In Our Own Languages: The Story of Bible Translation in Sudan / Land of Promise: Church Growth in a Sudan at War / Seeking an Open Society: Interfaith Relations and Dialogue

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In Our Own Languages: The Story of Bible Translation in Sudan.

By Janet Persson. Nairobi, Kenya: Paulines Publications (P.O. Box 49026),1997. Pp. 47. Paperback $2.

Land of Promise: Church Growth in a Sudan at War.

Edited by Andrew C. Wheeler. Nairobi: Paulines Publications, 1997. Pp. 152. Paperback $4.

Seeking an Open Society: Interfaith Relations and Dialogue in Sudan Today.

Edited by Stuart E. Brown. Nairobi: Paulines Publications, 1997. Pp. 104. Paperback $4.

"Struggling to Be Heard": The Christian Voice in Independent Sudan, 1956-1996.

By Barsella Gino and Ayuso Guixot Miguel Angel. Nairobi: Paulines Publications, 1998. Pp. 127. Paperback $4.

Gateway to the Heart of Africa: Missionary Pioneers in Sudan.

Edited by F. Pierli, M. T. Ratti, and A. C. Wheeler. Nairobi: Paulines Publications, 1998. Pp. 160. Paperback $4.

Announcing the Light: Sudanese Witnesses to the Gospel.

Edited by Andrew C. Wheeler. Nairobi: Paulines Publications, 1998. Pp. 228. Paperback $7.

Sudan, the largest country in Africa, has been involved in civil strife for over forty years. This conflict is sometimes referred to as the silent crisis because so little is known of the conflict and the suffering of the people. This series of six booklets begins to break the silence of the very dynamic church in Sudan and the conditions that shape and form its existence. Andrew Wheeler and William Anderson, editors of the series, have more than sixty years of mission work experience in Sudan and East Africa with the Church Missionary Society and the Presbyterian Church (USA), respectively.

The editors have chosen to call upon a series of writers to share their viewpoints as a method to approach church growth, the struggle with diversity, Bible translation, church history, and personal witness in Sudan. This approach does not lead to a tight, definitive thesis for each subject but does call upon the reader to recognize the dynamic and fluid context within Sudan, where the church is experiencing phenomenal growth and a strong sense of unity. "Whilst we are aware that there is rapid growth, the scale and the reasons for this growth are little understood, and neither has much consideration been given to the significance of this for the future of Sudan, and for the future of the African Church as a whole. These papers do not pretend to answer these important questions, but each opens a special and vivid window on the experience of the Sudanese Church at the present time. …