As part of BlogX, I stumbled upon Dan King (@bibledude) in the forums of the Tentblogger community. Dan's first e-book, The Unlikely Missionary, is a great read and is a great introduction to life on the mission field for someone who has never been on the mission field before.
Jumping over to the book site, I read about his experiences as first-time missionary and the work that God did on his heart. The Unlikely Missionary is a story-driven, first-person narrative outlining his first mission trip outside the United States. He partnered with the Five Talents organization which works to provide micro-financing loans for underdeveloped regions in order for people to obtain a better way of life.
As Dan described his journey across the ocean to Kenya, I began to remember so vividly my own experiences in that country. The bumpy roads, the stinch of stale air and other smells you did not even know existed, and the faces of people who traveled hours, even days, to hear messages of hope.
This book is great for anyone who wants to know what a mission trip looks and feels like without ever leaving the comforts of home. Dan addresses:
- Heart Attitude – your own and those who you will meet
- Culture Shock – you think you are prepared…and then…you realize you are not
- Hope – you can't fix everything, but you can provide hope
- Engagement – stories of triumph and struggle…even your own
- Action – each chapter provides a call to action for your own personal development
I would recommend this book to mission agencies as well as church staff's who are looking to take a teams overseas. The narrative is geared towards Africa; however, it is not so much the place as it is what it does in your own heart. It is a quick read, and the questions at the end of each chapter are ideal for a small group discussion or team preparation. I hope that you will check out this great resource, and stop by Dan's blog for more stories.
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