- File Size: 1212 KB
- Print Length: 208 pages
- Publisher: Peregrini Press (June 27, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 27, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HOP28E4
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Far From Cold is a superb book…on the surface simply written as a memoir of Mark and Gillian Newham’s years as Christian missionaries in the city of Ulaanbaatar and in the country town of Arhangai in Mongolia…as recounted by Gillian in the first person…which can be said to cover all of the basics for this genre…interesting people with their personal struggles and triumphs…a good sense of the foreign country having a different culture and the challenge for new converts to Christianity to work through the huge changes and adjustments in thinking that are in addition to the massive changes that come with becoming new Christians in our western cultures…and the personal character growth that is the product of divinely “called-out” missions…but this book also intentionally or unintentionally manages to touch upon some very important issues that apply to all Christians.
For example, on pages 142-143 there is an excellent discussion on the importance of delegating authority and spreading leadership judiciously around in a small group Bible study to help get people involved and motivated as first-hand participants…rather than being a one-man show with idle spectators. On pages 170-172 there is again an excellent discussion on letting go…in placing faith in other people and in God…when we have to give up power and control when change occurs in our lives and we need to move on.
These…and several other interesting and applicable life questions…are honestly addressed in this very readable and well-written book. I now feel like I know a little about life in Mongolia…and a lot more about the patient spiritual battles being waged for lost souls by foreign missionaries every day around the globe.
I would highly recommend this book.
We are invited to enter into their relationships, to meet some of the key people that God brought across their paths in that time, people like Ideree, Batchimeg, DJ, Batjargal, and Sara. Their stories are Mark & Gill’s stories, as God brought these people together in a journey of life in an environment that was a frontier of faith as much as anything.
Having personally visited several of the places the author mentions, this book presents a satisfying taste of a land that is foreign to most, and yet oh so familiar in terms of being populated by people who struggle, who are in desperate need of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Glossary at the end provides valuable snippets of Mongolian life and worldview.
One of the most striking patterns of God’s ministry through Mark & Gill was the frequency with which He brought them to pray for the resources—especially people—that were needed to do the work that He had given them to do. Whether it was engineers, architects, accountants, or business managers, at each step, this couple with no business-background sought the Lord to supply the right people at the right time. And He did. They turned to God again and again, and their model challenges all believers to do the same.
Although we’re never offered a specific meaning to the title, Far From Cold, I take it to depict for us the surprise that any of us may encounter: as we venture into a new place and work amongst unknown people, although we may expect coldness, harshness, and much labor for little fruit, the testimony of these two ordinary people is that, with the presence of God active in your life, no matter where you go, you are always far from cold.
Recommended to encourage you in your Christian journey of faith and living for God, from a place of simply being who you are and continually looking to God for His leading and provision.
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