Sunday, 26 September 2021

Humanity Care: UPGs and SDGs 16


Member Care Updates

Special News--October 2021

Issue 150

Member Care Updates
Expanding the global impact of member care
Working together for wellbeing and effectiveness

Special News--October 2021
Mental Health, Trauma, and Wellbeing

Pathways for Global Mental Health as Mission

See also the WHO's mental health resources for the public.

Global Mental Health (GMH) is an international, interdisciplinary, culturally-sensitive,
and multi-sectoral domain which promotes human well being,
the right to health, and equity in health for all. 

GMH-Map website

Welcome to our 150th Member Care Update!
In this issue we return to the fascinating and crucial area of Global Mental Health as Mission (gmhM), en route to 
World Mental Health Day (10 October), now in its 30th year. How can the Church-Mission Community (CMC)--and each of us and our organizations--be involved in promoting and nurturing mental good health and preventing and healing mental ill health? What are some of the pathways for creatively, competently, and ethically engaging in gmhM, locally through globally?
Mental ill health is a massive, ubiquitous reality with an estimate of nearly 800 million people suffering from a major mental health condition (
Our World in Data, Mental Health, updated August 2021)There are many opportunities for the CMC to delve further into this neglected area of ministry, combining good works and the good news in our churches, communities, countries, and world, on behalf of the wellbeing all people and peoples (Ephesians 2:10)
Keep in mind that gmhM is not simply about developing more CMC resources for treating possible biological and/or psychological conditions or illnesses. Rather it is also about prevention: including bravely facing and ministering into the underlying negative influences on mental health, trauma,  and wellbeing—nefarious life-destroyers like social determinants of health, commercial determinants of heath, poverty, trauma, adverse childhood experiences, corruption, etc. 

Applications. We encourage you to take some time to look through the materials below. They are both inspirational and informative and include articles, conferences, webinars, interviews, and videos. Choose a couple items for further review. Consider a few specific applications--pathways!--for you and your settings. How can we learn from, connect with, and apply some of the resources and examples presented?

Finally, we continue to share 
Reflections and Resources for Covid Care (click the link for access). These materials have been compiled over the past year to support you, others in your life, and your work in mission and member care. We acknowledge that there are many views about this pandemic including how best to manage it and future pandemics via science, policy, and public cooperation.

Going further--see these resources:
--Global Mental Health in Frontier Mission
Member Care Update (December 2018)
Caring for Our Mental Health
Member Care Update (October 2019)
Engaging in Humanity Care: Stress, Trauma, and Humanitarian Work
Christian Psychology Around the World (May 2020)

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Mental Health, Trauma, and Wellbeing
Pathways for Global Mental Health as Mission

How can the Church-Mission Community connect-contribute to GMH, and vice versa?

Three GMH Events

Global Mental Health: Three Strategic Events (5-12 October 2021). Seven power point slides from Kelly's presentation on 23 September 2021 at the meeting of the Psychology Coalition at the United Nations. What major events are happening in GMH and why are they important?

GMH Ministerial Summit, Paris (5-6 October 2021). Integrating mental health/health in/after the pandemic and innovative practices for mental health-human rights (plenaries to hopefully be live streamed and archived).

--World Mental Health Day (10 October) Themes: Mental Health in an Unequal World (WFMH) and Mental Health Care for All: Let's Make it a Reality (WHO)"The overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide." (quote from WHO)

--WHO Mental Health Forum (11-12 October). By invitation and hoping that the main sessions will be archived and available as videos shortly.

Coming soon:

Addressing Mental Health in Global Contexts21 October 2021, 19:00—20:30 EDT Register here. Organized by Fordham University--Psi Chi and the Psychology Coalition at the United Nations.

The Fellowship of Suffering:  Insights for Trauma Healing (July 2021). Harriett Hill. International Bulletin of Mission Research“In a world brimming over with trauma and suffering, what is the gospel? And what is the church? In this article, Harriet Hill explores the church as a fellowship of suffering, drawing insights from her years of experience in trauma healing. She describes the first “Healing the Wounds of Trauma” workshop in 2002 with pastors from war zones across Africa. Then she explores factors that prevent churches from engaging in this fellowship of suffering, countered with reasons the church is ideally placed to be a fellowship of suffering.” (Abstract)
“Trauma healing [
Healing the Wounds of Trauma] is now active in 112 countries, with over 16,000 trained facilitators in Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox churches, and with materials in 148 languages. Versions of the materials have been developed for children, teens, and oral communicators, and they exist in print, audio, and video formats. The materials have been contextualized for a host of audiences, including refugees, inmates, African Americans, military, missionaries, natural disasters victims, and Muslims, and for cultures from Greenland to Sri Lanka. Lessons have been developed on domestic abuse, addictions, abortion recovery, and suicide.” (p.271)

Pathways for GMH as Mission
Perspectives, Resources, Recommendations

Image courtesy and © 2019 JMLOD

Interview: Smith, B., O’Donnell, K., & O’Donnell, M. (27 April 2021). Pathways into Global Mental Health [interview]. Full interview, 55 minutes. See Clip 2--an 8 Minute segment on” Six M’s of Engagement for Global Mental Health: Mindsets, Mentors, Models, Multi-Sectoral, Mainstreaming, Mechanisms.
Presentation: Gingrich, F., & Smith, B. (17 September 2921). 
Pathways to engaging global mental health: Here, there and in-between. Power point of the workshop presented at The American Association of Christian Counselors International Conference, Orlando, Florida, USA.

Global Mental Health
Defining the Domain

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GMH-Map website

Global Mental Health (GMH) is an international, interdisciplinary, culturally-sensitive, and multi-sectoral domain which promotes human well being, the right to health, and equity in health for all. It encourages healthy behaviours and lifestyles; is committed to preventing and treating mental, neurological, and substance use conditions (MNS) especially for vulnerable populations (e.g., in settings of poverty, conflict, calamity, and trauma) and in low- and middle-income countries; and seeks to improve policies and programs, professional practices and research, advocacy and awareness, and structural and systemic, social and environmental factors that affect health and well being.” (based on the original definition in Global Mental Health: Finding Your Niches and Networks, Psychology International, March 2012)

Mental Health and Trauma Resources
Lausanne Movement



--Rediscovering the WHOLE" in Holistic Mission, Lausanne Global Classroom (2021, videos). Eleven episodes from different mental health professionals. Most are around five minutes each. It is a go-to, free training tool to get a good overview on gmhM. Some episodes: Defining Mental Health and Trauma for the ChurchListening to Local Voices and Utilizing Indigenous Riches for Mental HealthEquipping Christians to Better Understand Mental Health Issuesand Mental Health and Ministry

--Building Hope and Resilience in the COVID-19 Storm: Lament, Communities of Care, and the New Normal (2020, article). Gladys Mwiti
Turning the Church's Attention to Mental Health: Binding Up the Broken Hearted (2018, article). Gladys Mwiti and Bradford Smith.

--More Lausanne resources for mental health and trauma ministry 
See also:
Wellbeing for All: Global Mental Health and the Church-Mission CommunityKelly and Michele O'Donnell. Lausanne Movement’s Global Mental Health and Trauma Network (webinar 29 November 2018; watch the video-webinar HERE)

World Health Organization

Just released! Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2030 (updated 21 September 2021). "This updated [Plan] builds upon its predecessor and sets out clear actions for Member States, the WHO Secretariat and international, regional and national partners to promote mental health and well-being for all, to prevent mental health conditions for those at-risk and to achieve universal coverage for mental health services. While the updated action plan includes new and updated indicators and implementation options, the original four major objectives remain unchanged: more effective leadership and governance for mental health; the provision of comprehensive, integrated mental health and social care services in community-based settings; implementation of strategies for promotion and prevention; and strengthened information systems, evidence and research." (quote from website)

Also see: WHO's many mental health resources for the public.

Final Thoughts
More Pathways for GMH as Mission

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"Mental health is increasingly being recognized for its pivotal role in health, sustainable development, and wellbeing for all people and of the planet. In this chapter we highlight several markers that collectively reflect crucial developments and directions for mental health’s global impact. These comprise events, reports, manuals, campaigns, consortia, etc., and this body of markers represent the culmination of a series of articles over the past 10 years to orient colleagues in mental health and across sectors to the domain of Global Mental Health (GMH) (GMH-Map Project). We organize the markers into 10 areas of engagement for GMH Collaboration and conclude with perspectives on working together into the future." (O'Donnell, Eaton, Lewis O'Donnell, 2021)
An example. We recently attended virtually the 75 minute UN High Level Event on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS). It was really good--with both summary/overview comments and practical in-country examples--and we have copied the short overview and list of speakers below.
You can watch the archive on UN TV here: were about 10 speakers and it was moderated by Dr. Mike Wessells. The main focus was on providing MHPSS in conflict settings and integrating MHPSS and peacebuilding efforts.   

NEEM Foundation in Nigeria was one of the featured MHPSS programs/presentations and we want to recommend watching the new video about their work, 30 minutes--a vivid example of what MHPSS looks like, setting it up, measuring needs and impact, etc. Great for us all to get a glimpse beyond only reading the research/studies about mental health in Low- and Middle-Income Settings (LMICs) and in conflict settings. Counseling on Wheels

Stay in touch. We encourage you to stay in touch with these GMH organizations---staying in touch with the issues, developments, resources, colleagues, applications, research, etc.
GMH Action Network
--Mental Health Innovation Network
--Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network

Finally..."The GMH community must join others in the international, multi-sectoral community to advocate for solidarity in common efforts for sustainable development, locally and globally, to stir up and consolidate the best that we can be as individuals and institutions, including: greater empathy for others and mutual reliance on others; greater existential awareness of our finiteness and sense of meaning in life; and greater engagement with others for the common good and protection of the most vulnerable as well as the planet. Positively, the protracted COVID-19 pandemic provides plenty of opportunities for us all- personally, locally, and internationally--to reflect on the types of people we want to be and the types of societies we need to build. Many conversations have been started on the basis of the experience of the pandemic, which must now be operationalized into practical approaches to achieve the types of changes we have to make." (O'Donnell, Eaton, Lewis O'Donnell, 2021)

Kelly and Michèle

Quotes above from: 

GMH: Collaborating for Sustainable Development and Wellbeing (April 2021). A revised version of this article will appear in the forthcoming volume (in press): E.P. Congress, H. Takooshian, & S. Osborn (Eds.), Behavioral Science in the Global Arena. Information Age Publishing.

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Friday, 10 September 2021

Humanity Care: UPGs and SDGs 15

Defining and Redefining People Groups

"The world is a very different place than it was nearly 50 years ago when the people group paradigm was birthed. Should the missions community still view the world as a waffle? Is traditional ethnolinguistic people group thinking still relevant? This issue will address how the waffle barriers are changing. Global trends are creating new social dynamics and changing both the barriers and boundaries by which groups are defined. New hybrid, trans-national and dynamic groupings must be considered for evangelistic purposes, Disciple Making and Church Planting Movements. Most of the material in this issue is important in shaping our thinking. But be alert for heart knowledge as well as head knowledge; don’t overlook the heart-engaging Unreached of the Day prayer section." (quote from website)

Some of the articles:

--People Group Lists and the Challenge of Growing Complexity

--How People Group Information Impacted a Mission Agency

--People Group Information in an African Context

--More Lists, More Data, More Possibilities

Urbanization and Measuring the Remaining Task

Friday, 30 July 2021

Humanity Care: UPGs and SDGs 14


Global Integration Updates 
Special News--August 2021
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Common Ground for the Common Good 
Be the people we need--Build the world we need

Special News--August 2021
Sustainable Development Progress Report 2021
For Better and for Worse

"In Panama City inequality is seen side by side. Panama, April 2020."
Photo: UNDP/Grey Díaz
UNDP Photos of the Year 2020

2020 brought us tragedy and peril. 2021 must be the year to change gear and put the world on track. We need to move from death to health; from disaster to reconstruction; from despair to hope; from business as usual to transformation. The Sustainable Development Goals are more important now than ever. Now is the time to secure the well-being of people, economies, societies and our planet. It is possible. So we must make it happen.  Together.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres remarks to Member States on Priorities for 2021  (28 January 2021)


In this Update we feature the latest progress report by the UN on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, 2021). This Report provides important information on the status of the 17 SDGs and their 169 targets. How are we doing—for better and for worse--in our efforts to eradicate poverty in all its forms; promote peace, justice, and wellbeing for all; protect the planet, etc.?
In addition, we share three sources of information and perspectives to complement this Report from the UN Development Program (UNDP), World Bank, and Our World in Data. And to illustrate some of the real-world challenges—locally through globally--we have included several poignant images from the UNDP for reflection.
We encourage you to look over the Foreword of the SDG Report 2021 (page 2). From there, you may want to review the infographics in the Overview section (page 8 and following) and then probe further into this 68 page Report to consider the mixed progress of one or more of the specific SDGs. There is also a 
five minute overview video HERE. 

Based on the above materials, what are three signs-statistics of serious concern and three signs-statistics of significant hope? Stay informed. Stay involved. Be the people we need.

Covid Care. We also continue to share Reflections and Resources for Covid Care (click the link for access). These materials have been compiled over the past 18 months to support you, others in your life, and your work in mission and member care. We acknowledge that there are different views about this pandemic including how best to manage it and future health emergencies via science, public health policy, human rights principles, and international cooperation.

See these Global  Integration Updates:
March 2021: Global Trends–Perspectives and Priorities from the Sectors
August 2019: Progress Reports–Sustainable Development Goals
--June 2017: Doomsday–Next Stop, Global Dis-Integration?

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Sustainable Development Progress Report 2021
For Better and for Worse

Cover of the SDG Progress Report 2021

“The global community is at a critical moment in its pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More than a year into the global pandemic, millions of lives have been lost, the human and economic toll has been unprecedented, and recovery efforts so far have been uneven, inequitable and insufficiently geared towards achieving sustainable development. The current crisis is threatening decades of development gains, further delaying the urgent transition to greener, more inclusive economies, and throwing progress on the SDGs even further off track.” Excerpt from the Foreword, SDG Report 2021

Sustainable Development Goals Report 2021. United Nations. We encourage you to look over the Foreword of the SDG Report 2021 by UN Secretary-General António Guterres (page 2, excerpts below). From there, you may want to review the infographics in the Overview section (page 8 and following) and then probe further into this 68 page Report to consider the mixed progress of one or more of the specific SDGs. Click HERE for the Extended ReportThere is also a five minute overview video HERE. Stay informed. Stay involved. Be the people we need.

“Had the paradigm shift envisioned by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development been fully embraced over the past six years, the world would have been better prepared to face this crisis – with stronger health systems, expanded social protection coverage, the resilience that comes from more equal societies, and a healthier natural environment. Regrettably, the SDGs were already off track even before COVID-19 emerged. Progress had been made in poverty reduction, maternal and child health, access to electricity, and gender equality, but not enough to achieve the Goals by 2030. In other vital areas, including reducing inequality, lowering carbon emissions and tackling hunger, progress had either stalled or reversed.

As the pandemic continues to unfold, The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2021 outlines some significant impacts in many areas that are already apparent. The global extreme poverty rate rose for the first time in over 20 years, and 119 to 124 million people were pushed back into extreme poverty in 2020. There is a risk of a generational catastrophe regarding schooling, where an additional 101 million children have fallen below the minimum reading proficiency level, potentially wiping out two decades of education gains. Women have faced increased domestic violence, child marriage is projected to rise after a decline in recent years, and unpaid and underpaid care work is increasingly and disproportionately falling on the shoulders of women and girls, impacting educational and income opportunities and health. Notwithstanding the global economic slowdown, concentrations of major greenhouse gases continue to increase. With the global average temperature reaching about 1.2°C above pre-industrial levels, the climate crisis has well and truly arrived, and its impacts are being felt across the world. The pandemic has also brought immense financial challenges, especially for developing countries – with a significant rise in debt distress and dramatic decreases in foreign direct investment and trade….
The challenges are immense, but there are also reasons for hope. The COVID-19 crisis demonstrated inspiring community resilience, highlighted the Herculean work by essential workers in myriad fields and facilitated the rapid expansion of social protection, the acceleration of digital transformation and unprecedented worldwide collaboration on the development of vaccines. A brighter future is possible. We must use the crisis to transform our world, deliver on the 2030 Agenda and keep our promise to current and future generations.”

António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations

“Students plant mangroves, Cambodia, March 2020."
Photo: UNDP Cambodia/Manuth Buth 
UNDP Photos of the Year 2020

Going Further
More Perspectives and Data on Sustainable Development

A highly-instagrammed street stands shuttered and empty, Istanbul, March 2020."
Photo: UNDP Eurasia/Karen Cirillo 
UNDP Photos of the Year 2020

Human Development Report 2020: The next Frontier-Human Development and the Anthropocene. United Nations Development Program. “Thirty years ago, UNDP created a new way to conceive and measure progress. Instead of using growth in [Gross Domestic Product] as the sole measure of development, we ranked the world’s countries by their human development: by whether people in each country have the freedom and opportunity to live the lives they value. The 2020 Human Development Report (HDR) doubles down on the belief that people’s agency and empowerment can bring about the action we need if we are to live in balance with the planet in a fairer world. It shows that we are at an unprecedented moment in history, in which human activity has become a dominant force shaping the planet. These impacts interact with existing inequalities, threatening significant development reversals. Nothing short of a great transformation – in how we live, work and cooperate – is needed to change the path we are on. The Report explores how to jumpstart that transformation.” (quote from web site)

 Abdo Pharaon looks at ruins of his home and Beirut in the aftermath
of the 4 August explosion in Port of Beirut. Beirut, Lebanon, 6 August 2020.”
Photo: UNDP Lebanon/Rana Sweidan 
UNDP Photos of the Year 2020

Word Development Report 2021: Data for Better Lives. World Bank. “Today’s unprecedented growth of data and their ubiquity in our lives are signs that the data revolution is transforming the world. And yet much of the value of data remains untapped. Data collected for one purpose have the potential to generate economic and social value in applications far beyond those originally anticipated. But many barriers stand in the way, ranging from misaligned incentives and incompatible data systems to a fundamental lack of trust. World Development Report 2021: Data for Better Lives explores the tremendous potential of the changing data landscape to improve the lives of poor people, while also acknowledging its potential to open back doors that can harm individuals, businesses, and societies. To address this tension between the helpful and harmful potential of data, this Report calls for a new social contract that enables the use and reuse of data to create economic and social value, ensures equitable access to that value, and fosters trust that data will not be misused in harmful ways.” (quote from web site)

"Women repair a school in Yemen, March 2020."
Photo: UNDP Yemen 
UNDP Photos of the Year 2020

Our World in Data. “Poverty, disease, hunger, climate change, war, existential risks, and inequality: The world faces many great and terrifying problems. It is these large problems that our work at Our World in Data focuses on. Thanks to the work of thousands of researchers around the world who dedicate their lives to it, we often have a good understanding of how it is possible to make progress against the large problems we are facing. The world has the resources to do much better and reduce the suffering in the world. We believe that a key reason why we fail to achieve the progress we are capable of is that we do not make enough use of this existing research and data: the important knowledge is often stored in inaccessible databases, locked away behind paywalls and buried under jargon in academic papers. The goal of our work is to make the knowledge on the big problems accessible and understandable.” (quote from web site)

"The Noyemberyan forestry, Armenia, June 2020."
UNDP Armenia/Grant Sahakyan 
UNDP Photos of the Year 2020

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Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Humanity Care: UPGs and SDGs 13

Integral Mission
Journeying into the UPG-SDG Domain 

In this entry we reconnect with the original purpose for the UPG-SDG focus of these entries and also share a few new resources. This is a journey into integral mission which historically has been part of the Church's work and witness over the centuries.

We launched this blog series in January 2018 and have periodically posted materials since then. Many of the materials are verbatim re-postings of our monthly Member Care Updates. The materials are from many sources and include resources, perspectives, news, stories, etc. Many can stir up sadness and disillusionment Others are more hopeful and inspirational.  

It would be helpful to see a conceptual grid emerge to help guide this venture into the UPG-SDG domain. One example could be using the 17 SDGs as a grid themselves, with applications/examples for different  UPGs.  Or vice versa, there could be a grid focusing on different UPGs and how SDGs are being implemented within them. Regardless of the grid, some good conceptual thinking and analyses are surely warranted for exploring and evaluating this integrative domain! For instance...wold it be possible to have a tangible albeit likely avant garde article on something like Doing Frontier Integral Mission Well: Perspectives and Practices for Sustainable Movements and  Development.

We continue on this integral mission journey with many others around the world and across the ages, emphasizing the person and work of Jesus Christ, ad majorem Dei gloriam.

Kelly and Michele

A Proposal--24 January 2018
We are considering a new series of blog entries (and/or perspectives/articles from various colleagues) that will look at the relationship between UPGs and SDGs: connecting points for collaboration, issues, and opportunities on behalf of some of the most vulnerable, overlooked, and often resilient people in the world. How does the global Church-Mission Community (CMC) involvement in the good news and good works especially on behalf of UPGs relate to the world community's efforts (spearheaded by the United Nations and Civil Society groups) to promote sustainable development especially via the SDGs. And vice versa.  What are some examples of collaboration or non-collaboration, and the results? TBD

Humanity Care—excerpts from Member Care Update, February 2017
“This Update features the newly expanded model for global member care. It emphasizes the missio Dei context for member care and adds a seventh sphere, Humanity Care….Humanity Care, reflects the growing interests and involvements in wellbeing for all people. It surrounds the other six spheres and is itself contained within the missio Dei, that is, the overall work of God in the world through Divine, secular, ecclesiastical, missiological, etc. means. Here is an abridged description of the seven spheres….

Sphere 7. Humanity Care: The Flow of Common Good

There is a tremendous need to address major problems affecting the wellbeing of people and the planet. Both member care and mission provide many opportunities for strategic involvement—at local to global levels—by Christian colleagues [from all backgrounds, across sectors, cultures, countries, etc.] who can leverage their character, competencies, and compassion. Those with member care responsibility in particular are encouraged to connect and contribute in our globalizing world in new ways for the common good while maintaining the focus on supporting the health, resiliency, and effectiveness of the diversity of mission personnel and their sending groups.”

Additional Resources--11 May 2021

Reimagining and Re-envisioning People Groups. Leonard N. Bartlotti. International Journal of Frontier Mission (July-December 2021).Rethinking people groups does not mean eliminating the concept but reimagining and re-envisioning it in light of twenty-first century realities. The essence of my discussion here is reflexive, consciously acknowledging our assumptions and preconceptions. It is also corrective, addressed not to critics but to those of us who embrace and advocate UPG missiology. In this article, I explore ways to reimagine people groups through an upgraded understanding of the concept itself and suggest steps to re-envision the UPG approach in order to maximize efforts to reach all peoples.” (quote from introduction)

Towards an Integral Mission. International Journal of Frontier Missions (April-June 2020). “Frontier missiology stands on the shoulders of spontaneous forums. Two consultations which resulted from these conversations recently published their compendiums, both significant for frontier missiology. This issue spotlights one convened by the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS) in 2018, because we like the way it explored the intersection—a missiological gap— between Jesus movements, relief and development, and the least-reached peoples. Ten principles are addressed in their subsequent publication, Undivided Witness (ad, p. 92; book review, p. 106), and the publisher has generously given us permission to offer you an excerpt (p. 93). The second [compendium] publication is from the “Rethinking People Groups Forum,” which was sparked by discussions at ISFM 2018. Any attempt to clarify the global demographics of the remaining frontiers must address the emerging debate over the concept of “peoples.” After a year and a half of many virtual and face-to-face deliberations, Marv Newell, editor of the Evangelical Missions Quarterly (EMQ), agreed to publish an extensive compendium of those perspectives (now available online from MissioNexus).” (excerpt of the introduction to this journal topic by the editor, Brad Gill)

Undivided Witness: Jesus Followers, Community Development, and Least-Reached Communities
. Edited by David Greenlee, Mark Galpin, and Paul Bendor-Samuel. Regnum Books International (2020). Book review HERE. “Undivided Witness presents ten key principles linking community development and the emergence of vibrant communities of Jesus followers among the ‘least reached’. Twelve practitioners explore this uncharted missiological space, drawing on decades of serving and learning among communities in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and South, Central and Southeast Asia.” (quote from website)


For God So Loved th World: The Church & the Sustainable Development Goals. Edited by Jorge H Barro, Júlio PTM Zabatiero and Welinton P da Silva. Regnum Books International (2021).  “What has poverty reduction, education, health, gender equality and environmental sustainability to do with the Church? What have these to do with God's mission? These are just some of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals, set out in 2015 as "a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030". In this remarkable book, 28 Brazilian specialists reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of each goal and their relation to the mission of God's people. Originally published in Portuguese, Regnum Books is delighted to bring this unique contribution, coming from the continent that introduced the global church to Missão Integral.” (quote from website)