Nan Tien Temple (Wollongong) teaching

The webiste for the Nan Tien Buddhist temple in Wollongong contains much information about Buddhism. This temple is part of the Fo Guang Shan Chinese Buddhist order, whose headquarters are in Taiwan. It teaches what it calls a form of “humanistic Buddhism”, but much of the information on their site applies to Buddhism in general. Some of the teaching can be found at http://www.nantien.org.au/en/buddhism/knowledge-buddhism Visitors to the temple in Wollongong can also collect plenty of free booklets.

The Spirit of Hinduism: A Christian Perspective on Hindu Life and Thought

This book by David Burnett is a very helpful coverage of many aspects of what Hindus believe. Some sections are fairly challenging, but are still worthwhile reading. It also deals with some more modern Hinduism-based groups, and is full of useful references. Available from Amazon at https://www.amazon.com.au/Spirit-Hinduism-Christian-Perspective-Thought/dp/1854247395/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1533258329&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Spirit+of+Hinduism

Strangers Next Door: Immigration, Migration and Mission

Language the resource is written in: English

Audience for whom the resource is intended: Christian workers, ESL teachers

Focus group: Animist, Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim

Format: Book, e-book

Description: More than ever, North America is being flooded by people from all around the world, many of them here illegally. How should the church respond to these sojourners among us? In Strangers Next Door professor of evangelism and church planting J. D. Payne introduces the phenomenon of migrations of peoples to Western nations and explores how the church should respond in light of the mission of God. As we understand and embrace the fact that the least-reached people groups now reside in (and continue to migrate to) Western countries, churches have unprecedented opportunities to freely share the gospel with them. This book includes practical guidelines for doing crosscultural missions and developing a global strategy of mission. It also highlights examples of churches and organisations attempting to reach, partner with, and send migrants to minister to their people. Discover how you can reach out to the strangers next door by welcoming them into God’s family.

Author: J. D. Payne

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

Year of publication: 2,012

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Where obtained: Book Depository, Kindle

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Comments: Focus is on North America, but still relevant to Australia. Very easy to read.

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/strangers_next_door

Changing Lanes, Crossing Cultures. Equipping Christians and churches for ministry in a culturally diverse society

Language the resource is written in: English

Audience for whom the resource is intended: Christian workers, ESL teachers, mature Christians, trainers

Focus group: Animist, Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim

Format: Book

Description: This is a practical guide to cross-cultural ministry, aimed at aiding Christians as they undertake the crucial, challenging but very rewarding process of interacting across cultures. It’s written so that a person can pick it up and read it, or small groups can study it together over six sessions.

Author: Andrew P Schachtel, Choon-Hwa Lim and Michael K Wilson

Publisher: Great Western Press

Year of publication: 2,016

Price: AUS$18 plus postage

Where obtained: Interserve Australia, online (see below) or by phoning 1800 067 100

Web address, where appropriate: http://www.interserve.org.au/learn/resources/books/changing-lanes

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Gideon Bible app

Language the resource is written in: Other

Audience for whom the resource is intended: Christian workers, mature Christians, new Christians, non-Christians

Focus group: Animist, Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim

Format: Mobile app

Description: A great reading or witnessing tool featuring the Bible in a multitude of languages, plus the Helps from The Gideons. This app will display or speak the Bible in many languages.

Author: The Gideons International

Publisher: Faith Comes by Hearing

Year of publication: 2,016

Price: Free

Where obtained: Android Play Store or Apple App Store

Web address, where appropriate: http://gideons.bible.is/

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TB ministry

Language the resource is written in: English

Audience for whom the resource is intended: Christian workers, ESL teachers, mature Christians, trainers

Focus group: Buddhist

Format: Book

Description: This is a wonderful resource

Author: Fred Dobson

Publisher: Knopf

Year of publication: 2,014

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Breaking the Islam Code: Understanding the Soul Questions of Every Muslim

Author: Greear, JD

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers, Oregon

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Year of Publication: 2010

Format: book

Description: Has good ideas for communicating great Christian concepts

Audience(s): ESL teachers, Christian workers, mature Christians, Trainers

Muslim

Language(s): English

Where Obtained: Amazon Books.

ISBN-10: 0736926380

ISBN-13: 978-0736926386

176 pages

Web Address: A Kindle edition is available from Amazon

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Comment: This has been recommended by woman working closely with Muslims

The Cross and the Lotus. A Study Course for Christians about Buddhism

Author: David Burnett

Publisher: Global Connections Leamington Spa UK

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Year of Publication: 2005

Format: book

Description: This is an excellent introduction to a range of Buddhist beliefs. The concepts are explained very clearly, with sections on how to relate to people of Buddhist faith. Helpful questions for group work.

Audience(s): Christian workers, ESL teachers, mature Christians, Trainers

Buddhist

Language(s): English

Where Obtained: online from Global Connections,

Leamington Spa CV31 1QF

UK

Web Address: www.globalconnections.co.uk/faithtofaithresources/faithtofaith

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Comment: This book is one of a several on world religions published by Global Connections in their Faith to Faith series.

Chinese ministry and culture blog

Author: Andrew Hong

Publisher: Andrew Hong

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Year of Publication: 0

Format: website

Description: This blog relating to reformed second generation Chinese ministry in Australia is very helpful for Christians working with people of Chinese backgrounds. There are various very useful sections to the blog, including Chinese culture, Culture Watch and Statistics on Chinese ethnic people in Australia.

Audience(s): mature Christians, ESL teachers, Christian workers, Trainers

Animist, Buddhist

Language(s): English

Where Obtained: The blog is at www.andrewhong.net/

Web Address: www.andrewhong.net/

Restrictions: None

Comment: Andrew Hong trained for ministry at Moore Theological College in Sydney and pastors a second generation Chinese ministry in Sydney.

He writes about the unique challenges of understanding Chinese culture and reformed evangelical second generation ministry. He also loves statistics that shed light on such ministry.

Amdo for Jesus – a website for Amdo Tibetans

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Year of Publication: 0

Format: blog

Description: This is site designed for people working with Amdo Tibetans.

Audience(s): mature Christians, Christian workers

Buddhist

Language(s): Tibetan

Where Obtained: Online at http://www.amdoforjesus.com

Web Address: www.amdoforjesus.com

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Comment: Much of this site is in English. It includes resources and prayer requests for workers amongst Amdo Tibetans. Although designed for people working in Amdo areas of the world, it may be useful for those who encounter Amdo Tibetans living abroad.