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The Unlikely Missionary: From Pew-Warmer to Poverty-Fighter ( [Kindle Edition]

Dan King , Tom Davis
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Book Description

At some point in their life, most Christians have walked through the doors of their church on Sunday morning and wondered what it really means to live a Christian life. Unfortunately, few ever do more than warm a pew on Sunday and try to be a "good person" throughout the week. But the reality is...

Jesus called us to change the world... starting with 'the least of these.'

Dan King, popular blogger and founder of, wrestled for several years with this idea of what it means to serve like Jesus did. That is, until he started researching the topic of poverty and what the Christian response to it looks like. One little writing project triggered a series of events, like dominoes, that eventually led him on an unlikely trip to Africa. It was a trip that would change things forever.

Follow Dan's journey not only on a poverty-fighting trip through Africa, but also on the journey of discovery as the mission trip helps him find purpose and meaning in his Christian walk.

In addition to the stories of people and experiences on that trip to Africa, the book is full of practical ideas and exercises that will challenge you discover world-changing passion whether it takes you half-way around the world or keeps you right at home in your own backyard.

Where you go isn’t the important thing, but what you do with the gift you’ve been given is.

You have a unique gift, and God intends for you to use it to build His Kingdom. You can join Dan in this incredible journey today and discover a sense of purpose that will ignite your Christian faith in ways you've never expected!

Editorial Reviews


"What glows from this book is how King experiences the "activation" of his faith. But it's a smart and educated activation - he doesn't rush in to do something but instead works with people more experienced and knowledgeable. In other words, he learns."
- Glynn Young, Author of Dancing Priest, A Novel
"What I discovered in this book is not so much a "how-to" manual. Not so much a "this is the way you become a missionary" story. This is no step-by-step guide to emerging from the pew. The Unlikely Missionary is a beautiful tale of obedience and courage in being faithful to where God calls in each moment."
- Laura Boggess, Special Projects Editor,

About the Author

Christ-follower. husband. father. school of ministry and missions instructor. facebook channel editor for co-founder and media director for the movement. social media dude for chief instigator at

Product Details

  • File Size: 1056 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466481048
  • Publisher: BibleDude Press (October 10, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UDPQ2O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can Make a Difference! October 21, 2011
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I stumbled upon Dan King (@bibledude) in the forums of the Tentblogger community. Dan's first e-book, The Unlikely Missionary, is a great read and is a great introduction to life on the mission field for someone who has never been on the mission field before.

Jumping over to the book site, I read about his experiences as first-time missionary and the work that God did on his heart. The Unlikely Missionary is a story-driven, first-person narrative outlining his first mission trip outside the United States. He partnered with the Five Talents organization which works to provide micro-financing loans for underdeveloped regions in order for people to obtain a better way of life.

As Dan described his journey across the ocean to Kenya, I began to remember so vividly my own experiences in that country. The bumpy roads, the stench of stale air and other smells you did not even know existed, and the faces of people who traveled hours, even days, to hear messages of hope.

This book is great for anyone who wants to know what a mission trip looks and feels like without ever leaving the comforts of home. Dan addresses:

Heart Attitude - your own and those who you will meet
Culture Shock - you think you are prepared...and realize you are not
Hope - you can't fix everything, but you can provide hope
Engagement - stories of triumph and struggle...even your own
Action - each chapter provides a call to action for your own personal development

I would recommend this book to mission agencies as well as church staff's who are looking to take a teams overseas. The narrative is geared towards Africa; however, it is not so much the place as it is what it does in your own heart. It is a quick read, and the questions at the end of each chapter are ideal for a small group discussion or team preparation. I hope that you will check out this great resource, and stop by Dan's blog for more stories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Inspiring Book December 6, 2011
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Dan King is very transparent and genuine in this book. His life was dramatically changed when he was called to action. After experiencing first hand the poverty that exist in Africa, King could not sit by and live his life ignoring the need. He does not play himself out to be a superhero, but makes it very clear that he is just a regular guy with normal struggles that strives to make the world a better place for those around him.

At the end of each chapter, King provides practical steps the reader can take to begin conversations and ways to become involved in making a difference.

The book is an easy read and very inspiring.

I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyed March 20, 2014
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Great quick read on going on mission trips. Author challenges each of us to get out there and do something. Very encouraging book. We can make a difference, small changes can yield big results. Loved the stories about Africa and the pictures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Todd
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An honest look at how a trip to Africa touched Dan's heart and how his heart was able to touch others for Jesus in a lasting way.
This book brought me to an understanding that I can be a part of the solution to poverty on the other side of the world, as well as, in my own town. No waiting for the some day ....Start Now. Motivation and encouragement in every chapter this book has a place for personal growth, as well as, a resource in home groups, or, a group starting their preparations for a missions journey.
I Highly Recommend This Work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing. November 6, 2013
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As someone who has experienced mission work first hand and how it changed my life forever, I fully endorse this book and any future writings by the author Dan King.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Microloan Missions July 31, 2013
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This was a short book about a man who was writing up posts on his blog about poverty and ended up being asked to be a part of an organization for a short-term missions trip. He was to give a micro-loan presentation to people in Uganda & Kenya who wanted to have help for their small businesses. I felt in a way like I was reading a few blog entries when reading this book as there were some pictures and links to youtube videos and more on it. It was pretty simple and got the point across. It was good, but not an amazing book. If you are a blogger (as I am), it was pretty interesting to learn about, since the man had never been on a missions trip and how his world was changed from his two weeks away from his home life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring July 17, 2014
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Dan`s book is well written and easy to read. As one who is interested in missions, it's inspiring to know that God will open the doors, you just have to walk through them; that opportunities are out there you just have to be looking. I look forward to future books about missions Dan goes on, and how God is continuing to use him to impact the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My thoughts January 12, 2014
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it was a good short read. I liked that this book was a different outlook on how to help end the cycle of poverty while using your gifts abd talents. not only overseas,but in your own community.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Thankful Blessings we have in USA
Enjoyed reading and hearing Dan's perspectives. Will be following up and blogging on his suggestions. Hope is a true gift from Jesus.
Published 5 months ago by B. Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
Wow what a powerful book! Well written, heartfelt Christian book written by a Christian man!
Published 7 months ago by Mack Bailey
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay book to read
Had some good recommendations of ways to reach out to others and describing the lives of those he met up with but just was not a must read to me.
Published 8 months ago by Susan Blocker
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not one of my favorites but I could relate which made it worth reading to me
Published 9 months ago by Texgirl16
5.0 out of 5 stars EYE OPENING
We westerners have no clue how others live. Our immediate world is so small. After reading The Unlikely Missionary, there is no way to go back to status quo.
Published 9 months ago by JoAnn H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story of a mission trip and focus on poverty solutions
Only a short trip but well written about the contrast in what we have and what it's like in Kenya and Uganda. All about micro investments in small businesses over there.
Published 10 months ago by Junebug
4.0 out of 5 stars Missionary Trip Short Biography
Small book on a month long missionary trip to teach villagers and others about business. Interesting with a different slant than most. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Linda R
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring
Loved this short read. It gave me a clear view of what Dan King experienced on his trip to Africa and showed me that I can make a difference in the hurting world by simply being... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Danielle Horne
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book
Excellent read. I really enjoyed Dan sharing his experience as he traveled to Africa for the first time. Makes one reconsider their priorities.
Published 13 months ago by Cindy
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
It could have been more in depth to try to explain the change that happens on missions trips. Ok for a short read.
Published 15 months ago by Beth Lathbury
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Christ-follower. husband. father. professional blogger. school of ministry and missions instructor. social media editor for chief instigator at co-founder and media director for the movement. social media coordinator for blogging, social media, and publishing strategist at lover of sour patch kids.


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