Journey to Joy by Marie Ens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a good autobiography of a long-term missionary.
The book ends at 1994, but at 78 years old Marie Ens is still serving God in Cambodia today (which means she has been a missionary for somewhere around 50 years).
The theme of the book is that God will always take care of His children even in the smallest of details and in the most difficult of circumstances.
This book has been an inspiration to me as my wife and I are just getting started in our work.
If you can get a copy, read it.
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Check out this video presentation put together by Victory Churches International which talks about our school opening on October 8…
Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just by Timothy Keller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a good introductory book on the issue of Christians working with the poor. There is a lot of theology and theory.
I recommend it to any Christian leader who is not already working with the poor, or who wonders if he/she should continue working with the poor. Tim Keller makes very good arguments how Christians are commanded to work with the poor. This kind of work isn’t just for a select group of Christians, it’s for all.
If you are already working with the poor and you don’t need any more convincing and you’re hoping to find some practical advice on how to do the work you won’t find much of that in this book. There is a chapter on how to do the work but it is very general.
Overall it is an interesting book and delivers some strong arguments. If you already listen to much of Tim Keller’s preaching you will find this book is a summary of the message that threads through so much of his preaching.
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Click here to read a previous article I wrote about this book.
1) “7 Weeks in Asia” will be visiting us in August. We’ll put them to work at our school, and in the slums areas.
June 29, 2012 from conmedal on Vimeo.
2) A new church will be launched here in Poipet on July 1. This will be a non-denominational church launched by Charles McCaul. Although Charles is not moving to Poipet, he will be visiting regularly to get things started. The purpose of this new church plant is to create a strong life-giving church here in Poipet, to strengthen existing churches, and to be a launching point for new churches in this city. My wife and I fully support the planting of this new church.
3) The “I Love Poipet City” campaign continues and is gaining momentum. Christian leaders are receiving good Biblical training at these monthly meetings.
Here’s a short, simple video I made for my webpage’s home page. I still have a lot to learn about video making, but it’s pretty cool what you can do with a simple camcorder and Windows Movie Maker.