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These pages have been written by Christine Paterson, and originally formed a chapter in the first version of Ross' book, ‘The Antioch Factor’.

Ross writes, "I feel its content is unique, which is why we are making it available here. The challenge it brings, out of Christine’s personal experience as a missionary daughter, wife and mother on the field, is one of the most important messages of the book."

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Mind the Gaps Engaging the Church in Missionary Care

David J Wilson

Trinity Church Missionary Care Team
Mind the Gaps is intended to empower churches, to complement and enhance the efforts of the member care department of mission sending agencies, and to reduce the attrition rate of missionaries by encouraging them and helping to develop their resilience. It provides a distinct contribution to existing missionary care literature because it is collaboratively written by an experienced and practicing missionary care team from a local church. They share their experiences, both positive and negative, and relate real stories and lessons learned. By minding the gaps in missionary care, the church can create a system of proactive care, which will ensure lasting engagement of both the church and the agency into the lives of our precious and beloved missionaries.
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Global Humility

Andy McCullough

The aspect that needs training, more than any other in cross-cultural workers, is humility. Pride and mission are polar opposites. Pride pollutes mission, but the mission of Christ is humble mission. How dare we turn up with all the answers when you don’t even know what questions people are asking?This book should be useful and provocative for cross-cultural Christian workers and candidates, for those involved in multicultural cities in their own nations, for sending pastors, and for anyone whose ministry or Christian walk takes them across cultural divides.
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Known

Hils Grew

Proceeds are donated to 'Together for Development' Sewing Projects in Burundi
If somebody asked you, 'Who are you?', how would you reply? In this devotional with a difference, Hils Grew invites you in an engaging way to dive deeper into your God-given identity as His daughter. Key to becoming the woman God made you to be and living the life He's called you to is knowing who you are and being confident in it. Confidence comes from knowing; knowing how He's designed you, knowing what He's called you to, and knowing the One who knows you. Known is divided up into weekly sections (that can be done in any order) that focus alternately on one aspect of who you are, and one aspect of who God is. Each day's small, inspiring nugget of wisdom ends with a thought-provoking question to encourage reflection and connection with God. Start or finish your day with them and let God grow your confidence in who you are and whose you are.
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The Antioch Factor

Ross Paterson

There is a hidden message in the book of Acts. The code words are "Jerusalem" and "Antioch". Every church is making a right or wrong decision in this matter. The early church in Jerusalem got it wrong, so God had to change His plan to work through the Antioch church. Read the book to find out what that hidden message is! This book is the basis for our course of the same name.
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More than Conquerors

Simon Guillebaud

A highly challenging call to respond with our whole hearts to Christ. To follow our Saviour is not about being nice. It's about taking risks. Simon writes: 'There's a battle going on for our hearts. What I watch, what I listen to, what I spend my time and money on - all these erode my true sense of identify and worth as a child of God. Where is the vigilance, the discernment, the scrutiny? Our hearts are far too precious to treat with such lax indifference . . .I want to play my part in turning the world upside down; I want to be fearless, bold, uncompromising and passionate in reaching out to the lost on behalf of the King of Kings; I never want to get over the grace of God.'
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Choose Life 365

Simon Guillebaud

This unique set of daily readings from bestselling author Simon Guillebaud encourages the reader to live the Christian life without compromise and without restraint; to live on full throttle and with utter abandonment to Christ.
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The Reentry Team

Neal Pirolo

As Neal Pirolo criss-crossed the United States and several other countries conducting the Serving As Senders Seminar, it became increasingly clear to him that of the six areas of care, reentry care is the least understood. Grieved by the lack of care when a missionary returns home, he was motivated to provide the Church and missions community with this resource.
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I Think God Wants Me To Be A Missionary

Neal Pirolo

Prompted by the high attrition rate of missionaries who do not first "count the cost" of cross-cultural ministry, Neal Pirolo offers this book to help candidates look closely at scores of issues that should be clarified long before they say, "Good-bye." In an easy-to-read style of dialogue, four young people represent thousands of people who are making the statement: "I Think God Wants Me to be a Missionary!"
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PACT to GO!

Rod & Ruthie Gilbert, Ross & Christine Paterson

This book is a cross-cultural workers’ guide to creating a Personal Accountability and Care Team (PACT). Written by experienced missionaries, this short book makes such a team attainable whatever your circumstances may be!
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Serving as Senders

Neal Pirolo

A great resource for those supporting missionaries from churches or sending organisations. As awareness of missionary care has grown in recent years, it has become clear that there are at least four levels of care. The principles of this volume touch primarily on the Personal/Relational Level. The goal is for the missionary to develop a partnership team who share the same vision with him, who have an equal commitment to their God-give task, who focus their energy on that area of care, and who will share the joy of victory through Jesus Christ.
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China: the Hidden Miracle

Ross Paterson & Elisabeth Farrell

(Foreword by Brother Andrew)
The extraordinary story of two ordinary people. For a Church thirsting for renewal, Gospel Light introduces a new line of books called Renew. Serving the fastest growing segment of the Church worldwide -- those experiencing awakening and renewal with an expectancy for revival -- Renew brings you biblically sound resources. Take part in the renewal God is bringing to His Church with Renew Books from Gospel Light.
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The Continuing Heartcry for China

Ross Paterson

This book sets out to report the very real needs of the Chinese churches and to challenge Christians worldwide to face up to those needs. It particularly describes the para-church ministries, the underground church and the officially recognized church.
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Declaring God's Word

Derek Prince

God expects us to speak Jesus' words and experience the same powerful results that He did For the first time, the world-renowned Bible teaching of Derek Prince has been condensed into a daily devotional.
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Explaining Mission

Ross Paterson

A part of the ‘explaining’ series. This is a basic, biblical overview of what Christian Mission is.
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