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WHY DOES GOD MAKE SO MANY PEOPLE POOR? by




IN THE PRESENCE OF THE POOR

by Kay Marshall Strom
Authentic Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-606547-012-8
163 pages/softcover
www.authenticpublishing.com


AUTHOR BIO: Kay loves to write, and she loves to share what she writes about. Guess you'd call her a natural-born communicator! Author of 34 books and numerous magazine articles, Kay's work has appeared in many compilations and book clubs, and around the world in many languages. She has recently completed the scripts for two movies and is hard at work on a historical biography and a historical novel trilogy.

In addition to her writing, Kay is an articulate, personable, and dynamic speaker, sought after for keynote presentations and special events around the country.

Also, Kay and her husband Dan Kline – co-authors of two books on marriage and couples' relationships – offer retreats and workshops together.

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Why Does God Make so Many People Poor?
The question of one man and his profound answer!


Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX—There is no shortage of books about Western missionary heroes. But in the developing world, just as in the West, the most effective way to reach the lost is through the local church. As one Indian Christian leader told missionaries from abroad, “You have been offering the water of life to the people of India in a foreign cup. That is why we have been slow to receive it. If you offer it to us in an Indian cup, we are more likely to accept it.” This is the new face of missions. The global church can learn much from the stories of indigenous missionary heroes.

In her new book, In the Presence of the Poor, author Kay Marshall Strom shares the amazing story of Professor B. E. Vijayam, Ph.D., a university professor and award-winning scientist who has made a career of reaching India’s poorest people with God’s love. Dr. Vijayam was born the son and grandson of prominent Christian bishops in India, but he gained his reputation as a nationally recognized scientist. Driven by his pioneering spirit and limitless love for India’s poor and forgotten souls, Dr. Vijayam is breaking new ground in missionary practice, and he has much to teach the Western church.

As a geologist, Dr. Vijayam dedicated much of his research to improving the living conditions for the oppressed Dalit people. He encouraged other scientists to venture past the hallowed halls of academia and bring technology to the poor. As the founder of organizations like MERIBA (Mission to Encourage Rural Impact in Backward Areas), he achieved the unthinkable—uniting entire villages of Dalit people, educating them concerning their rights, and overturning centuries of culturally sanctioned tyranny. Through various other social action groups, he brought clean water, agricultural innovation, and environmental protection to people all over India.

Dr. Vijayam is not just another social activist. Every technological innovation served a greater purpose—setting the stage to share the Gospel with India’s 4,600 people groups. “To Dr. Vijayam, the gospel must be holistic,” Strom says. “As the Bible says, it is no use telling a person who is naked and hungry to go in peace without actually taking care of that person’s physical needs.” Today Joshua Vision India, one of Dr. Vijayam’s projects, trains church planters to use technology for the benefit of the people groups they serve.

In the Presence of the Poor is more than just one man’s story. It is a wake-up call to us in the Western church who have grown comfortable in our affluence and indifferent to the plight of our Christian brothers and sisters in the developing world. Strom stresses the need for partnership between churches rich in resources (i.e., North Americans) and churches rich in opportunities for evangelism (i.e., Indian churches). Through his work with Partners International, Dr. Vijayam has sought to foster that kind of cooperation.

Strom urges Christians in the West to catch the vision of a global body of believers united in service and love for Christ. “Now is the time for the family of God to link hands around the world. It is time for us not only to teach but to be teachable,” says Strom. “It is time for the financially blessed among us to loosen our grip and pour out the finances that will enable those with wide-open opportunities to make the most of them. It is time to support each other so that we can bring in a great harvest for the Lord.”

2 comments:

  1. Our church supports a missionary in India who runs a large church and radio station heard by millions - and he recently had to leave the country and seek refuge here due to death threats. We've heard many of his stories, including a time when he was kidnapped, so we know it's a totally different world over there.

    L. Diane Wolfe “Spunk On A Stick”
    www.circleoffriendsbooks.blogspot.com

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  2. Hi Nora,

    I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a little award. You don't have to participate but I wanted you to know.
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    Stomi :)

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