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A Gentle Boldness

Sharing the Peace of Jesus in a Multi-Faith World

David W. Shenk


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A global citizen. A commitment to sharing the peace of Jesus. A witness to the difference that Jesus makes.

The story David Shenk either begins in Shirati Village in Tanganyika, East Africa, or we might decide it begins among the orchards of Lancaster County, Pa., where farmers with their horses line up a mile for water as they rearrange their loads for their trek home on market day. In either reading, this is a story of mission--a story of people chattering along a roadside spring on the way to and from market.

At age six, Shenk asked his parents, "What difference does Jesus make?" The answer to that question is the reason he became a Christian. Day by day, as he travels in the way of Jesus--living, serving, and ministering around the world--Shenk continues to unpack what difference Jesus makes.

This is the story not just of Shenk and his remarkable work in Christian missions. It's the stories that David has heard within societies, cultures, and religions when he asks the question: What difference does Jesus make?

Herald Press (VA), 9781513801353, 240pp.

Publication Date: September 21, 2021

About the Author

David W. Shenk is the founder emeritus member of the Christian-Muslim Relations Team for Eastern Mennonite Missions. His particular focus is on bearing witness to the peace of Christ in a world of religious and ideological pluralism. He is a professor and author or coauthor of twenty books, including A Muslim and a Christian in Dialogue, Journeys of the Muslim Nation and the Christian Church, Teatime in Mogadishu and Christian. Muslim. Friend.