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The following interview centers around Discipling in a Multicultural World. The interview was conducted by David George Moore. Some of Dave’s teaching videos can be found at www.mooreengaging.com.
Moore: Would you first tell us how your country is doing in light of the Easter day massacres?
Fernando - Addition - Others - Tourist - Industry
Fernando: In addition to the many who died, many others have been affected. Many, especially in the tourist industry, are without jobs’ as tourists have stopped coming to Sri Lanka. Some have been blinded, maimed, or paralyzed. A youth in the Youth for Christ soccer ministry has lost a leg. The sister of one of our staff members has severe brain injuries. The challenge of caring for those affected is as acute as ever.
Sadly, extremists from the majority community seized the anger following the massacres to push their agenda that is hostile to all minorities in Sri Lanka, not only Muslims. There is a lot of confusion among the people and national leaders in response to the bombings, even though Christians (who were most affected) bore good witness to Christ by generally not acting in vengeful ways.
Motivating - Factors - Book
Moore: What were the motivating factors that led you to write this book?
Fernando: I have become very worried recently about the lack of a culture of care for people within the church. People often come to church as consumers to receive blessings from the service, but many do not have anyone to help them personally as they seek to follow Christ. This is a problem for Christian leaders and workers as well as many don’t have leaders who care for their lives. Discipling helps create an atmosphere where people can be personally helped in their walks with God. This, in turn, helps them avoid a substandard Christian experience. If Christians have others they can go to when they face a...
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