Is Hearing Enough?

Literacy and the Great Commission
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Is Hearing Enough? makes the case for including literacy in evangelism and discipleship efforts in developing nations like India. Drawing on over 20 years of cross-cultural ministry experience, Don Edwards offers an insightful look at literacy’s key role in building a strong, healthy body of believers. Edwards looks at the crippling effects of illiteracy, examines Scripture’s view of literacy, and explains literacy’s value as a door-opener in communities that are resistant to traditional evangelism.

The Great Commission commands us to “go and make disciples of all nations.” Likewise, we are called to fulfill the Great Compassion: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Both are expressions of Jesus’ love for people. Readers will be challenged to share the gift of literacy as a tangible act of obedience to Jesus’ two “Great” commandments.

Don Edwards first visited India in 1984. The very first morning of that trip on October 31, the Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, was assassinated. From that moment, God planted the nation of India in Edwards’ heart. This led to his involvement in church planting efforts with indigenous missions and churches for the last 14 years. Edwards has a Doctor of Ministry degree in Missions and Cross-Cultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Masters of Religious Education degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.

  • ISBN: 9780878084623
  • Pages: 145
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 2010
  • Publisher: William Carey Library

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  1. The Problems of Illiteracy
  2. Illiteracy and Church Growth
  3. Literacy and Discipleship 
  4. The Bible and Reading through the Ages 
  5. Orality and Literacy 
  6. Literacy and Loving Our Neighbor 
  7. Literacy, Discipleship, and Development
  8. Measuring Discipleship
  9. Implementing Literacy as a Discipling Strategy
  • Appendix 1 – Literacy and Discipleship Survey
  • Appendix 2 – Literacy Survey
  • Appendix 3 – Urban and Rural Area Survey Snapshot
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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