A Long Walk, a Gradual Ascent


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Wipf & Stock Publishers
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7.0 X 10.0 X 0.89 inches | 1.66 pounds

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About the Author

Nancy Thomas, along with her husband Hal, has served among the Aymara peoples of Bolivia since 1972. Her special areas of ministry in the field were in theological education and the training of local writers. She has her PhD in intercultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and is a published poet (Of Deity and Bones, The Secret Colors of God, and Close to the Ground).


""In this fine book by Nancy Thomas, the history of the Bolivian Friends Church (INELA) is outlined in clear and engaging form. It tells the story of one of the most successful missionary projects in the twentieth century, and it also sheds light on how the Spirit's leadings helped people overcome obstacles and challenges, making advances for the kingdom in the highlands of South America."" --Paul N. Anderson, Professor of Biblical and Quaker Studies, George Fox University, Professor of Religion, North-West University of Potchefstroom, South Africa

""A Long Walk, a Gradual Ascent is a magnificent history, grounded in rigorous research and written with uncommon clarity. The book effectively uses engaging stories about key persons and events to develop its themes. This careful account of a Bolivian church includes thoughtful exploration of issues of cross-cultural witness, missionary practice, indigenous development, and more. It should reward both those who study missions and those who have long loved this church."" --Howard R. Macy, Professor Emeritus of Religion and Biblical Studies, George Fox University

""The New Testament book of Acts has no ending because the Holy Spirit is still recording the stories of the birth and building of Christ's church. With over two-thirds of the world church now in the South and East of the globe, it is urgent that we research and write the local histories of the church's birth and life everywhere in the world. This very readable, fascinating, transparent, carefully researched, and lovingly told story of the Friends Church among the Aymara people of Bolivia is an important contribution."" --Charles Van Engen, Professor Emeritus of Biblical Theology of Mission, Fuller Theological Seminary