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What's New Archives - 2002

Here's What's New for the Week of September 9, 2002!
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Cumbre is a five-year initiative to reach Hispanic people for Christ in North America. Hispanic pastors and community leaders from the United States (including Puerto Rico), Canada, and Mexico kicked off the initiative by gathering recently to pray, and brainstorm, network and dream about how to mobilize Hispanic believers in the pew to reach out to their communities. Cumbre is planning follow-up conferences in 2004 and 2006.

One of the sponsors of Cumbre is A.M.E.N. (Alianza de Ministerios Evangelicos Nacionales), a multidenominational association of evangelical leaders (clergy and lay) from the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Week of August 26, 2002

Cultural Change and Your Church:
Helping Your Church Thrive in a Diverse Society

by Michael Pocock and Joseph Henriques
Baker Book House, April 2002

I haven't read this book yet, but plan to, based on the publisher's description: "Michael Pocock and Joseph Henriques consider the Bible's examples and teaching related to diversity, introduce several churches currently modeling cross-cultural ministry, and suggest hands-on ways for church leaders to encourage change and proactive thinking."

Foreign to Familiar:
A Guide to Understanding Hot - And Cold - Climate Cultures

by Sarah A. Lanier
McDougal Publishing, November 2000

This is a great book by an author who has served with YWAM since 1980, serving in various countries around the world.

"Sarah Lanier has captured the keys to understanding our own -- and others' -- ways of doing and saying things. I guarantee that if you follow the principles in this book that the boundaries of your worldview will expand, and you will begin to comprehend your own cultural ways in the process. This book is a quick read and a must read in today’s world where "cross-cultural" may simply mean "across the street" where you live." --
Peter Jordan
Author of Re-Entry

Week of August 11, 2002

Thru the Bible, the classic five-year radio Bible study with Dr. J. Vernon McGee, is broadcast daily on the internet in 23 languages!
Arabic Hebrew Polish
Cantonese Hindi Portuguese (Brazilian)
English Italian Romanian
Farsi Japanese Russian
Finnish Korean Spanish
French Mandarin Swedish
German Norwegian Turkish

Week of July 22, 2002

This week I found several books written by and for African-American Christians. Other related books, including an African-American hymnal and books on reconciliation, can be found at our page of Gospel Resources for African-Americans.
Women of Color Study Bible
King James Version

World Bible Pub Co, 1999

One reader writes, "This outstanding bible opened my eyes to how the Bible really relates to me, an African American woman."
Children of Color Storybook Bible:
Contemporary English

by Victor Hogan (Illustrator)
Children of Color Publishing Company, September 1997

Children of Color Publishing develops Bible products that help to build the self-esteem of young people of African descent.
Holy Bible
Illustrated Especially for Children of Color

World Bible Pub Co, 1998
Colors Come from God Just Like Me
by Carolyn A. Forche
Abingdon Press, 1996

Week of June 24, 2002

An excellent site sharing the Good News with Muslims is Who is Isa al Masih?. The site includes information in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Indonesian.

Week of June 17, 2002

Building Credible Multicultural Teams
by Lianne Roembke

This book explores the unique advantages and challenges of missionary teams composed of people from more than one culture. Written by a missionary with more than 25 years of experience, the book combines research, personal insights and practical tips. NEW from the William Carey Library.

Making Your Partnership Work:
A Guide for Ministry Leaders

by Daniel Rickett

What does it take to build a successful cross-cultural ministry partnership? Daniel Rickett reflected on 20 years of experience and found the essential components to be a blend of vision, relationship, and results. In "Making Your Partnership Work," he shows how to build a partnership by focusing on nine imperatives of partnership:

  • Creating shared vision
  • Establishing compatibility
  • Applying ground rules
  • Keeping the relationship open and personal
  • Building intercultural understanding
  • Fostering trust
  • Measuring progress
  • Tracking agreements, contributions, and outcomes
  • Learning and handling change together

Week of May 20, 2002

I just discovered Mi Primera Biblia en Cuadros, a wonderful children's Bible in Spanish with easy to read text and full color illustrations on every page

If you have a children's ministry, be sure to see our recommended

Week of April 8, 2002

We've added several new Bibles to the listings at Bibles in Your Language, including Kurdish and Ndebele New Testaments on-line from the International Bible Society.

Week of March 25, 2002

We're updating our site with 2000 Census information as it is being made available, and we've just posted information on foreign languages spoken in every state, as well as a link to the official USA Census Bureau site, American FactFinder, so you can do your own research.

This is a good time to get to know your Muslim neighbors. Our page, "Gospel Resources for Muslims," has information that can help you better understand their heritage. We also highly recommend Dr. Miriam Adeney's new book:
Daughters of Islam:
Building Bridges With Muslim Women
by Miriam Adeney
Intervarsity Press, 2002

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