Yohannan, K.P. Against The Wind. Finishing well in a world of compromise. GFA Books. 2004.
K.P.Y.- founder and director of Gospel for Asia.
This author (resource) represents the ‘literal and factual’ (to use a term from the last book review) paradigm of Christianity. The author admits that he sees things in terms of black and white. This paradigm has proven successful in the author’s life and the organization he represents. Although he and his wife live in Texas, their ministry is in Asian, third world countries. This may explain why this paradigm works for them. The book is dedicated to those who are involved in the Gospel for Asia ministries and this gives the book a very exclusive focus. The endorsements come from leaders of ministries that represent ‘midcentury (1900’s) missionary endeavours.
Unusual results in ministry happen because of unusual commitment to a “higher calling” (25) and an unusual life style, e.g. working five hours a day and praying five hours a day. Timothy is an example of one who responded to such a higher call. God’s call is specific. It is not a job it is a ministry that is characterized by integrity.
Effective ministries cannot happen without the filling and empowerment of the Holy Spirit. It calls for self-discipline that is of unusual severity impacting every area of one’s life. It always requires courage.
There is no substitute for complete dependence on the Lord in ministry. Disciple making is synonymous with leadership. Suffering is part of a life that is committed to being a Christ-follower. Ten principles are suggested that when followed will avoid the trap of self-centred living.
A work ethic is part of effective ministry. Each day should begin with an hour or two of study of the Word (“Inductive Bible Study method” 150) A servant of God must continually strive for inner holiness. Grace and discernment are basic attributes of spiritual leaders.
The criteria for mentors and mentoring are very high. Evangelism is portrayed as ‘rescuing people (sinners) from a burning building (hell). Finishing well is a choice.