Endorsements

What others are saying about Where There Was No Church

Where There Was No Church helps us to understand new movements of people who may want to follow Christ if they understood Jesus and the Gospel in a new way.  I commend these fantastic stories to you; they come from people who are not just theorists but also practitioners. May this book equip us to share Christ meaningfully in the modern world.

– Dr. K. Rajendran, General Secretary, India Missions Association and Chairman, World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission, India

Across the Muslim world, the Holy Spirit is quietly but powerfully writing a story of people coming to love and follow Jesus.  This book tells something of that story. It calls us to pray believingly, to reach out in love and to witness wisely. Let’s dare to join in the Spirit’s story!

– Mrs. Rose Dowsett, Vice-Chair, World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission, Scotland

I have used Where There Was No Church in a small group setting to encourage creative ways to think about mission. Each person, no matter what their background or previous experience with cross-cultural ministry, could identify in some way with the stories.  The book caused each of us to stop, think and pray for those who do not have the same freedoms as we do, and encouraged us to reexamine how we see and do church in our own context.

– Rev. Lanny Arensen, International Director, AIM, England

With its compelling narratives illustrating solid research, this book doesn’t attempt to give you all the answers, but it could well help you ask the right questions.

– Dr. David Greenlee, PhD, International Research Associate, OM, Switzerland

Who doesn’t want to be fruitful?  Jesus said, “By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.” (John 15:8, NASV).  Everyone who seeks to glorify God wants to bear fruit, but many faithfully serve and see little fruit. Where There Was No Church is a training manual that brings together stories of fruitfulness from those serving in some pretty tough places.  Listen to their testimonies and discover how God is working; then, survey the descriptive list of fruitful practices that provide proven principles gleaned from fruitful practitioners.  I use Where There Was No Church with IMB workers as they prepare for ministry among unreached people groups.

– Dr. Jim Haney, Director, Global Research IMB, USA

This book brings together great stories of God at work in the Muslim world. As you read it, you will grow in expectancy, learning more of how to partner in what God is doing. I am certain that Where There Was No Church will help us to find a path to fruitful ministry among Muslims.

– Mark Kim, International Director, Global Operation, Korea

Church has historically been done in a doctrinal and political way, leading to denominations. But when it comes from stories like these, of the gospel moving in new areas like Islam, church is dynamic, reflecting the words of its founder: “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”

– David Bok, Bible teacher and cross-cultural facilitator who relates to Muslims through inter-religious dialogue, Southeast Asia.

Do you want to understand what principles are bearing fruit in pioneer church planting among Muslims? Where There Was No Church is a very helpful tool for Great Commission Christians who want to discover how we can be “workers together with God.” You will learn how to analyse a ministry and better think through principles. You will also rejoice as you read about places where there are no Muslims who are “obedient to the faith.” Highly recommended to those who love God with their minds as well as their hearts.

– Dr. Greg Livingstone, Founder, Frontiers, England

Is it really possible to see reproducing groups of Jesus’s disciples among Muslims?  Are there theologically sound and innovative principles which any self-sacrificing Jesus-follower can apply so that many Muslims can become his disciples reaching their own people without having to become “Western”?  Yes!  These exciting and sometimes heart-wrenching stories of God’s amazing work among Muslims deal with these and other possibilities.  Don’t miss it!

– Dr. Kent Parks, CEO of Mission to Unreached Peoples, and Co-Facilitator, Ethne, who served among Southeast Asian Muslims for 20 years

Reviews

“If you want to learn how the Father is at work among Muslims, and how you can better cooperate with Him, check out this newly released book.”
http://www.brigada.org/2010/11/28_5909

“This is a great little book.”

http://www.oscar.org.uk/oscaractive/reviews/wtwnc.htm