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Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 1:03 AM

Book Review: Revolution in World Missions

Book Review: Revolution in World Missions by K.P. Yohannan

I'll be honest, I'm usually kind of cynical toward mission organizations. I find that many of them have an unbiblical view of sin, an unbiblical view of man, an emphasis upon social work rather than the Gospel, on conversion rather than discipleship, and so on. I'm glad I read this book.

Revolution in World Missions accurately criticized all of these views while at the same time laying down a solid theological grounding for why Gospel for Asia does missions the way they do. I found the arguments compelling and convicting.

K. P. Yohannan is the founder and director of Gospel for Asia, a missions organization dedicated to training and funding native missionaries (more on what that is later). This book was written to call Christians, specifically Western Christians to repentance and encourage them to support native missionaries.

Beginning with K.P.'s personal story of a call to be a pastor and transition into a focus into missions, the author writes in an easy to read way. The book isn't a systematic theology by any means, but it is clear that the author knows Scripture well, referencing and supporting important topics with Scripture (and personal stories).

It asked Western Christians to take a hard look on where their money is going. Do we live like this world is all we've got, or do we seek to store up our treasures in heaven? Our TVs, clothing, computers, programming, books... the list goes on and on and with each chapter I was drawn in further, forced to take a hard look at the way I lived and spent my money.

It also presented a compelling argument for supporting “native missionaries,” missionaries from the target country, trained to go from village to village proclaiming the Gospel. The benefits were many. Cheaper cost (since the native missionaries typically lived just like other villagers, without need of extras flown in), more common ground, didn't carry the Western imperialism stigma that many Western Missionaries may carry, no need for additional training to reach the culture, and so forth.

Finally, and this was an excellent point, K.P. rebuked the Western church for demanding “accountability”of native missionaries, accountability that was never asked for of Western missionaries.

“The problem, is not a matter of accountability but one of prejudice, mistrust, and feelings of superiority. These are the issues that hinder love and support for our brothers in the Two-Thirds World who are working to win their own people to Christ.”

You really have to read the whole thing in order to understand his argument better, but it was convicting and compelling. This was a mission organization that I can (and will, Lord willing!) support.

If you want a free copy of the book to check for yourself, they'll ship you a copy completely free. Read it.

My recommendation: Borrow it


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