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Serving God Globally Finding Your Place in International Development

ISBN-10: 0801039843
ISBN-13: 9780801039843
Edition: 2012
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Baker Academic
Publication date: 6/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Dominating the daily news cycle today are the grim realities of grinding poverty, sex trafficking, gender discrimination, child soldiering, HIV/AIDS, failed states, corruption, and environmental breakdown. In the midst of such pain and brokenness, the followers of Christ cannot stand idly by, for God calls them into the mission of reconciling all things, first by easing suffering and then by building flourishing communities through the process of transformational human development. This practical handbook explains what development is, what development workers actually do, and how young people can prepare for mission careers in this field, both in North America and abroad. In addition to setting the big picture for how Christians approach the big questions of international development, the book draws on stories, advice, and wisdom collected from personal interviews with about fifty development professionals.

Roland Hoksbergen (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is professor of economics and international development at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he also serves as director of the International Development Studies program. His current research interests include the role of civil society in Third World development and strengthening partnership networks among non-government organizations. Hoksbergen has also worked for the Christian Reformed Church World Relief Committee.

Preface: Servants at Work in International Development
Acknowledgments
Introduction: God, Yon, and the "World Out There
What to Do and Why: Four Contemporary Views on Development
For God So Loved the World: Insights on International Development from Tour Christian Traditions
Common Ground: Basic Principles for "Working in Development
How Many Niches Are There? An Overview of the International Development Field … and "Where North Americans Fit In
Becoming an Effective Foreigner: "What Kinds of People Are Needed in Development "Work?
Finding Your Way: The College Years
The Early Years after College: Getting from Here to There
Into the Future
Resources for the Road
Notes
Index

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