program (Calgary, AB, Canada). For returning missionary kids, ages 17-20, transitioning to life in Canada.

August 27, Bridges Seminar (Oklahoma City, OK, USA). Building bridges to reach Muslims. Provided by Crescent Project.

August 29-30, Support Raising Bootcamp (Rogers, AR, USA). Provided by Support Raising Solutions.

» View the calendar or submit an addition or correction.

Resource Reviews

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Watch an inspiring video, Restoring Dignity through Business: Dignity Coconuts’ Story. For more videos, resources, and case studies, see Business as Mission.

In This Issue:

  • EVENT: Business as Mission Conference
  • CURRICULUM: Sunday School with Kate and Mack
  • BOOK: Of Strangers and Enemies—A Pathway to Peace for Jews, Christians, and Muslims
  • EVENTS: Upcoming Conferences, Training, and More

Greetings!

This edition of Resource Reviews highlights a number of events coming up in the fall related to BAM, the movement to integrate business and ministry. You’ll find two free webinars on the topic on the events calendar as well.

It’s also worth mentioning a new book about ministry and work. It’s called Scatter: Go Therefore and Take Your Job With You, by Andrew Scott, President and CEO of OM USA. I haven’t read it yet, but am seeing others recommend it and would love to hear what you think about its strengths and weaknesses, uses and limits. Thanks! See also A Better Way: Make Disciples Wherever Life Happens by Dale Losch of Crossworld. Ari Rocklin of Global Opportunities says of Losch’s book, “If there was a required reading book for all tentmakers, this would be it.”

Whether you serve in the marketplace, the ministry, or the mission field—or find such distinctions distracting—may the Lord bless you and make you a blessing wherever he may send you.

Marti Wade
Managing Editor

EVENT: Business as Mission Conference

Source: BAM Training

The BAM (Business as Mission) Conference is a three-day event designed to give you a taste of what is happening around the world in business as mission. Key leaders, practitioners, and academics will come from around the world to share their insights into how God is using business to advance his Kingdom. See how the movement is gaining momentum as God inspires each of us to use the work and talents he has given us to spread the gospel to all peoples. This is the fifth conference held in the USA by BAM Training, which has served the BAM movement for 14 years and founded businessasmission.com and BAM Global.

When: September 16-18, 2016
Where: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Who should go: Anyone interested in BAM (reduced rates for students!)

» Learn more. For resources and case studies, see Business as Mission. A good place to start? The Ten Characteristics of a BAMer (infographic).

» Other upcoming events in the US for people interested in business ministries include an Entrepreneurial Readiness Workshop from the Navigators’ Global Enterprise Network (September 30 to October 1 in Colorado Springs, CO), the annual Open B4T Expo (October 13-15 in Chicago, IL), and Global Opportunities’ GO Equippped! tentmaking course (October 26-30 in Fort Myers, FL).

CURRICULUM: Sunday School with Kate and Mack

Source: Wycliffe Bible Translators USA

Want to teach kids about missions in your Sunday school class?

Sunday School with Kate & Mack is a free, five-week lesson plan that travels around the world with Kate—a Wycliffe missionary kid—and her best friend, Mack. Beginning with the concept that the Bible is an adventure book, these lessons take your kids to a different country and language group each Sunday. They’ll learn about God’s amazing love for each one of us and how he wants everyone to hear about that love through the Bible in their own language.

» Download the first lesson and sign up to receive the complete series.

» Looking for things to keep your kids busy this weekend or this summer? Check out lots of free, downloadable resources from Wycliffe to teach kids about countries, languages, cultures, and more, including Summer Around the World with Kate and Mack.

BOOK: Of Strangers & Enemies: A Pathway to Peace for Jews, Christians, and Muslims

Source: Frienemies Books

Of Strangers & Enemies: A Pathway to Peace for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, by J. Robert Eagan. Frienemies Books, 2016. 206 pages.

Of Strangers & Enemies explores what we can do in our daily lives to break down the divisions between Jews, Christians, and Muslims. History and Scripture, personal stories, and conversations illustrate what it is that creates these divisions, how to identify them within ourselves, and how to overcome them.

Much of this thoughtful book is composed of a survey of what the texts and traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam each have to say about their followers’ interactions with neighbors, strangers, and enemies. The author calls us to imagine what it would look like if we all lived according to the best our religions have to offer.

Writing to Christians, Eagan proposes we pursue peace through “dialogical friendships”: not merely tolerating differences as if they do not matter but engaging one another in relationship that seek understanding and peace in our multi-faith world. The author shares his own journey and present struggles as well as making helpful suggestions for ways to connect across religious lines.

This book is self-published and has some ambitious goals; the results are a bit uneven. And some might find find its call to peace rather than evangelism a kind of falling short. If, however, you are up for reconsidering your own response to Muslim neighbors (or interested in strategies to see Muslims as neighbors instead of strangers or enemies), this book might be a great choice for you. A good read for Ramadan, which is just around the corner.

» Learn more or purchase from Amazon for US$8.99 (Kindle) or US$12.99 (paperback). See also the author’s website and check out his blog and podcast. Among other things, Eagan is cofounder of SE7EN FAST, a national event designed to get non-Muslims and Muslims in the same room to break bread together in the name of peace. See, for example, a recent article on how to host an interfaith iftar (fast-breaking) party (partnering with a ministry called Shoulder to Shoulder).