World Missions

The Mediator - Volume IV Issue 1 October 2002

This issue of The Mediator explores the theme of communicating the gospel of hope in ways that are relevant to our world. We are confronted with this question: What hope can the gospel communicate to a world that is increasingly secular and pluralistic? The emptiness of post-modernism confronts not only North America and Europe but also many countries of the Asia-Pacific region. The creedal answers from the Church's great confessions of faith are not always sufficient to convince skeptical people that there is an almighty God who cares for them. To many, God is increasingly becoming irrelevant and old-fashioned; God (capital "G") has become a god (lower case "g"). For some, God is either so transcendent as to be unapproachable or so immanent as to be ineffective. For others, the idea of a personal "God" is naive and even offensive. Hope has become like truth, an elusive abstract that no one can grasp. The daily news does little to help grow hope but instead creates fear and uncertainty. How does the gospel answer an atmosphere of hopelessness? The 2001-05 quadrennial theme for the Church of the Nazarene is "Jesus the Hope ." As theologians of the church, what message of hope can we offer that will make a difference in a dying world? Hope cannot be found in anything in this world. Our hope as believers is anchored beyond this world—in Jesus Christ. Our hope is not placed in dogmatic claims of the church or theological suppositions about a transcendent God, but our hope is placed in a person who lived among us. Our hope is in a person who lived in this fallen world but who also proclaimed freedom for the prisoners, recovery of sight for the blind, and release to the oppressed (Luke 4:18). Our optimism in grace is tempered by a genuine concern for the world. Yet we find hope difficult because hope has a degree of uncertainty about it. Hope involves being dependent upon another, and we want to be independent We want the source of our hope to be within our control. Hope must be expressed in tangible ways. Our hope is not simply for a blessed afterlife but leads us to live a certain way in the present. It gives us joy in the midst of sorrow. It gives us victory in seeming defeat It gives us peace in the heat of battle.

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The Mediator - Volume VIII, Issue 1 April 2011

This volume of The Mediator is dedicated to broadly missiological interests. It represents only some of the research, thinking and emphasis of the Donald Owens School of World Mission, located on the campus of Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary. There are many other exciting areas that capture our attention today as well. Among these is the anti-human trafficking movement and our own Step-UP Program—an educational preventative program aimed especially at out-of-school youth. There is also the cutting edge Cyber-Mission emphasis represented by a recent Cyber-Cultural E-missions Consultation held under sponsorship of DOSWM that explored both how to utilize cyber space for missions, and cyber space as a mission field in itsown right. It was led by one of our own APNTS graduates, Professor Emil Kaburuan who is completing his Ph.D. dissertation in Taiwan. There are the developments of web-radio, which was demonstrated by two of our APNTS students,and web-tv. But these are all things for a future edition of The Mediator.This volume deals with other equally interesting aspects of missiology. The lead article is mine this time. It is an article dealing with the constant change inthe practice of missions. Change has alwaysbeen a factor in missions. The difference now is the rate and scope of change. We are living in a time when change ishappening much more rapidly due largely to technological advances; change oftencan have a world-wide impact. Think of the things like the social phenomenon of FACEBOOK, which infour short years has 500,000,000 users across the generational spectrum.Robert Bickert offers a very insightful article into the urban mix of Islam and Christianity. Thisarticle was urged to have been published quite some time ago, but it is our privilege now to be able to bring it to you in the pages of The Mediator. This is a case study conducted in Sierra Leone West Africa, but it has implications in many urban settings today. We trust you will find some enduring principles that may inform your own present or future ministries.Alexander Schipp is a 2000 graduate of Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary. He givesus a short case study based in the Philippine context. We appreciate his keen insights and observations. The twin concern of missions, and indeed Christian ministryin general, is both to exegete the gospel message welland to exegete the people with whom we minister at the same time.We are publishing a summary of Jarrett Davis’s thesis about social identity of a community of people in the Philippines who are part of a church plant. This is the first time we have published such a summary. We recommend this case study to you for its fine insights into the social dynamics of people in a Christian ministry setting related to church planting methodology.

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The Other Sheep, 1931-1932, Vol. 19

A monthly journal devoted to the Foreign Missionary interests of the Church of the Nazarene.

J.G. Morrison, D.D., Editor

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The Other Sheep 1934-1935, Vol. 22

THE OTHER SHEEP 1934-1935
A monthly journal devoted to the Foreign Missionary
interests o f the Church o f the Nazarene.
J. G. M orrison, D. D., Editor

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Africa, O Africa

Author, Editor, Compiler, etc.: 
Louise Robinson Chapman

A story of incredible resilience and passionate faith in a country not her own, Louise Robinson Chapman’s Africa, O Africa is a reminder that God calls and sends people who are willing to say ‘Yes’ to His will. This updated edition, by Chuck and Doris Gailey, retired missionaries to Africa, brings the reader the voice of Dr. Chapman, and picks up the story since the book was first released in 1945.

Advances in Bible Translation for the Deaf

Advances in Bible Translation for the Deaf

by Jay Charles Soper, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Mathematics and Science, MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU)

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Footprints in Africa

Author, Editor, Compiler, etc.: 
Louise Robinson Chapman

CONTENTS
Preface
Pronunciation Chart
01 -- Africa Travelogue
02 -- Swaziland Celebrates
03 -- God Comes To Camp Meeting
04 -- Greeting The European Nazarenes
05 -- A Cup Of Tea
06 -- Visiting Our Coloured Work
07 -- Introduction To Nyasaland
08 -- An Unforgettable View Of The Locations
09 -- A Look Here And There
10 -- Facing Tomorrow -- The Next Fifty

Touched by the Divine: The Story of Fairy Chism

Author, Editor, Compiler, etc.: 
Carol Gish

From the author:

"After Fairy agreed to tell me her story, characteristically she put everything she had into it. Day after day I sat and listened breathlessly as she relived again for me the days of her youth and the years of active service here and in Africa. As I listened, often with streaming eyes, she stressed over and over again the miraculous fact of God's touch upon her life."

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