To God be the Glory
My heart rejoiced while tears streamed down my face as I read Dispatches from the Front: Stories of Gospel Advance in the World’s Difficult Places by Tim Keesee. In the book, Keesee chronicles his travels and the stories of believers and cross-cultural workers from the former Soviet Republics to China, and from southeast Asia to Africa and the Middle East.
From the story of Sunday School teacher Galina Vilchinskaya, a 23-year-old Sunday School teacher who spent five years in prison, to the story of aid-worker Gayle Williams who was gunned down by the Taliban, these stories show faith and hope in the midst of persecution. Dispatches from the Front challenges the comfortable to take the next step in their faith journey, and it challenges all of us to reach out to the nations and do our part in extending God’s Kingdom throughout the world.
For those who have never worked in cross-cultural ministry, this book will open your eyes to the persecution of believers around the world. You are almost guaranteed to see life differently after reading Dispatches, to realize how easy it is to be a believer here in the U.S. Be warned, though. God may use Dispatches from the Front to tug at your heart and involve you in His kingdom work around the world.
Having worked in cross-cultural ministry overseas, I relish books like Dispatches from the Front. Nothing is more exciting that reading amazing stories of God’s power at work in difficult circumstances, of seeing how His grace is sufficient even in persecution and suffering. I rejoice at how the nations are being drawn to Him and the Abrahamic covenant is being fulfilled right before our eyes.
Dispatches from the Front is a book that’s hard to put down once you’ve started reading. It’s one that’s full of emotion as you experience the highs and lows of the very real challenges of living out your faith in Christ in countries where it’s illegal. And, it’s a book that will challenge you personally—are you doing your part to extend God’s Kingdom on earth? Read it if you dare!
About the Author
Tim Keesee is the founder and executive director of Frontline Missions International, which for the past 20 years has served to advance the gospel in some of the world’s most difficult places. He has traveled to 80 countries, reporting on the church from the former Iron Curtain countries to war-torn Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He is the executive producer of the popular DVD documentary series, Dispatches from the Front, and the author of Dispatches from the Front: Stories of Gospel Advance in the World's Difficult Places.
* Note: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for this review. However, the opinions expressed are my own.
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