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Finding Your Place In International Development. 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.
Roland Hoksbergen has over twenty-five years of experience in the field of international development. In this practical handbook, he 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 culled from personal interviews with about fifty development professionals. Each chapter ends with action steps and reflection/discussion questions for group use. This unique vocational resource for students interested in mission and development work will serve as a text for global studies, development, intercultural studies, and missions programs.
Introduction: God, You, and the World Out There
1. What to Do and Why: Four Contemporary Views on Development
2. For God So Loved the World: Insights on International Development from Four Christian Traditions
3. Common Ground: Basic Principles for Working in Development
4. How Many Niches Are There? An Overview of the International Development Field . . . and Where North Americans Fit In
5. Becoming an Effective Foreigner: What Kinds of People Are Needed in Development Work?
6. Finding Your Way: The College Years
7. The Early Years after College: Getting from Here to There
8. Into the Future
9. Resources for the Road
"At last, I have a book I can enthusiastically recommend to Christians looking for direction on how to get involved in the world of international development. Hoksbergen's book is thoughtful, engaging, hopeful, and practical." --David Livermore, author, Serving with Eyes Wide Open and Cultural Intelligence
"A wonderful combination of excellent scholarship, gripping stories, and practical wisdom. A wise, indispensable guide for those contemplating working in development." --Ron Sider, author, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger; president, Evangelicals for Social Action
"What does a career in international development look like, and how does one prepare for such a career? If those are questions you've ever asked, I strongly recommend that you read this book. Not only is it generously seasoned with stories of practitioners--their personal backgrounds and the experiences God used to prepare them for development work--but it also clearly and fairly considers the 'why' questions from a variety of Christian perspectives." --Steve Rundle, professor of economics, Biola University; editor, Economic Justice in a Flat World: Christian Perspectives on Globalization
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