What does the man who took the gospel to China’s millions have in common with the creator of Wensleydale cheese, or with the inventor of the Crow’s Nest, or the man responsible for the abolition of slavery throughout the Commonwealth, or with a member of the famous Bronte family?
Each one (along with all twenty-one major subjects of this book, plus others) was trusting in Jesus as their Lord and Saviour and they were all from Yorkshire. The county is rightly famed for its dales and moors, its cricket and its tea, but primarily Yorkshire is known for down-to-earth characters. Fine Gold from Yorkshire introduces Christians from the county whose lives have impacted millions across the world. Read it and smile, be inspired and stirred, but most of all look to the God of these people: the God who loves people from every county and country.
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Against the prevailing Western models, influenced by the values and principles of international commerce, presented here are five “signs of life,” showcased by a network of movements best known by many as “new friars.”
· Jose Penate-Aceves, Darren Prince and John B. Hayes of InnerCHANGE
· Phileena Heuertz, David Chronic and Christopher Heuertz of Word Made Flesh
· Derek Engdahl and Jean-Luc Krieg of Servant Partners
· Craig and Nayhouy Greenfield of Servants to Asia’s Urban Poor
· Ash Barker of Urban Neighbours of Hope.
God’s kingdom in the hands of the people of God, the contributors show us, is first and foremost incarnational, which leads necessarily to gospel witness that is devotional, communal, missional and marginal. With a survey of the history of new friar movements and commentary by forerunner Viv Grigg, this seminal book paints a picture of mission that is new only because it has been neglected for so long, a mission that is truly good news to the people in its path.