After five years of researching, writing, editing, revising, and re-editing, “CHRISTIAN MERCY, Compassion, Proclamation, and Power” is ready to go to press. This will be the fourth book that I’ve written, and I am convinced that God led me to write it to strengthen the faith and resolve of compassionate Christians all over the world and encourage them to follow the teachings and example of Jesus in their work.
Jesus loved the poor, had compassion for the sick and the hungry, preached the Good News to all who would listen, and delivered those who were spiritually oppressed. But his model and teachings differ radically from the humanitarian model and what a growing number of churches are doing in their efforts to help suffering people.
More and more Christians in America and Europe are either following humanitarian teaching or are returning to a model of compassion that in the early 1900’s came to be known as the “Social Gospel.” What few of them understand is that when Christians stop proclaiming the gospel to those they help, God’s power and presence fades from their work. The long-term consequences of the Social Gospel to the Church’s compassion ministries 100 years ago were devastating. Churches that rejected the Social Gospel focused on preaching the gospel and withdrew from most compassion ministries for nearly a century, and churches that embraced the Social Gospel lost their zeal for world missions, failed to attract new recruits to replace those who retired, and abandoned most of their ministries to the poor.
This is why I wrote CHRISTIAN MERCY and why I believe it is a message that the Church urgently needs to hear. Those of us in Christendom who serve in compassion ministries must avoid the catastrophic mistakes that Christians made 100 years ago. I wrote this book and its stories from my heart and from my 35 years of experience as a surgeon for the poor in Africa. It relates what God taught me from his Word, through my experiences, and from my mistakes.
Risks and challenges
The major parts of the project after I receive the funding are printing the books and distributing them to those who have requested them. I have selected and paid for the cover design and I have an experienced partner helping me who completed a similar project on Kickstarter.com.
I have identified a printer to print the books and volunteers from my church who are willing to help me package and ship them to those who pre-ordered them.
The risk is that by the end of 40 days I will not have enough pledges to reach my goal of $3,500 and the project will be cancelled.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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