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

Price:

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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My Language Website

Author: Bob Prouty

Publisher: Here’s Life

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Year of Publication: 2010

Format: website

Description: Watch the JESUS film in 800 languages;

Listen to the New Testament in 200 languages;

Read the Bible in 200 languages;

Ask your questions in 10 languages.

Audience(s): non-Christians

Animist, Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim

Language(s): French, Fijian, English

Where Obtained: internet

Web Address: mylanguage.net.au

Restrictions: none

Comment: Watch the JESUS film

Listen the the New Testament

Read the Bible

Ask questions in your heart language

Anglicare ESL materials (16 titles)

Author: Anglicare ESL Writers team

Publisher: Anglicare

Price: $20 – $35

Year of Publication: 2010

Format: book

Description: These resources are aimed at introducing Christianity and the Bible while teaching English.

Although based on the Bible they are not exclusively Bible.

Most come with CD

These resources are now widely used in ESL classes in Australia. Resources are available on CD for those using the resources outside the country or can be downloaded.

Audience(s): ESL teachers, ESL students

Animist, Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim

Language(s): English

Where Obtained: From Anglicare Parramatta 9895 8055 or web address below.

Web Address: shop.anglicare.org.au

Restrictions: Buyer free to copy worksheets for own class.

Comment: submitted by Cathryn Thew previous Diocesan ESL co-ordinator

facetofaceintercultural.com.au

Author: Michael K. Wilson

Publisher:

Price:

Year of Publication: 0

Format: website

Description: This website has lots of free downloads, lots of resources relevant to cross-cultural ministry. Look under “Categories”, e.g. Religions, Studies in Culture, etc.

Audience(s): Trainers, non-Christians, new Christians, mature Christians, ESL teachers, ESL students, Christian workers

Animist, Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim

Language(s): English

Where Obtained:

Web Address: www.facetofaceintercultural.com.au/

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Stepping Into The Shadows

Author: Sookhdeo, Rosemary

Publisher: Barnabas Fund (Australia)

Price:

Year of Publication: 2007

Format: book

Description: This book explores the reasons why so many women are converting to Islam and answers many questions you may have about the issue of its attraction to women. The author unpacks and analyses the problems faced in circumstances such as conversion by conviction or by marriage and addresses the long term implications of such decisions. Essential reading for parents, church leaders or pastors.

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

Muslim

Language(s): English

Where Obtained: Koorong Books

Web Address:

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