A friend gave me this book, knowing that we are interested in missions in Indonesia. Overall its a good book, filled with short stories of God’s work in Indonesia and the Philippines. It was exciting to read about how the Lord has called former Muslims, Animist canibals, and nominal Christians to faithfully proclaim His Good News and plant churches in this “closed” country, often with little to no resources. It was also informative to read about how vital the pastor’s training schools were in these stories. Reading this has definitely got my wheels spinning about future ministry models.
I would probably hesitate to recommend this book to many others however, due to it being a publication of the Church of the Nazarene. As such, there are many references to unfamiliar traditions, squirelly doctrines, and Finney-esque methods (“holiness” preaching, alabaster offerings?, words from the Lord, accepting Jesus into my heart…etc) that would probably be confusing to some readers. Also there seems to be no acknowledgement in the stories that there are any other churches, missionaries, or believers in these areas other than those in the Nazarene church, which I know is not the case.