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Revolution in World Missions: A Challenge…

Revolution in World Missions: A Challenge from the Heart (edição: 2001)

de K. P. Yohannan

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Young Yohannan had no idea what those words of surrender would mean for his life and for millions of others in his generation. Once an insecure 16-year-old, he became a missionary statesman who has impacted the world of missions and whose unbending message has touched hungry hearts on every continent. -- Amazon.… (mais)
Título:Revolution in World Missions: A Challenge from the Heart
Autores:K. P. Yohannan
Informação:GFA Books (2001), Edition: Edition Unstated, Paperback, 212 pages
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I can honestly say that I'm not sure if I love or hate this book.

K. P. Yohannan is founder of Gospel for Asia. In Revolution in World Missions, he shares both the story of his life and his vision for evangelizing the remaining unreached people groups of Asia, particularly in India. The book is well-written, making clear arguments with which the reader may or may not agree. One thing the reader cannot deny, though, is the unbridled passion that Yohannan has for missions, the Gospel, and the unreached peoples of the world.

Of all the strengths in this book, four stood above them all.

First, Yohannan makes a compelling biblical case for Americans to abandon their materialistic worldview and embrace an attitude of sacrifice for world missions. Yohannan pulls no punches when it comes to this subject. In fact, the call for Americans and other westerners to consider the plight of the underfunded mission field is woven in nearly every chapter. This theme is not uncommon today. Writers like Francis Chan and David Platt have sounded the same alarm; yet Yohannan does so in a way that, for whatever reason, was more impactful on my soul than Radical or Crazy Love. Yohannan writes with such raw emotion and his life is so notably a living example of sacrifice that it impacted me in a very real way. In fact, I had to set the book down for a while to sort of "catch my breath." The intensity of my emotions were overwhelming and I needed to step away and process some of what the Lord was doing in my heart.

Second, Revolution in World Missions puts the death nail in the coffin of the social gospel - which is no gospel at all! Yohannan demonstrates how the priority of missions should be the proclamation of the gospel, not social care of the impoverished. He shows how the social gospel has been ineffective in the task of evangelizing Asia. He correctly notes that social ministry can be a great tool to proclaim the gospel, but also notes how in most social gospel outreaches, the primary aim is social ministry and the proclamation of the gospel often gets lost in the shuffle.

Third, Revolution in World Missions records Yohannan's understanding of the primacy of the church in discipling new believers and preserving fruit. Early on in his ministry he was an itinerant preacher who would return to villages only to discover that those who had converted were no longer following Christ. The Lord helped him realize that establishing churches was the secret to preserving the fruit of the ministry.

Fourth, Yohannan takes a bold stance against the word of faith movement and its off-shoot, the prosperity gospel. The church planters in Gospel for Asia live below the poverty line with those they are reaching. They see this as a sign of apostolic faithfulness. They sacrificial spirit inspires me!

There are some parts of Revolution in World Missions that concern me as well. For example, K. P. Yohannan often cites times in his life where he is mystically led. I have experienced the leading of the Holy Spirit in my own life, but I am frankly weary of people playing the "God Card." So many times I see people moving in ways that are either explicitly contrary to Scripture or, at least, contrary to the Spirit of Christ, because they are "mystically led." To be honest, I don't see any evidence of Yohannan following the Holy Spirit in an unscriptural way. My fear is that those who fly more fast and loose will view his testimony as empowering them to continue to be crass and unruly as "the Spirit leads them." Another weakness is his seeming disdain for denominational distinctive. I personally think that they only way to do away with denominational distinctives is to become unthinking. I don't think Yohannan would say that; I just don't see any emphasis on doctrine in this book. Finally, I wish he had more updated statistics in this book. Most of them are more than a decade old. I think if the statistics were updates that the book would be even more punchy towards the fat American church.

Overall, this is a book that should be read. Think as you read it. Feel free to agree or disagree with Yohannan. I did.

But if his goal was to make me think about how to live more sacrificially on mission for Christ, he did it!

FINALLY, I have a dear friend named Xiaoyun who was adopted from China. I call her by her American name, Evelyn. Evelyn came to America days before she "timed out" and became ineligible for adoption. Today she is a spunky, hilarious American teen. I just recently found out that she had partnered with Gospel for Asia to raise money for a program they do to spread the Gospel. They provide a family with chickens to raise if the family will listen to a Gospel presentation. One Gospel presentation costs about $11. Evelyn has raised nearly $47,000!!!!! If you want to know more about her fund raising for GFA, click here - https://www.mygfa.org/chicksforchildren/

I want to encourage you to think about how you could sacrifice for the Gospel. Maybe you would start right now and click on Evelyn's page. I believe your contribution will be used effectively to minister throughout Asia! ( )
  RobSumrall | May 14, 2016 |
This nonfiction book led me into the world of missionaries. There is so much I didn't know. I wasn't aware that since the World Wars the life of missionaries out in the field as changed drastically. It seems the Western world's desire to see people fed, hospitalized and given other social programs has taken the focus off the true purpose of the church. The purpose of the church is to preach the Gospel, Acts 26:18. However, the question that deserves answering more than ever before is what should the missionary do first? Should he preach the Gospel first and not worry about the social problems faced, for example, by the Asians, or should the missionary concern himself or herself with the social problems first? What comes first? The chicken? The egg? That is the question.

K. P. Yohannan creatively makes it imperative to look at both sides of the question. According to K.P. Yohannan in Revolution In World Missions, the question deserve answers immediately or people across the seas will lose their souls to fire and brimstone. According to the author, the Holy Bible has more scriptures on Hell fire and judgement than there are about God's loving Kindness. It seems that the Western world, so prosperous and unwilling to face discomfort in any way have become soft when dealing with the Asians or the unsaved overseas. Western missionaries, most, no longer, if they ever did, choose to preach the Gospel first before finding a way to heal Malaria or give clean water.

The author in no way forces his truth upon the reader. It is clearly stated the Gospel must be preached first with, preferably, a person who is similar in ethnicity to, in this instance, the Asian. The book is very clear and written in a wonderful style. In the end, an individual must make a choice about the Gospel being preached first or schools being built first.

There are many personal anecdotes and photographs in Revolution In World Missions. The book proves this is a world of change even on the mission field. www.gfa.org
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2 vote Tea58 | Mar 27, 2014 |
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  journeyguy | Apr 2, 2013 |
Step into the story and experience the world of a missionary through the eyes of author Dr. K.P. Yohannan. This book is a truly life altering, life changing story that will stir and renew your passion for Christ.
  OCMCCP | Jan 21, 2013 |
This is revolutionary thinking in regards to missionary work.A must read for anyone interested in the missionary field either as a missionary or one who supports missions.This book changed my perspective on missions that I had held my entire life! ( )
  DaleCogdell | Dec 1, 2012 |
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Yohannan, K. P.Autorautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
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This book is dedicated to George Verwer, founder and former international director of Operation Mobilization, whom the Lord used to call me into the ministry and whose life and example have influenced me more than any other single individual's.
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