"This book did something I never expected - it made me cry. Tears of joy and gratitude flowed more than once as I read the story of how God chose ordinary people to make an extraordinary difference in a faraway culture and a very different place than suburban Atlanta. Gone forever is my superior attitude that insists on professionals for the job of world evangelization. Yes, training matters, but heart and grit took this church further than many would ever venture - even with the best of credentials. This is a story that every pastor should read, then lead his church into similar action." -- Woody Phillips President, United World Mission Board Chairman, ACMC
From the Publisher
This book is the incredible testimony of God's hand directing this small congregation to become involved in the midst of our mayhem. Beginning in 1992, Northside Community Church allowed itself the freedom to dare "dreaming in the Spirit" as it reached far beyond the limits of its size to sustain a vital contribution to our denomination's attempt to serve Bosnian refugees. I commend this congregation for its incarnational approach to ministry, sharing the love of Christ and the gospel message while living among Bosnian refugees during the war. We have come to deeply appreciate this church's faithful service as a valuable long-term partner in ministry.
In a message offered in Northside's mission conference in March 1998 I noted that this church has done more to reach Bosnians with the gospel of Jesus Christ than the rest of America's churches all together. My comments were not an exaggeration! From my perspective the kingdom could be advanced more effectively in many parts of the world if more churches of every size would seize upon this example of partnership and follow it. Northside's story will be invaluable for anyone wishing to better understand the pathways that can lead to effective cross-cultural cooperation in modern missions.
I recommend Magnify Your Vision for the Small Church as a must read for anyone involved in missions or in training others for mission service. I am praying that this book will inspire others to take more innovative approaches to ministry on the remaining mission fields of the world. We need the fresh wind of the Spirit to blow as we enter a new millennium of ministry opportunity. May we all follow the example of this relatively small church and commit ourselves to emulate their passion and their capacity for dreaming in the Spirit! (Dr. Peter Kuzmic, President of the Evangelical Church of Croatia, Founder and Director of the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia)