n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Sent out: African missionary work in the West, Kwiyani H.C. : book review

Volume 43, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



This book is an enjoyable and informative read which reveals the joys (mostly) and despairs of an African missionary working in the USA. It exposes readers to current thinking and practice in missiological thinking and can be a useful resource for those working with and in immigrant diaspora. Communities. This is area in which there is a great need for intercultural understanding and this book is a serious attempt to provide it. It is written out of diligent study and experience within the church and it reflects the rapidly changing face of church and mission today. We are clearly living in a new era of mission and this is vastly different from the colonial form of mission we all recognise. This is often characterised by the term 'reverse mission' but that is a misnomer but it is a necessary attitude towards mission taking account of the decline of Christianity in the West. To remain a global faith Christianity needs to humble itself in the name of the redevelopment of Christianity worldwide. However, this takes place within a very culturally diverse Christian faith where diaspora Christians often exist quite apart from the Christian communities in which they live, partly because of the community they find there. A significant difference is that many diaspora Christians do not migrate primarily to propagate their faith - yet they bring their faith expression with them and it is not easily welcomed or integrated in traditional western Christian forms, eg. of worship. This postcolonial firm of Christianity is therefore unique.

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