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Torches of Joy: International Adventures

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  501 ratings  ·  18 reviews
"On every continent, in every nation, God is at work in and through the lives of believers. From the streets of Amsterdam to remote Pacific islands to the jungles of Ecuador and beyond, each international adventure that emerges is a dramatic episode that could be directed only by the hand of God. In one generation, the Dani people of Irian Jaya took the dangerous leap from ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published October 31st 2010 by Y W A M Pub (first published April 1986)
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Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
It drags in places, but is an amazing biographical account of the Dekkers missionary work with the Dani tribe in PNG.
Feb 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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This book was great and follows the transformation of the life of John Dekker, how he met his wife Helen (really cute story), and how God led them to become missionaries to the remote Dani tribe that most people stayed away from!

What I really loved about this book is that God is what truly changed the Dani people. The missionaries did not try to change their culture at all, and just wanted to help them learn about Jesus and change their evil ways (such as being war hungry, not really caring for
Jan 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating biographical account of early missionaries to the Dani people of Irian Jaya. Sensitive accounts of the struggles of westerners who had to change their lifestyle drastically, and the gentle ways they reached out to people with very different customs, ensuring that the Gospel message was not tainted with western culture. Well written, if a little slow in places, and some excellent principles as an appendix, such as encouraging locals to run their own congregations, with their own guide ...more
Emma Filbrun
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Torches of Joy is a very challenging, encouraging book. It is challenging in that it clearly lays out the responsibility of the believer to spread the Gospel; it is encouraging in that it shows how lives are changed by the Gospel.

In 1960, John and Helen Dekker went to New Guinea to live among the Dani people.

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This is the real life story of John and Helen Dekker's ministry to the Dani people in the Toli River Valley in Iran Jaya. What a wonderful account of the Dani's first contact with the Gospel of Christ. I was amazed at how the Gospel spread like wildfire from this primitive tribe to others in and outside of the area. God truly transforms our lives when we come to know Him.
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
While not expertly written and dragging in some parts, torches of Joy is still a good read. The amazement of seeing what God can do in such a remote area over powers any deficiency in the authors style.
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book follows John and Helen Dekker through their 20-year missionary experience in Indonesia. The writing style is not very good, but the (true!) story is wonderful. The works of God described in this book are amazing to read about.
Apr 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
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This is one of my favorite missionary books.
Dori Stowell
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a great story of reaching the unsaved tribes in the Toli Valley. 25,000 tribespeople were introduced to Christ by the works of John & Helen Dekker, through the Dani new Christians.
I liked the unusual cultural insights in this book. Didn't care for the writing style.
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
The book started out well and then seemed to get lost somewhere and didn't flow anymore.
Sep 12, 2011 added it
So super duper boring and not at all well written. It was an interesting story, but the author basically has no writing talent whatsoever. No offence.
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Amazing story. So inspiring and encouraging. The power of the gospel is without measure.
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is certainly inspiring. It starts up really strongly and then I think it kind of splinters apart.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
We are really enjoying this book so far. Missionary biographies are a favorite with my daughter. She likens this book about the Dani's of Iryan Jaya with the story of Bruchko (Bruce Olson).
Charity Dušíková
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent and powerful read. What I especially appreciate is its example of evangelism that focuses on speaking of Jesus and the Bible and not propagating Western culture. The approach focused on training up indigenous leaders, spreading literacy, and indigenous leaders then becoming missionaries to surrounding tribes.
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