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Carry the spices

Chua Choon Lan and Tan Lei Yong (eds)
Medical Missions Foundation, Singapore
No price quoted; Pb 259pp
ISBN 978 981 05 9220 2

Anyone interested in medical missions and every would-be medical missionary should read this splendid book. Its 28 short chapters (each with evocative colour photographs) carry the first-hand accounts of some two dozen Singaporean medical missionaries and their families over the last 40 years. It is a reminder to any European or North American missionary of how the cutting edge of cross-cultural missions has shifted to Asia, Africa and South America and that some (often the majority) of their colleagues will be form these regions.

The setting is fresh and contemporary; the principles familiar: personal conversion is essential before service can be contemplated; prayerful parents and wise pastors prepare the way for sacrificial choices; pride is an ever-present snare for the would-be servant of the Lord; the pathway of preparation is often long and tortuous, but God is faithful; issues of culture shock -0 and reverse culture shock – affect us all; and finding the right path for children's education is never easy.

There are accounts from Asia and Africa; from surgeons, public health teachers, dentists and doctors who were led into full time pastoral ministry. Highly recommended.

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