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Literature and Mission

Author: Dan
Date: 17.03.2010
Category: Scripture Engagement

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Christian literature still plays important role in mission work. I learned through one of ministries in Asia. This ministry team goes to remote islands for outreach. They hold meetings and show Gospel films. They feed children with hot meals. New converts are baptised and discipled. During this process, literature (Gospel tracts, devotional, discipleship literature and Bible) is needed. When we started working with this ministry, first thing they asked was ’literature’. That was priority one. - and still is.

Christian leaders/workers need basic ministry literature, especially in restricted regions. They do not have much access to Christian literature. One Christian worker needed basic training material. Because of government restrictions, we had difficulty to send.  Basic literature is very precious to Chrsitian workers in many places around the world.

 * About distribution of Bible/Scripture.-- some time ago, I read criticism from a mission leader about giving just a portion of New testament.  He emphasized that we need to give the whole Bible.  Giving a Bible is good.  But giving Gospel/Evangel should come first. -Also foundational teaching of Christian faith.

Keywords: Scripture/Bible, literature, mission

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Reply Flag 1 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Rosemary_Grier (2)
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Thank you for introducing this topic. To supplement your post, I would add there is a need for literature which fits with each culture. The best books for some topic in one language may not be the best translated into another language: culture is communicated by use of illustrations, assumptions of belief or background, and even writing style. (Contrast US and British English style; or European and African French.) So in providing literature, we must look to the long term inspiring, teaching and training of local writers, rather than only the short-term distribution / translation of ’one size fits all’ books and resources.


18.03.2010
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@ Rosemary_Grier: Rosemary, thanks for your comments.
25.03.2010
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Reply Flag 1 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down lyeasley (3)
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Correction to earlier post--It’s MTI, not EMI


20.03.2010
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Reply Flag -1 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down lyeasley (3)
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A good resource for this topic is EMI, a magazine training institute that particularly focuses on places where publishing Christian literature is sorely needed. I will try to find a link and post it here.


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@ lyeasley: The actual name is Magazine Training Institute and their link is http://www.magazinetraining.com

So, it’s MTI.

18.03.2010

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