Abundant Harvest: Stories of Asian Lutherans

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This book acknowledges the active involvement, struggles, ministries and contributions of dedicated Asian Christians in spreading the good news among Asian peoples. It is unique because its main purpose is to record the stories of indigenous Lutheran leaders, lay and clergy, who had/have made distinguished contributions. This book is also special as it acknowledges the firsts who have distinguished themselves by having broken ecclesio-social barriers that have kept them from exercising their authentic selves, capacities and rights in serving the church and society. Therefore this is not an attempt to write another history of Lutheran churches in Asia seen this time by Asian Lutherans; rather it seeks to narrate the people s history from the vantage point of the people. So this volume is valuable in being the first book of this kind; second, in its illustrative coverage and depiction of Asian Lutherans in Asia as well as in diaspora; third, in helping Asian Lutherans themselves to become better acquainted with the leadership, lay and clergy, past and present, of the various churches in Asia and North America; fourth, in its writing style, intended for both casual readers and professionals interested in Asian Lutherans; and fifth, in its capacity to serve as the foundation for individuals doing research on the subject of Asian Lutherans.

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Edmond Yee is Professor Emeritus of Asian Studies, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS). He was also a member of the Core Doctoral Faculty for the Graduate Theological Union of which PLTS is a member school. Both institutions are in Berkeley, CA. Dr. Yee has a BA degree from Midland College; an MDiv from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary; an MA from San Francisco State University; and his CPhil and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley."

J. Paul Rajashekar is the Luther D. Reed Professor, Systematic Theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Rajashekar has a BA from the University of Mysore, 1968;a BD from the United Theological College, 1971; an STM from Concordia Seminary-Seminex, 1974;his PhD from University of Iowa, 1981

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This fascinating book presents a cast of characters too long neglected by the Lutheran church....Their stories put a welcome crack in our Eurocentrism. --Jane Strohl, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, California

This book is an important source of information about our own people who contributions are no known to most of us. --David Udayakumar, Principel, Gurukul Lutheran Theological College, Chennai, India

An insiders and indigenous account of Lutheran history in Asia...invoking a collective Asian Lutheran identity. --Williiam Chang, Secretary for Aisa and the Middle East. Lutheran World Federtion, Geneva, Switzerland

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