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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EasyEnglish

Author: Wycliffe Associates (UK)

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Price:

Year of Publication: 0

Format: electronic file

Description: EasyEnglish is a form of simple English developed by Wycliffe Associates (UK). These Bible Studies and other items are free for you to download and use.

overview of books of the Bible, Bible dictionary text, commentary and questions in simple English ( Intermediate level) longish passages but very comprehensive website

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

Animist, Atheist, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim

Language(s): English

Where Obtained: web

Web Address: www.easyenglish.info/bible-study/index.htm

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Comment: I used this for extra information in a series of Bible studies. I gave this to more advanced learners who could understand more English

submitted by: Vivienne Cole Vision Christian Family and Interserve culture connect

Background to Chinese Culture and Religions

Author: Victor Tow

Publisher: Anglicare, Diocese of Sydney

Price:

Year of Publication: 2010

Format: book

Description: A good introduction that helps people working with Chinese people from China, the Chinese diaspora, or with Australian-born Chinese.

Audience(s): Christian workers

Animist, Buddhist

Language(s): English

Where Obtained: Anglicare Parramatta NSW

Web Address: www.anglicare.org.au/our-services/migrant-refugee-services/esl

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Keys. Unlocking the gospel for Muslims

Author: Colin Bearup

Publisher: WEC

Price:

Year of Publication: 2009

Format: book

Description: The author of this book proposes a Scripture teaching approach for reaching out to Muslims.

Audience(s): non-Christians, mature Christians, Christian workers, Trainers

Muslim

Language(s): English

Where Obtained: From WEC on 1300 788 566

Web Address:

Restrictions: None

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MyLanguage – serving multicultural Australia

Author:

Publisher: The State & Territory Libraries of NSW, QLD, SA, VIC, WA, NT and ACT

Price:

Year of Publication: 2011

Format: website

Description: This is an update of a 2005 portal site. The new website is extremely useful and broad-ranging. MyLanguage national manager, Brendan Fitzgerald, says the new MyLanguage is all about making life easier and more inclusive for Australia’s non-English speaking population. It aims to provide a hub where public libraries and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities can actively share information resources and programs to support culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The introduction to the site says: “The site is still in the beta testing phase but please send us back your feedback at the bottom of each page. Add your programs and events online and join in conversations across the site.

My Language is a joint partnership between the State & Territory Libraries of NSW, QLD, SA, VIC, WA, NT and ACT.

As a way of enriching Australia’s linguistic and cultural cyberspace, seven State and Territory Libraries created this portal in 2005 to enable people to search and find information on the internet in over 65 languages. Since then My Language has provided access to over six-million information links: search engines, web directories, government websites, digital library projects and syndicated news headlines.

My Language supports the social inclusion agenda of governments through building digital inclusion for CALD communities, especially with new technologies and Web 2.0 opportunities. As a result in 2010 an updated vision and new objectives marked a significant shift for the project as described below.

Vision

We will use information technologies to enable libraries to empower CALD communities to:

Achieve greater social inclusion; and,

Maintain and enrich cultural and linguistic identity.”

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

Animist, Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim

Language(s): Welsh, Vietnamese, Turkish, Thai, Tamil, Tagalog, Swahili, Spanish, Serbian, Russian, Romanian, Punjabi, Portuguese, Polish, Pashto, Norwegian, Nepali, Marathi, Mandarin, Macedonian, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Hindi, Hebrew, Greek, German, Gaelic, French, Finnish, Farsi, English, Dutch, Dari, Danish, Czech, Croatian, Chinese, Cantonese, Bulgarian, Bengali, Belorussian, Basque, Azeri, Arabic, Albanian, Afrikaans

Where Obtained:

Web Address: http://mylanguage.gov.au/

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Comment: This is a vast and varied site full of useful resources and information.