By Rodney Ragwan,J. Jayakiran Sebastian

The paintings of yank Baptist missionaries one of the Telugu humans in India within the 19th century got here to fruition in 1897, whilst Telugus confirmed their very own indigenous missionary association, the Telugu domestic Missionary Society. Six years later, in 1903, the society took the hugely formidable step of sending one among its personal, John Rangiah, to South Africa as a missionary to paintings between Telugus who'd long gone to that nation as indentured laborers.

Vision in development tells the tale of Indian Baptists' paintings in South Africa, paintings mitigated via the negatives affects of colonialism and racism, manifested by way of the overtly racist South African doctrine of apartheid. It examines the values, missions philosophy, and struggles of John Rangiah and of others--men and women--who have formed the historical past of Indian Baptists in South Africa as much as at the present time. In telling this tale, the writer presents a radical heritage of the association Indian Baptists formed--the Baptist organization of South Africa--and its friction-filled efforts to paintings along different Baptist teams.

Informational and inspirational, imaginative and prescient in development serves eventually as a sworn statement of individuals of significant religion who have been up opposed to great odds.

"Vision in growth: Framing the Portrait of Indian Baptists in South Africa fills a spot in Asian and African Church heritage and Missions stories. whereas chosen indigenous African and Asian Baptist members have usually been celebrated in biographies, their social and political impression haven't been properly studied or shared. we're indebted to Rodney Ragwan for this informative, inspirational source which does this for either students and pastors."
- Horace O. Russell
Emeritus Professor of HistoricalTheology and Dean of Chapel, Palmer Theological Seminary

"In this crucial textual content Rodney Ragwan deals a biographical portrait of the 1st Indian-born missionary to South Africa, Reverend John Rangiah, who was once additionally one of many few Asian representatives on the 1910 Edinburgh international Missionary convention. Ragwan's learn brings to mild an early instance of what missiologists this day name 'South to South' project. using insights from post-colonial thought, this publication additionally tells the bigger tale of Indian Baptist paintings in South Africa of the modern interval. This paintings fills gaps in our wisdom of the historical past of Christianity in South Africa for which historians of Christian venture and church leaders in South Africa and in different places could be so much grateful."
-Ben Hartley
Associate Professor of Christian venture, Palmer Theological Seminary

"Rodney Ragwan's imaginative and prescient in development delves into the real, yet too frequently little identified background of the yankee Baptist missionary stream one of the Telugu humans of India. it's a tale of unravel and backbone one of the indigenous missionaries and the following formation of the Baptist organization of South Africa. Dr. Ragwan is to be counseled for a thoughtfully researched, scholarly, yet completely readable work."
-Wallace Charles Smith
Dean, Smith university of Christian Ministries, Palmer Theological Seminary of jap college, and Senior Pastor, Shiloh Baptist Church, Washington, DC

"Rodney Ragwan's imaginative and prescient in development retells the background of yank Baptist and Telegu Indian Baptist missionary endeavors in South Africa, bringing to the fore the 'unsung voices' missed so far. The e-book reminds us that 'history' isn't impartial, nor its job ever entire. Ragwan's narrative demanding situations us to invite: whose voices have not begun to be unearthed? Whose tales has to be heard? This e-book is a vital addition to the learn of world missions.
-Loida I. Martell-Otero
Professor of optimistic Theology, Palmer Theological Seminary of jap University

Rodney Ragwan is a local of South Africa. He serves because the affiliate Director of Eastern's tuition of Christian Ministry (ESCM) at Palmer Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. he's additionally the previous president of the B

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