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Revolution in World Missions: A Challenge from the Heart

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,776 Ratings  ·  272 Reviews
This is a book about mission. Interesting and heart warming challenges are discussed.
Paperback, 212 pages
Published November 30th 2001 by GFA Books (first published December 1st 1969)
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Lana Shaw
Sep 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book shakes all of your cultural foundations. Honestly written, KP's story of experiencing America for the first time opens our eyes... it challenged me to pursue real change.
Apr 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
If you're not a Christian this is a very dry read . Full of statistics and methodologies , Revolution in World Missions is a plea to Western Christians . If you are unfamiliar with Eastern missionary efforts this book may come across as harsh . The books plea is that affluent Christians in the west need to quit wasting time money and efforts into sending their own missionaries to the Asian nations and start supporting national missionaries . The author believes the issue Western Christians have ...more
The stories in this book are astounding and heartbreaking. Reading this, you know God is working in crazy ways, and that satan is real and trying to wreck people. The power of God is so evident throughout the stories.
K.P Yohannan writes about his first impressions of America during his first trip there and its truly eye opening seeing it from his view. I think he is a bit angry at the blessing of America and acts as if Western Christianity is useless. When in fact, despite any upbringing, poor
Apr 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
This book really changed my heart. The book began with the wonderful story of the man who started Gospel for Asia. But as it progressed he went in to details about the culture shock he experienced when first coming to America. He opened my eyes to how lucky I am and how often I neglect to think, feel, or live that way.
In the second part of the book he also talked about the importance of native missionaries and their important role in bringing the Gospel of Christ to the lost souls in the two-thi
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: church-missions
Mr. Yohannon makes an excellent case for supporting native missionaries rather than sending missionaries from the West into unreached territories overseas. Not only do the native missionaries cost less, but they already know the language, customs, and culture and are far more attractive to their fellow citizens than foreigners are.

This book is also part autobiography that inspires, convicts, and entertains. The only downside is Mr. Yohannon's sales pitches for his own mission agency. I am sure t
Chuck Engelhardt
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent book. I was very challenged and made to think! There were a few parts that i didn't agree with, but where i did, i did whole-heartedly. :))
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, missions
This book is a well-written, tactful, passionate, objective presentation of the indigenous missionary movement. It is directed toward Christian Westerners in wealthy democratic nations (Americans, UK, Australia, New Zealand). And above all the book and its author, K.P. Yohannan, present a Biblical, God-centered philosophy of missions and of the Christian life (which things should be inseparable).

When I picked up this free book to begin reading, I was fully aware that its purpose is to raise awa
Jeremy Zilkie
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-books
I have heard about the "mission effort" in the church since I was a child. I have heard many missionaries speak and read many missionary biographies. KP's story and ministry philosophy is unique. He is the first ministry leader to advocate for strong indigenous/native missions to include oversight and control.

For centuries the Western world has been sending missionaries overseas and great things have been accomplished as great sacrifices were made by those who went and sent them. Yet it does se
Dec 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: missions
This was a convicting book. Having recently returned from a trip to India, I've seen the immense poverty and hardship in that country. A huge percentage of the world's population lives far below the standards we enjoy in the U.S. Yohannan is director of Gospel for Asia, and their primary goal is to support native missionaries in Asia. For many reasons, natives can minister more effectively than Westerners in most Asian countries. God is doing an amazing work in the Third World. The Church is exp ...more
Josh Meares
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. K.P. Yohanan's testimony is amazing. The work God is doing through native Indian missionaries is amazing.

One MAJOR caveat: This book can give the impression that Asia does not need white missionaries. I know many people, including myself, came away from the book feeling as if we had no place in the Asian church. But that is a complete misunderstanding of the gospel. Asia needs white missionaries, black missionaries, etc. Just like America needs Korean missionaries and
Mar 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ths is a MUST read for anyone who wants God's heart for the World!

Yohannan is an incredible voice for worldwide evangelization, and for making the changes in missions philosophy of the western church that will help facilitate that goal.
The first part of the book is a frightening comparison of the Biblical mandate that God has given us to 'Go unto all the world and preach the gospel to all 'ethnae' (people groups), and the reality of the vast numbers of people groups and individuals who are cu
David Garza
I found this book very challenging. The main point that the author is trying to make in this book is that the most effective way to reach the lost throughout the world is to utilize indigenous missionaries (aka Indians evangelizing Indians). He makes some very strong points. Indigenous pastors are much less expensive than sending Westerners. The language barrier is difficult and time consuming for Westerners to overcome.

There were a couple of things that bothered me. First, he lays into America'
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has changed my entire perspective on missions, and with good reason. I've always been very drawn to missionaries and had been planning on becoming one with my family to India. Of course in learning how unlikely it is for people to be transformed by Christ by white missionaries where the country does not freely allow missionaries compared to national ones and how it was described in this book really opened my eyes for instead wanting to support those who are already in Asia spreading th ...more
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
I don't want to criticize Yohannan because the Lord is obviously doing great work through him, but this book was not very well written.

It is a short, easy read, but also extremely repetitive with no real conclusions. Thinking back, it seems more like a sales pitch to get money for GFA then a story about anything. I liked the stories of what was actually happening through GFA, but it was a very dry read. I don't really have a biased opinion of missions, I think it is ridiculous that we do spend s
Aug 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every Christian who has lost sight of what being a "Christ" like Christian is all about.
Shelves: spiritual
This book is INCREDIBLE! It will give you a different outlook on life. It really brought me back to what being a "Christ" like Christian is all about.
KP Yohannan has clearly pinpointed the truths about many American churches. We are indeed a "Sleeping Giant" with a need to deny our flesh, pick up our cross and follow the plans of our God!
Everyone living in the USA should read this book. This book is also FREE, Visit and request a free copy. Or ask me! I will gladly give you mine = D
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
An interesting, insightful, and thought-provoking book about world missions.
There were a few things that I might not quite agree with all the way, or have something to add, but overall, it was a challenging book.
Brian Eshleman
Read it if you want to know how God is moving on the worldwide stage and if you are willing to be changed in the process. Don't read it if you wish to stay comfortable with how you looked at the world before you open this book.
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
• K. P. Yohannan. gfa books, a division Gospel for Asia. 212 pages.
• Revolution In World Missions. The title told me that a major change within the missionary field was and is occurring. Once I saw the cover, I swear my heart stopped. It told me exactly the type of book I was reading and how it was slightly different than your usual bibliography.
• It drew me instantly with the cover: a street road fades into an old dirt road, a huge grassy plain, and leather feeling on the touch of the top of a
Rob Sumrall
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can honestly say that I'm not sure if I love or hate this book.

K. P. Yohannan is founder of Gospel for Asia. In Revolution in World Missions, he shares both the story of his life and his vision for evangelizing the remaining unreached people groups of Asia, particularly in India. The book is well-written, making clear arguments with which the reader may or may not agree. One thing the reader cannot deny, though, is the unbridled passion that Yohannan has for missions, the Gospel, and the unrea
Heidi Masas
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
-Published by Gospel for Asia. 212 pages.
-The title "Revolution in World Missions" really caught my attention, given that I've had a massive interest and desire to be a part of missionary work. The title truly grasped the plot of the book.
-The fact that the word "Revolution" is in large print on the cover made me stop to think before putting it down and checking out another book. As a follower of Christ, I know the importance of a spiritual revival and revolution in the world. As I continued ex
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yohannan's Revolution speaks to a paradigm shift in how American churches organize missions. He argues for the end of what he calls "neocolonial" missions, where westerners venture into unevangelized areas spreading the message of an American denomination. Instead, he believes that the Gospel is best furthered when the unsaved are approached by evangelists from their own culture. These so-called "National Missionaries" are better able, he argues, to reach, serve, and convert third world populati ...more
Mar 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
This is a great book by Brother K.P. to advocate for giving missionary funds to native missionaries. Their sponsorship is very similar to sponsoring a child, where they would send you a picture of the native missionary & his/her testimony. Reading this book will make you feel guilty about the native missionaries' journeys, so don't read it if you're the type of person who has a hard time saying no. I received this free book by chance on the Internet. I think this book itself is worth a donat ...more
Brent McCulley
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: missiology
After stumbling upon a banner on a Christian website advertising this book for free, claiming that this book 'would change you life,' I decided to order the book. Needless to say, this book definitely did change my perspective on a LOT of things. Brother K.P. exhorts Americans to return to the gospel call and the great commission, vowing that this age is not the age of the Western missionaries going to the East, but rather, national or indigenous missionaries - who can be well equipped and train ...more
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
KP Yohannan gives a vivid and powerful look at current state of south Asia and how Western Christians, in the USA specifically, can follow God by assisting missions there. As an Indian who has also lived in America, he gives a much-needed perspective on the Western Church in a relatable manner. I would definitely recommend this to all Christians in the US, as I think this perspective is not heard often (if at all).

As a note, Yohannan focuses specifically on the 10/40 window (mainly India). Whil
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I agree with much of what the author espouses within this book, I disagree wholeheartedly with his characterization of Western missionaries serving in Africa and Asia. My frustration stems from the author's tendency to stereotype all non-national missionaries as cultural elitists bent on promoting a social agenda and neglecting God's call to evangelism. Not only are his broad statements false, but they discredit the calling of thousands of men and women serving the Lord in the two-thirds w ...more
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book that transpires the meaning of ministry in the Church and in the world. K P Yohannan talks about how Christ transformed his life and how He lead him in forming the Gospel for Asia.

I'm from India and was raised in a church that preached the values of the Bible from the Gospel perspective. I've always had questions on why my church was not active in the social service aspect. Reading this book, enlightened me with the understanding of the primary emphasis of my church in prea
Aug 25, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: none
Recommended to Michele by: online source
While the first few chapters were interesting and compelling, the monotony of reading the same information written in a different way chapter after chapter made finishing the book unbearable. His slamming the West for not giving up everything and living meagerly in order to support the building of churches and schools in Asia was stated over and over. While I might agree with supporting native missionaries I don't believe that he should be winning people to this ideal by trying to guilt them int ...more
Brandon Stiver
Very challenging book. It definitely opened my eyes to a big thing that God is doing amongst our Asian brothers right now. I love how Yohannan is totally unabashed in his view of the American church and its stark contrast to not only the native missionaries of Asia, but to the New Testament church as well. It has really caused me to look at my own life as a missionary in Tanzania and evaluate my effectiveness. More importantly, its encouraged me to really invest in the lives of the people here, ...more
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was one powerful book about the mission and the things that are overlooked in the Body of Christ. The main thing that captured me about reading this was the testimonies, I felt the Spirit of God just reading how people came to know Jesus Christ, by the gospel of Jesus Christ. I was very inspired by reading this, cause it answered my questions that I was curious about. I also love how the author expressed how bias America is and how we take things for granted, that is painfully true. In addi ...more
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DR. K.P. YOHANNAN, founder and international director of Gospel for Asia, has written more than 200 books, including Revolution in World Missions, an international bestseller with 3 million copies in print. He is on the board of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Association, and his Road to Reality radio program airs on more than 900 stations worldwide. He and his wife, Gisela, have two gr ...more
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