Authentic Lives

Overcoming the Problem of Hidden Identity in Outreach to Restrictive Nations
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Are you concerned about unreached or unengaged peoples? You probably know that their countries do not welcome missionaries, and that followers of Jesus who serve there via traditional sending organizations do not publicize these organizational ties or their churchbased funding sources. But have you thought through the consequences of keeping that information hidden? Authentic Lives will help you do that—and more. And if those consequences trouble you, Authentic Lives suggests ways to minimize them in traditional organizations and also suggests other options for service altogether. The challenges these other options present are also discussed—going without a sending agency is not easy but is sometimes best nonetheless.

  • ISBN: 9780878086344
  • Pages: 210
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 2016
  • Publisher: William Carey Library

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Problem of Hidden Identity

PART I: Hidden Identity versus Integrated Identity
1. Governments and Their Guests
2. Secrecy and Privacy, Honesty and Integrity

PART II: Practical Suggestions
3. Preparation
4. Finances
5. Support Groups

PART III: Theological and Conceptual Foundation
6. Key Concepts That Led to the Hidden-Identity Approach
7. Theological Foundations for a Modified Mission

Appendix: Consultation on Mission Language and Metaphors

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