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Ethnic Realities and the Church: Lessons from Kurdistan

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Chapter 1 17th Century Mission in Kurdistan

Chapter 2 19th Century Mission in Kurdistan

Chapter 3 A Misunderstanding Agreed Upon

Chapter 4 20th Century Mission in Kurdistan, 1900–1990

Chapter 5 The Historical Churches Since World War I

Chapter 6 A Brief Missiology for Workers

Appendix A Nestorian, Chaldean, Assyrian, and Syriac

Appendix B An Assyrian Liturgy from the 19th Century

Appendix C List of Translations of Scripture into Kurdish Glossary

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Ethnic Realities and the Church: Lessons from Kurdistan
Lessons from Kurdistan
Robert Blincoe
Lessons Learned the Hard Way.

The missionary enterprise is difficult, wherever it’s undertaken. But some places and peoples make it especially difficult, showing painfully-little visible fruit over decades or even centuries. Kurdistan is one of those places. But that doesn’t mean God hasn’t been at work, nor does it mean there aren’t valuable lessons to be learned, even from “failures.” From his on-the-ground experience in Kurdistan and his study of past missionary work there, Bob Blincoe presents this thorough history of missions to the Kurdish people. More than mere history, Ethnic Realities and the Church is also a mission-strategy handbook. Here are helpful insights and implications not only for those who would still reach the Kurds for Christ, but for missionaries to any people group, especially where tilling the soil is particularly hard.


  • This study of mission work among the Kurds is the most comprehensive and best survey in existence. It captures the dedication and perseverance of the missionaries and the obstacles they encountered. But its greatest contribution is in the evaluating the missiological decisions they made up to the threshold of the present decade, in which some Kurds, without an earthly homeland, have found a heavenly one through Him who had no place to lay His head.
    J. Dudley Woodberry, PhDdean emeritus and senior professor of Islamic studies, Fuller Theological Seminary

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  • Pages: 270
  • Publisher: William Carey Press
  • Binding: paperback
  • Publish Year: 2019
  • ISBN: 9780878080472
  • Vendor: William Carey Library