BOOK REVIEW: Photographer captures lives of courageous missionaries

rbennett@idahostatesman.comJuly 6, 2014 

  • 'EQUIPPING SAINTS FOR SERVICE: HOW MISSION READY IS REDEFINING REMOTE VILLAGE EVANGELISM'

    by Robert JC Morgan (Boise); Aloha Publishing ($49.95)

Publisher's summary: In 2005, Rob Morgan founded Mission Ready Inc., a nonprofit organization that works to prepare and equip indigenous Christian missionaries to answer God's call to evangelical missions in extremely remote areas of the world.

Rob shares beautiful photographs and amazing stories from his personal journey of discovery. He joins with fearless missionaries who risk everything to bring the message of salvation through Jesus Christ to people in isolated villages throughout Ethiopia and Ghana, Africa.

Mission Ready Inc. provides resources and removes barriers for those seeking to enter active missionary service throughout the world.

Its primary effort is to support those nationals who are already faithfully ministering in secluded areas where no one else will go.

My take: Morgan's book is a good size (8.5 by 11 inches and 90 pages), and every page is filled vivid photos taken from his trip to remote villages in Ethiopia and other African countries, some of them reminiscent of a National Geographic spread. And although the pictures seem to be the main focus of the book, the vignettes describing Morgan's experiences and brief stories of the people he met, coupled with Bible verses that add description and depth to the photos and quick stories, are what add to the impact.

The book also talks about the goal of Mission Ready and what it's doing in developing countries in the area known as the "10-40 Window" (a band of countries between 10 and 40 degrees north latitude, from western Africa through Asia).

My rating: As a person with several family members overseas in remote locations for missionary work, I found this book to be very interesting and relevant. It's definitely worth the read.

If you do purchase it, 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Mission Ready to support remote village evangelism activities, and Mission Ready is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, so all donations are tax-deductible.

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