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By Jim Chew

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This book brings with it the author’s wealth of experience both from having lived as a cross-cultural missionary as well as one who is to this day coaching and mentoring cross-cultural missionaries across Asia. The numerous personal stories and that of Jim’s friends and colleagues are a reflection of this. The unique contribution of this book is that it is written by an Asian, from an Asian perspective, with Asian experience, narrating stories and addressing issues of missions in the Asian world. Jim spells out the issues and dilemmas on the mission field and brings a biblical perspective to it. With real life case studies and practical suggestions, Jim brings us into the living room of the mission field. He takes away the mystery of going to the mission field and plants our feet firmly on the ground. Although Jim has written the book for missions and church leaders and prospective missionaries it is also relevant to all of us. Today, in many of the countries we live in, cross-cultural missions is at our doorstep.

About the Author

Jim Chew is the Regional Coordinator for missions in Asia and Pacific Island Nations for the Navigators. Jim and his wife Selene live in Wellington, New Zealand where he serves as an elder in his church. Jim has served with The Navigators since 1963. He graduated with a bachelor's degree, with honours in Economics at the University of Malaya in Singapor . After training with The Navigators in Vietnam in 1960, he ministered with Singapore Youth for Christ. He married Selene and spent a year in the United States with The Navigators. They were the first Asians to be appointed as Navigator Representatives.

They initiated the Navigator work in Malaysia in 1966. After spending four years in New Zealand in the early 1970, Jim directed the New Zealand ministry for a period of time. Returning to Asia, Jim served as Deputy Director for the Pacific Areas Navigators, ministering in Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia. He then directed the work in Singapore from 1981 to 1990. Jim has extensive experience in discipling people as well as mentoring disciplemakers in a variety of cross-cultural contacts. He has also written a book on cross-cultural missions entitled "When You Cross Cultures.” In his current capacity, Jim works closely with mission agencies and movements internationally. The Chews are commended missionaries of Bethesda Katong Church Singapore. 

 

“Jim Chew is a disciplemaking missionary at heart! This is vintage wisdom from a seasoned and esteemed Christian statesman. Jim deeply understands the enormous impact of cross-cultural dynamics in global missions today. From contextualisation to the proclamation of the Gospel, from philosophical worldview to emotional adjustments, from discipleship training to tentmaking,

Jim gives us a steady compass to meaningfully engage pertinent cross-cultural issues today. I readily recommend this insightful book - don’t leave home without it!”

REV EDMUND CHAN
Senior Pastor, Covenant Evangelical Free Church, Singapore
Author, Built to Last, Growing Deep in God

“No one better understands the issues in cross-cultural ministry than Jim Chew. He is a giant in the field, and for years has been on the cutting edge of Christian missions. Church leaders, including bi-vocational ‘tentmakers’, looking for practical, down-to-earth, time proven counsel will find it here.”

 DR ROBERT COLEMAN
 Distinguished Senior Professor of Evangelism and Discipleship
 Author, The Master Plan of Evangelism
 Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

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