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Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term MissionsMack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions
J. Mack, Leeann Stiles
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How can you and your team prepare for a short-term missions trip? These veteran leaders of trips all over the globe share field-tested advice nobody should go without. You'll find practical tips, hard-won lessons, and hilarious stories about learning to trust God, your hosts, and yourself; growing a servant spirit; dealing with re-entry; and more. 192 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.

Conflict Mediation Across Cultures: Pathways & PatternsConflict Mediation Across Cultures: Pathways & Patterns
David W. Augsburger
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Augsburger boldly suggests that we can even reach the point of enjoying differences once we learn how to understand the cultural, psychological and social background from which these emerge. Oh yes, the spiritual and religious issues are also a vital part of the total scenario which produces conflict.

The Urban Face of Mission: Ministering the Gospel in a Diverse and Changing WorldThe Urban Face of Mission: Ministering the Gospel in a Diverse and Changing World
Harvie M. Conn
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How do we take appropriate account of where and when we are without compromising the "old, old story of Jesus and his love"? Harvie Conn pressed these questions while teaching missions for twenty-six years, and this volume, written by former colleagues in his honor, does the same. Contributing chapters are Paul Hiebert, Raymond Bakke, Roger Greenway, Samuel Escobar, Charles Kraft, William Dyrness, and others. The volume begins with a previously unpublished essay by Conn on missions and theology.

Short-Term Missions WorkbookShort-Term Missions Workbook
Tim A. Dearborn
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Offer your congregation life- and faith-transforming experiences through global ministry. Eight orientation sessions prepare individuals and teams by instilling a biblical perspective of the world and increasing cross-cultural understanding. After your mission trip, two follow-up meetings help with "re-entry" adjustments. Dearborn's practical handbook features activities, reflection/discussion questions, suggestions for additional reading, and leader's guide. 126 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.

Cross-Cultural Connections: Stepping Out & Fitting In Around the WorldCross-Cultural Connections: Stepping Out & Fitting In Around the World
Duane Elmer
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Don't leave home without it! Whether you're embarking on a short-term missions trip, traveling for business, or just vacationing, you'll inevitably face social contrasts and different ways of thinking. Filled with real-life illustrations and practical exercises, Elmer's expert guidance helps you communicate effectively, avoid cultural faux pas, establish trust, and truly become an ambassador for Christ. 200 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.

Teaching Cross-Culturally: An Incarnational Model for Learning and TeachingTeaching Cross-Culturally: An Incarnational Model for Learning and Teaching
Judith E. Lingenfelter, Sherwood G. Lingenfelter
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This book is designed to complement Sherwood Lingenfelter's highly succesful Ministering Cross Culturally. It takes similar insights and applies them specifically to an educational setting. It also guides readers with little understanding of cross-cultural challenges in ministry and helps them see how cultural sensitivity and effective teaching are inseperably linked. Chapters include discussions about how to uncover cultural biases, how to address intelligence and learning styles, and teaching for biblical transformation. It is ideal for the western-trained educator who plans to work in a non-western setting.

Missionaries, "tentmakers", and those who teach in an increasingly multicultural North America will find this book helpful.

Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike HumilityCross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike Humility
Duane Elmer
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Duane Elmer asked people around the world how they felt about Western missionaries. The response? "Missionaries could be more effective if they did not think they were better than us." The last thing we want to do in cross-cultural ministry is to offend people in other cultures. Unfortunately, all too often and even though we don't mean it, our actions communicate superiority, paternalism, imperialism and arrogance. Our best intentions become unintentional insults. How can we minister in ways that are received as true Christlike service?

Cross-Cultural Conflict: Building Relationships for  Effective MinistryCross-Cultural Conflict: Building Relationships for Effective Ministry
Duane Elmer
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With a particular focus on Asian and Hispanic cultures (at home and around the world) and on African culture, Duane Elmer walks readers through various types of conflict and shows how they can be handled effectively and appropriately. Elmer gives numerous stories and examples from his experience and from others' to show how handling conflict well builds solid relationships. With an eye out for biblical principles, he looks at a variety of sticky questions in Scripture. This is a book not just of theory but of practical models for conflict resolution.

Anthropology for Christian WitnessAnthropology for Christian Witness
Charles H. Kraft
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This book is a thorough, basic introduction to the study of anthropology for those who plan careers in mission or cross-cultural ministry. This new work of Charles H. Kraft, represents the synthesis of a lifetime of teaching and study. Kraft treats the very basics, including theories of culture and society; an assessment of the various anthropological schools; kinship and family structure, and communication of culture, and discusses these things in relation to Christian values.

Missions Trip Prep Kit Leader's GuideMissions Trip Prep Kit Leader's Guide
Kevin Johnson
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Headed to inner-city America? Appalachia? A border shantytown? Overseas? Wherever your destination, the Mission Trip Prep Kit contains all you need to prepare your students for an unforgettable cross-cultural experience - and tools to debrief them after they've returned to their worlds.

In this leader's guide, you'll receive not only the rationale, the how, and the logistics of planning and pulling off a missions trip, but, four pre-trip teaching sessions that will help your students:

  • Assess their expectations, their fears, their motivations
  • Adjust their perceptions of the culture they'll be working in
  • Improve their emotional and spiritual stamina for living for a week or a month in a very different world from their own
  • Practice the skills and attitudes (teamwork, servanthood, Christ-centeredness) they'll need for a missions trip
And to make sure your trip's goals are accomplished and the benefits stick around for the long haul, you'll also receive two post-trip sessions that will help you debrief your students, ease them back into their own worlds, celebrate with them, and make missions and ministry part of their everyday lives with Jesus.

What's more, in these pre- and post-trip teaching sessions are a variety of activities, processing points, creative prayer ideas, take-home applications, Bible studies relevant to missions trips, talk outlines that both instruct and inspire, and lots of sessions options you can tailor to your own high schoolers or middle schoolers.

Worship Across CulturesWorship Across Cultures
Kathy Black
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This book is a uniquely valuable resource whether for pastors who regularly lead Christian worship in cultural contexts beyond their own, or for persons visiting worship in another context to attend a marriage or a funeral. By approaching the study of worship through description of actual practices, it will inspire cross-cultural sensitivity, as well as providing food for thought and new ideas for worship.

Counseling Families Across the Stages of Life: A Handbook for Pastors and Other Helpling ProfessionalsCounseling Families Across the Stages of Life: A Handbook for Pastors and Other Helpling Professionals
Andrew J. Weaver, Linda A. Revilla, Harold G. Koenig M.D.
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This case-study book which will be used both as a resource for clergy and other pastoral workers and for those in training in those fields. The case studies translate technical material into real-life situations while highlighting practical implications for pastors. The authors provide readers with treatment options, referral procedures within the context of the religious community and beyond, and additional national, self-help, and cross- cultural resources, emphasizing those available on the internet.
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Persecution in the News

India Christians
Forced to Flee

In India's West Bengal state, local Christians and missionaries faced death threats for their faith, according to Mission News Network. Fourteen members of a Gospel for Asia church were severely beaten and forced to leave their homes on July 10 [2008], after being accused of forcing conversions and bringing an illness on the village. The mob threatened to kill the believers if they remained in the village. Village leader Negesh Rai brought the matter to the attention of local police, which led to calls for his resignation by protesting villagers. On July 16, the believers were removed to a different area for safety.

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