Paul Sungro Lee
Going as a missionary or sending a missionary without proper training is quite reckless, and one of the most critical components of missionary preparation is intercultural readiness. This research was conducted to study the means to enhance one’s intercultural readiness and to measure its four sub-domain components that are likely to enable such a meaningful preparation at pre-departure stage. A group of 45 missions trainees at the Evangelical Alliance for Preacher Training/Commission’s School of Mission in Seoul, Korea were split into two groups, and quasi-experimental research was made on these groups through pre-test and post-test design. The research carefully examined whether EAPTC’s Missionary Candidate Training program could be another option for training the missionary candidates for effective cross-cultural performance with greater longevity on their field experience.
Amos Sukamto, Nina Herlina, Kunto Sofianto and Yusak Soleiman
Between 1965 and 1980, the Indonesian government issued three religious policies. These had both positive and negative impacts on Christianity in Indonesia. As a positive impact, the Indonesian Council of Churches (DGI) and the Supreme Council of Indonesian Bishops (MAWI) were motivated to work together in lobbying the government. The policies also boosted the growth of local leadership in Catholic churches. However, the policies also brought a negative impact in that it became difficult for churches to obtain an IMB (Building Permit). In mid-eighties, Christianity could still perform religious services in churches without any disturbances, but after the 1990s, churches with no Building Permit were banned by some radical Islamic organizations. Preaching the gospel was considered violation of the law and a Christian could be sent to prison for performing this activity.
This article plumbs the spiritual life writing of two twentieth-century single female evangelical missionaries, Lillian Trasher and Dr. Helen Roseveare, for evidence of the church. It rests on concepts of feminine spirituality and the history of women and mission. The historical analysis traces the women’s lives from their early formation through their mission work and looks at six themes of the church on mission that emerged from their writing. It argues that they served as mamas of the church in their contexts by nurturing life through their acts of compassionate care. Their small but deliberate acts of sacrifice and service continue to pose missiological invitations and challenges to the church. Therefore, the article also builds an initial “mama theology” of the church on mission by examining where images in Isaiah and impulses in mission today intersect with the themes in the women’s writing.