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Overview Do you long to let go of self-centeredness and be more eternally minded? Do you desire to make a difference in the lost world but aren't sure how to go about it? Based on the testimony of thousands who have read Revolution in World Missions, this gripping message can radically change your life. In this exciting and fast-moving narrative, K.P. Yohannan shares how God brought him from his remote Indian village to become the founder of Gospel for Asia. Drawing from fascinating true stories and eye-opening statistics, K.P. challenges Christians to examine and change their lifestyles in view of millions who have never heard the Gospel.
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Studio: Gospel For Asia (Books)
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Aug 31, 2004
Publisher GOSPEL FOR ASIA
ISBN 1595890017 ISBN13 9781595890016
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More About K. P. Yohannan
Dr. K.P. Yohannan has written more than 200 books in India and 6 in the United States, including the bestseller Revolution in World Missions, with more than 1.5 million copies in print. Founder and international director of Gospel for Asia, he coordinates the efforts of more than 14,000 native missionaries, heads a church-planting movement made up of approximately one million baptized believers, and gives direction to 54 Bible colleges that train more than 8,000 students each year for the mission field. K.P. lives near Dallas with his wife, Gisela.
K. P. Yohannan currently resides in Dallas, in the state of Texas.
Reviews - What do customers think about Revolution In World Missions?
Give a vision Apr 9, 2008
What a great way to gain understanding about what it is to "Go". The people recognized in this book are Christians. So many times in America we think that means to just live a good life so that others can see that something is different. That isn't a Christian life at all. We do live out a difference but that difference is an outward VOCAL expression of our faith to those around us. K.P. and GFA lives this out on a perpetual basis. They put into motion the Great Commission and truly live by "to die is gain." It is a very inspirational book in which you very well could gain vision for where you are to go in your life. Maybe even a life over in Asia with the writer of this book.
Eye-opening but read with caution Aug 22, 2007
I enjoyed reading about KPY's perspective on the Western church and the current native missionary movement in Asia. I agree wholeheartedly that we in the West desperately need to open our eyes and share our material blessings with the rest of the Body of Christ. In many ways, our wealth has been our spiritual downfall because we have kept so much of it for ourselves and have been blinded by it. It was also exciting to read about the adventures of faith that God took him through in his life.
On the other hand, I think that the book erroneously asserts that the Western church *primarily* has only financial gifts and prayer support to offer the 2/3 world. If we followed KPY's recommendation, I think that missions would suffer, not because we're so great, but that God has commanded every member of the Body to minister cross-culturally to the other members. Jesus said "Go to the ends of the earth," not just to the 2/3 church but to all believers. Just like we need the perspective and unique gifts of the church in India, for example, we likewise have gifts to share with them. Also, as for the argument that native missionaries are more effective and economical than foreign missionaries, that needs to be balanced with the fact that missions began with disciples going to other cultures and lands to share the gospel. Cross-cultural missions should not be excluded on the basis of economy, but on the contrary we need to obey our calling by inciting more Christians in the West to go and reach out to the unreached peoples.
GFA seems to be a great ministry for planting churches in Asia, and we should support such ministries enthusiastically and work in partnership with them...but don't be discouraged to not send Western missionaries abroad or go yourself.
a must read book Jul 31, 2007
This is a must-read book as a Christian. In the middle of reading, this book threw me some moments to think subjects like, why do I live? why did God put me on earth in the first place? what does He want me to do here in earth? Well, answers came very clear to me. I am sure God has plan for me which I've been still looking forward to hear. Whatever He want me to do, all I could do is to try to find something that will please Him in every moment. And I also realized how horrible and sad for people who have never heard of Gospel before during their lifetime and died. I become more careful wih spending money and learn how to use it. Thank God. I believe You lead me into this georgous, attractive and fabulous Your plan. Thank God with all my heart!
The Future of Outreach Jul 24, 2007
Basically, one of the best written books I've ever read about missions.
KP is very right. From now on, the gospel must be preached to people by people from within their own culture, instead of people who tink they know better.
A new model of missiology. Much of value for the modern church. Jul 3, 2007
I read this volume shortly after taking a "Perspectives on World Missions" course, and found an enormous difference in approach between the two missiological models. "Perspectives" assumes, to a great degree, that westerners are the ones going to foreign fields, but acknowledges the increasing degree at which non-western churches are sending out missionaries to other non-western countries. South Korea is an excellent example of this. Yohannan, however, places a much greater emphasis on what he calls the "native evangelism" model.
What's the difference? It's actually rather huge. Rather than trying to train, equip and support western missionaries to do evangelism work in cultures that are dramatically different from their own (like an American family serving in the "10/40 window"), Yohannan advocates supporting local evangelists to minister to their own people. The native evangelist, he argues rather convincingly, has enormous advantages over a western missionary in terms of familiarity with the language and culture, and is far less expensive to support. Thus, more effective ministry can be done with far fewer resources.
It was on this model that Yohannan built "Gospel for Asia" ministries from the ground up. Once an itinerant Indian evangelist himself, he was afforded the opportunity to come to the United States as a young man. When he arrived, he was shocked at both the affluence of the western church, and the degree to which it used its enormous resources in a way that did little to advance the gospel. The book goes on to detail the birth and growth of his ministry.
The one place where he lost me was toward the end, where he argues, in effect, that with the rise of the native evangelist model, there is no longer a need, or at least a very minimal need, for westerners to go to the foreign field. I disagree with the proposition for this reason. While cultural natives may be best suited for evangelistic efforts in their own countries, westerners continue to have a valuable role to play in training and discipling the native evangelists. A good example is our church's partnership with a church in Albania, where we are trying to foster native evangelism, but the leaders of that body are begging for western believers to come train them in theology, biblical counseling, small group methodology, spiritual leadership development, etc. These things take time and relationship-building, and that takes a long term missionary. Thus, while the role of the western missionary may be changing, the need is not diminished.
In short, this book provides excellent insights into the growing native evangelism movement, and issues a challenge to the western to pour its resources into this highly effective model of ministry. However, the author should take caution against becoming so enamored with his own ministry that he rejects the legitimate, indeed necessary, role that the western churches must continue to fill in world evangelism.