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ISBN: 9781783689163
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 15
Publication Date: 14/07/2015
Pages: 280
Series: Global Perspectives Series
Language: English

Mission without Conquest

An Alternative Missionary Practice

£16.99

Almost sixty years ago, the Mennonite missionary team working in the Argentine Chaco decided to look for ways to be effective in their ministry while being faithful to Jesus’ lifestyle and teaching. They left behind paternalistic models and “conquering” methods and were liberated from the mindset of forming a denominational church. As a result, they found an alternative missionary style of walking alongside those they worked with, giving priority to the integrity of the local people.
”Mission Without Conquest” is a historical narrative of how the Toba Qom people of the Argentine Chaco followed Jesus’ way from the time of their conversion until the formation of an autochthonous church. This book embodies a new way to approach the church’s missionary task – a way that makes the mission of Jesus Christ the paradigm for Christian mission until his return.

Author Bios

Willis Horst
(By)

WILLIS (1939-2013) and BYRDALENE HORST served with Mennonite Mission Network from 1971 to 2010, accompanying indigenous churches in the Argentine Chaco. Willis developed the Bible Circle, in which participants explore their spirituality and the values of Jesus within their own culture. Willis cared passionately for creation, and distributed hundreds of tree saplings among congregations they visited. They retired to the USA and their four children and seven grandchildren live in Argentina and the USA.

Ute Paul
(By)

UTE and FRANK PAUL lived with their children in Buenos Aires and in Resistencia, Chaco from 1990 to 2007. They were part of the Mennonite team, collaborating in the accompaniment of the Toba Qom churches with visits, Bible circles, exegetical counseling in the Bible translation project and bilingual teachers’ training. Frank, a theologian and Ute, a teacher have three adult children and are members of the ecumenical Reichelsheim Fellowship Community (ojc.de) in Germany. Deeply enriched by implementing vulnerable mission in ministry, they advocate this approach to worldwide mission at conferences, seminars and in speeches (vulnerablemission.org).

Frank Paul
(By)

UTE and FRANK PAUL lived with their children in Buenos Aires and in Resistencia, Chaco from 1990 to 2007. They were part of the Mennonite team, collaborating in the accompaniment of the Toba Qom churches with visits, Bible circles, exegetical counseling in the Bible translation project and bilingual teachers’ training. Frank, a theologian and Ute, a teacher have three adult children and are members of the ecumenical Reichelsheim Fellowship Community (ojc.de) in Germany. Deeply enriched by implementing vulnerable mission in ministry, they advocate this approach to worldwide mission at conferences, seminars and in speeches (vulnerablemission.org).

Endorsements

From a biblical perspective, every disciple of Jesus Christ is called to participate in the mission of God in the world. One of the values of Mission Without Conquest is that it offers an excellent illustration of how to carry out this task.

C. René Padilla
President Emeritus of the Kairos Foundation, Argentina

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Prologue
  3. Introduction with Ackowledgements
    1. Willis Horst
  4. Maps
  5. Part 1
    1. 1 Religious Self-determination and the Autochthonous Church
    2. Toward a Theology of Self-determination in the Growth of the Church
      1. Willis Horst
    3. 2 Toba Qom Spirituality
    4. The Remarkable Faith Journey of an Indigenous People in the Argentine Chaco
      1. Willis Horst
    5. 3 Serving as Guest-Missionaries in the Argentine Chaco
    6. Stories of Accompaniment
      1. Ute and Frank Paul
  6. Part 2
    1. 4 Mission to the Indigenous Communities
      1. Albert and Lois Buckwalter
    2. 5 The Inculturation of the Gospel
      1. Albert and Lois Buckwalter
    3. 6 Why We Didn’t Plant a "Mennonite" Church in Argentina
    4. How God Changed our Minds
      1. Albert and Lois Buckwalter
    5. 7 Important Considerations for Preaching the Gospel to the Toba Indians
      1. Albert Buckwalter
    6. 8 “Why Do Doqshi Always Tell Lies?”
      1. Elmer S. Miller
    7. 9 Perspectives on Accompaniment Style Mission: Responding to Queries
      1. Keith Kingsley
    8. 10 The Bible Circle
    9. Community Bible Study in the Indigenous Setting
      1. Willis Horst and Frank Paul
    10. 11 The Mystique of the Earth
    11. Mocoví Movement (Movimiento Moqoit), Chaco
      1. Juan Carlos Martínez
    12. 12 Holistic Mission – Toba Qom Style
      1. Willis Horst
  7. Appendices
    1. 1. Chronology of the Evangelization of the Toba Qom
    2. 2. Visits to Indigenous Communities
    3. 3. Comparative List of Cultural Traits
    4. 4. Graphic of Chaco Mennonite Mission Transition
  8. Bibliographies
  9. Notes on Contributors
  10. Fraternal Workers on the Mennonite Team (2008)
  11. Scenes from the Life and Context of the Mennonite Team Accompaniment Ministries

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