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Mission

FOCUS
Annual Review

2001

Volume 9

Contents
Editorial The Causes and the Consequences of Separations in North American Anabaptist Missions John A. Lapp Cooperation, Complimentarity, and Conflict: Case Study in Mission/Service Agency Relations - Mennonite Ministries Botswana Erwin Rempel Cooperation, Accommodation and Conflict Case study: Vietnam Betsy Headrick McCrae Personal Reflections on Language Ministry in Burkina Faso after Two Decades Donna Kampen Entz Mennonite History and Identity in Indonesia Stefanus Christian Haryono Hispanic Mennonites in North America Gilberto Flores The Future of Mission Stanley Green Christianity and the other Religions Karl Koop Mission Theology Wilbert Shenk Book Reviews: True Life: First-hand Stories of Mission. A Celebration of a Century of Mennonite Brethren Mission: MBMS International Centennial 1900-2000. Compiled and edited by Brad Thiessen. Fresno CA: MBMS International, 2000, pp.104. Reviewed by Titus Guenther. Jacob A. Loewen, Educating Tiger: My Spiritual and Intellectual Journey, Hillsboro, KS: Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, 2000, Pb., pp.346. $19.99. Reviewed by Titus F. Guenther

Wilbert Shenk, By Faith They Went Out. Mennonite Missions 1850-1999. Elkhart: Institute of Mennonite Studies, Occasional Papers No. 20, 1999. 133pp. Alle Hoekema, Dutch Mennonite Mission in Indonesia. Historical Essays. Elkhart: Institute of Mennonite Studies, Occasional Papers No. 22, 2001. 148pp. Reviewed by Walter Sawatsky

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Editorial
How can the bearer of Good News ensure that the bad news will not ruin things? That simplified statement may point to the common thread in the articles making up this issue. It has become quite common place to assert a missiology that starts with the missio Dei. The problem points usually have to do with the way human beings participate in God’s mission, to the extent that they begin to think their way is the divine way. Can a spiritdriven mission truly end in something less than Christian unity and still claim the Spirit? The fact of our separations, in particular our separate ways as Mennonites in mission, were held up for review at the annual meeting of the Council of International Anabaptist Ministries (CIM) in January 2001. This issue includes a major critical survey by John Lapp and several case studies that showed that cooperation and complimentarity are possible. As Donna Kampen Entz’ reviews her pilgrimage in mission, we are reminded of the impact of westernization on Africa and other parts of the globe. Can we communicate the news of the Gospel without entangling it in becoming western? As one reads on in her story, the possibilities for the bad news to get in the way come from unexpected quarters. Or one begins to wonder whether keeping westernization out was really the central question. Entz’ essay poses probing questions about the nature of conversion, whether personal or communal, whether sudden or gradual. She raises questions about where to center the Biblical message, in her case appealing for discerning the God of the Gospel in the Torah, but also subordinating the epistles to Jesus of the Gospels. In this issue we present several essays that reveal how the process of telling the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ story from a global perspective helps us ponder mission issues. Stefanus Haryono’s article on one of the Indonesian Mennonite Synods provides an integration of what he as leader in that church in recent years has learned, and what he learned through the historical work of Lawrence Yoder, only one of whose works is cited here for the English reader. Gilberto Flores presented his argument for taking the Hispanic Mennonites seriously, when scholars gathered in June to reflect on what a North American volume in the Global Mennonite History series should be like. Flores’ paper started a lengthy positive discussion, with writers from Asia and Africa finding many parallels. Two Mennonite denominations in...
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