In Harm’s Way: A View from the Epicenter of Liberia’s Ebola Crisis

In Harm’s Way: A View from the Epicenter of Liberia’s Ebola Crisis

When long-time American missionary Nancy Sheppard volunteered to work with her friend Nancy Writebol in ELWA Hospital’s Ebola ward, she did not know what to expect. Night after night she worked, suiting up and disinfecting the medical personnel and helping wherever needed. While it was difficult, she recognized she was witnessing something extraordinary.

Author Nancy Sheppard writes, “What am I seeing here? I asked myself. It was invisible to all but me. This dying woman was perhaps the most untouchable person in the world and yet Dr. Brantly was touching her. And he was not just touching her physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. Who was I that I should be granted the privilege of witnessing this? It was somehow both utterly tragic and supremely glorious.”

When, despite following protocols to the best of their abilities, Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly were diagnosed with Ebola, she knew how they would suffer as they fought this deadly disease.

But, “In Harm’s Way” is more than a book about ELWA Hospital’s Ebola ward, it is the story of Liberia itself. Told in the sympathetic voice of one who cares for the country and her people, Nancy explains the multiple societal and cultural factors that have exacerbated the Ebola crisis in her adopted home. Warm and human, this book takes you into Liberia’s epicenter of the war against Ebola. You will not emerge the same.

About the Author
Nancy Sheppard (1960-) was born in Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin, and shared her childhood with three brothers and a twin sister. After college graduation she and her husband Mark felt God was calling them to be missionaries to Liberia, West Africa. Following an idyllic first three years of ministry in the interior of that country, the Liberian Civil War began. This plunged the Sheppard family into a ministry they had never imagined–one among war refugees. God used the many years spent in this difficult work to create a new heart in Nancy, and it is out of that heart she writes. Mark and Nancy Sheppard have been married 33 years and are the parents of six children, ages 7 to 32 years, and the grandparents of three.

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Living Like Lions: 20 Influential Christian Men, Past and Present

Living Like Lions: 20 Influential Christian Men, Past and Present

Christian Church history produced a number of men whose lives reflect the tenacious fervor of lions. In Living Like Lions each man challenges us to rise above the contemporary definitions of masculinity and embrace God’s goodness and godliness. These short Christian biographies reveal the tenacity, strength and love necessary to lead in the home, community, and church. Watch as a monk stands face-to-face against the emperor of Rome – a bishop defies armed soldiers – an artist resurrects hope for the lost.

Living Like Lions is perfect for both casual reading and small group study. Learn about each of the following spiritual giants:

Oswald Chambers
C.S. Lewis
Woodrow Wilson
William Wilberforce
Jim Elliot
Augustine of Hippo
Ambrose of Milan
John Chyrsostom
John R. Mott
David Brainerd
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
G.K. Chesterton
Athanasius
Makoto Fujimura
Blaise Pascal
R.G. LeTourneau
Johann Sebastian Bach
Dr. Francis Collins
Brother Lawrence

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Review
“It’s a biblical truth that as iron sharpens iron so does one man sharpen another. Like a blacksmith with his anvil, Duren strikes eachpage harder than the last. He takes the very marrow of these men andsaturates each page, paragraph, and sentence.

All of mankind has something God-given living inside them, waiting to beignited, waiting to be awoken. Living Like Lions doesn’t just seek tokeep us accountable for our sins and successes– it seeks to wake us up. It seeks for us to live a grand adventure.” – Melissa Perea, author of Seeds of Hate and Dismantled Sun

“When one imagines a lion, a majestic animal supremely in control comes tomind. With Christ we can be in control. We can find our role and moveforward in love just as these 20 men did, as so artfully described by J. R. Duren. I highly recommend this book to inspire you to do justthat.” – Doug Cornelius, author

“With so manyexamples of lives poorly lived out there, it is so refreshing toglimpse the inner workings of 20 lives that made a difference. Although many are familiar names, as I moved through the book I began torealize how little I knew about several, to say nothing of those I hadpreviously not known.”

It is not simply areader’s digest synopsis of the individual, but the art of the book isin J.R.’s relentless bringing forward of the key points as challengesinto our lives.” – Tom Trotter, missions paster
From the Author
I believe there is a strong, decisive man in each one of us. Years of mistakes and regret bury that strength and decisiveness. So, we fight our way through life feeling like something just isn’t right; that something is broken.

I don’t want to live like that, and I know most men don’t want to live like that. Each man’s in Living Like Lions pushes us to uncover the masculinity we’ve lost.

My hope for you is that Living Like Lions makes you question everything you know about being a man. Not a questioning that makes you doubt who you are, but a questioning that digs down into your identity and uncovers the strength and leadership you’ve always wanted to find.

Be aimless no longer. Think for yourself. Lead. Be strong. Love Jesus. That’s the message of Living Like Lions.

What God Desires

What God Desires

Reverend Wendell E. Mettey chronicles his ongoing journey of faith, determination and vision in his sequel biography What God Desires. In What God Desires: The Story of the Center for Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief, Reverend Mettey shares a candid account of the struggles and successes the ministry experienced through a ten-year span.

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Wendell Mettey grew up in Cincinnati, OH and has a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Reverend Mettey has served as Pastor for several churches in the Cincinnati area. In 1991, after visiting war-torn Nicaragua and witnessing the poverty and devastation, he felt called by God to resign from his church and begin Matthew 25: Ministries.

Reverend Mettey and his wife Mickey (Michelle) have three children; Tim, Clare and Aaron. Wendell and Mickey are also the proud grandparents of Ethan, Sydney, Olivia, Cora, Noel and Ashlyn.

Reverend Mettey is the author of numerous devotional & inspirational publications. These include “Are Not My People Worthy? The Story of Matthew 25: Ministries” (released in 2004); “What God Desires The Story of the Center for Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief” (released in the 2008); “On Which Side of the Road Do the Flowers Grow?” (released in 2009), “Meet Those Who Met the Master” (released in 2012), and “Lost and Found, Stories of Christmas” (released in 2013). In addition to these books, Reverend Mettey has published several compilations of stories, sermons and reflections.

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On Which Side of the Road Do the Flowers Grow?

On Which Side of the Road Do the Flowers Grow?

Synopsis: During his years pastoring an inner-city church, Wendell Mettey discovered that God uses even the most blemished vessels to bring beauty into the world. In On Which Side of the Road Do the Flowers Grow?, Pastor Mettey shares the humorous and touching stories of his diverse congregation— ordinary people whose lives were infused with an awareness of God’s real and abundant grace.

On Which Side of the Road Do the Flowers Grow? is an excellent text for use in a small group or study class. The story-chapters provide a comprehensive, close-ended format for each session. Study guides are available to be used in conjunction with the book.

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About the Author

Wendell Mettey grew up in Cincinnati, OH and has a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Reverend Mettey has served as Pastor for several churches in the Cincinnati area. In 1991, after visiting war-torn Nicaragua and witnessing the poverty and devastation, he felt called by God to resign from his church and begin Matthew 25: Ministries.

Reverend Mettey and his wife Mickey (Michelle) have three children; Tim, Clare and Aaron. Wendell and Mickey are also the proud grandparents of Ethan, Sydney, Olivia, Cora, Noel and Ashlyn.

Reverend Mettey is the author of numerous devotional & inspirational publications. These include “Are Not My People Worthy? The Story of Matthew 25: Ministries” (released in 2004); “What God Desires The Story of the Center for Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief” (released in the 2008); “On Which Side of the Road Do the Flowers Grow?” (released in 2009), “Meet Those Who Met the Master” (released in 2012), and “Lost and Found, Stories of Christmas” (released in 2013). In addition to these books, Reverend Mettey has published several compilations of stories, sermons and reflections.

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Missionaries Are Real People: Surviving transitions, navigating relationships, overcoming burnout and depression, and finding joy in God

Missionaries Are Real People: Surviving transitions, navigating relationships, overcoming burnout and depression, and finding joy in God

Are you struggling with real life issues but feel pressure to keep them inside because you are a missionary? Are you a family member or friend of a missionary who desires to better understand your loved one? Are you preparing to move overseas and want a more accurate picture of what to expect?

Missionaries Are Real People takes an honest look at what life is really like on the mission field. Ellen Rosenberger grapples with the real problems, needs, and emotions that missionaries experience. She brings to light the struggles that are not talked about but are very real. She writes openly about depression and burnout, exploring the difficulties of transitions and overcoming conflict. Ellen addresses abuse, struggles with faith, and grief. By talking about these normally overlooked issues, Missionaries Are Real People aims to bring clarity and healing to silent hurts.

Maybe you are a missionary who longs for someone to understand your struggles and name your issues. You think, I can’t let anyone know I am struggling with this, especially because I’m a missionary! Perhaps you feel debilitated by the stereotype that “missionaries are perfect” as you are living in the reality of your own brokenness and imperfection. You might feel as though you cannot express the under-the-surface issues that you are facing on the mission field.

Having grown up on the mission field and having spent most of her adult life there, Ellen knows what it’s like to have struggled to live under the pressure to be perfect. She’s felt the pain of hidden struggles and masked-over issues. And she’s experienced freedom and healing in being vulnerable about her imperfections as a missionary. This book is not about methodology or theory, but about real life stories and experiences. It’s about the multi-faceted dynamics of missionary relationships with all their joys and struggles.

Missionaries Are Real People unveils the unspoken realities of missionary life. Not for the sake of shaming but for the purpose of restoring. The time is now to break down stereotypes, to speak up for what is really going on, and to seek solutions. Let’s not delay another day. There might be a missionary’s life that depends on it.

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About the Author

First-time author, Ellen Rosenberger, has lived most of her life in the Latin American countries of Bolivia and Nicaragua. She grew up as a missionary kid in Santa Cruz, Bolivia from the age of four until she graduated in 2000 from Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center. In 2004, she received a Bachelor of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Ellen moved to Managua, Nicaragua in 2005 where she met her husband, Luke. She taught English Language Learning and Pre-School at Nicaragua Christian Academy until 2011, when she became a mom. Ellen has a passion for helping people grow in their personal and spiritual lives. She is a talented musician, who loves leading others in authentic worship of the one true God, who delights in His people. When she’s not feeding, clothing, or reading to one of her children, Ellen loves to write, take naps in the hammock, read, play volleyball, and watch “The Voice.” Ellen is a loving wife to Luke, her husband of 7 ½ years, who teaches Computer and Bible classes at NCA where he developed a youth group program. She is a nurturing mom to three kids under five, David, Emily and Lucy. The Rosenberger family moved from Nicaragua to Colorado in June of 2016, where Luke is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Denver Seminary.

Making Radical Disciples: Multiply Disciples in a Discipleship Movement Using 10 Proven Reproducible Bible Studies (Follow Jesus Training) by Daniel B. Lancaster

How to Make and Multiply Disciple-Making Disciples — EVEN if you are a new believer.

Making Radical DisciplesDon’t know how to make disciples? Want a step-by-step plan that’s SPIRITUAL? Need a strategy for making disciples that others can copy? Ever wish you make a real impact in the lives of others?

What you need is a system that shows you how to make disciples quickly, while giving them the tools to be transformed daily. That’s how you can make a real difference in this world.

Discipleship is a huge need in the church today. The problem? It’s not the “just teach this lesson” method used by well-meaning believers. The secret is transformation through obedience to Christ’s commands and not learning information alone.

In the book Making Radical Disciples, you’ll get a 10-Step plan that actually works. Unlike other studies, you’ll discover the strategy Jesus used and uses to make disciples and specific steps you can follow.

STOP using discipleship materials that depend on the teacher and not the Holy Spirit.

Another mistake believers make is thinking “making disciples” requires a bible college degree or deep spiritual maturity. You should NEVER let these kinds of constraints keep you from obeying the Great Commission. Jesus lives in you and will help you make disciples, if you will depend on Him and follow His Word.

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Follow a proven 10-Step Plan for Making Disciples

Making Radical Disciples details a step-by-step approach for making a passionate follower of Jesus. The best part? You will become more like Jesus as you teach others to do the same.

You’ll learn how to:

  1. Use eight pictures of Christ that help disciples grow strong in God
  2. Start a discipleship group that obeys the Great Commandment
  3. See where God is working and join Him
  4. Share a powerful testimony
  5. Share the gospel in a genuine way
  6. Develop an Acts 29 map to focus your discipleship efforts

You can make disciples! Just follow this guide and you’ll learn a proven system for multiplying disciples.

About the author

“Real Life-Change in an Hour or Less”

Making disciples shouldn’t be hard. Way too many discipleship programs sound good at first, but end up on the shelf because they don’t produce disciples. What you need (and what Dan provides) is a guide to follow the method Jesus used to make disciples. He has designed each lesson to help you solve a specific disciple-making obstacle.

In his books, Dan provides practical bible studies that anyone, whether a pastor, mentor, mother, or prayer group, can easily remember and share with others. Unlike other disciple-making and Christian-living guides, his content focuses on taking simple action steps that make all the difference. Instead of reading theories that rarely work in the real-world, you’ll get information that can be easily applied. He doesn’t promise the world. But he always delivers step-by-step strategies you can immediately implement.

When not writing, Dan likes to train others, read, and explore different parts of the world.

Want to know more? Then scroll down the page and check out the different eBooks Dan has published…