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Books and Essays on Development

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Special annotations begin with the word NOTE below the entry.

Abebe, Mulugeta. 1996
From relief to development in Ethiopia. In Serving with the poor in Africa. Cases in Holistic Ministry series, ed. Tetsunao Yamamori, Bryant L. Myers, Kwame Bediako, and Larry Reed, 15-27. Monrovia, CA: MARC.
NOTE: Several other essays from this book are included in this bibliography. MARC has published three other books in this series, including Serving with the Poor in Asia, in Serving with the Poor Latin America, and Serving with the Urban Poor. This essay shows how one organization is making the transition from relief to development.

Allen, E. Anthony. 1995.
Wholeness, salvation and the Christian health professional. In Transforming health: Christian approaches to healing and wholeness, ed. Eric Ram, 7-38. Monrovia, CA: MARC.
NOTE: Several other essays from this book are also included in this list.

Atkins, Tony. 1990.
What is health? In A new agenda for medical missions, ed. Merrill
D. Ewert, 7-17. Brunswick, GA: MAP.

Batchelor, Peter. 1993.
People in rural development. Carlisle, U.K.: Paternoster.
NOTE: This book is out of print, but we were given permission to reprint it. We can make it available to you on request for the cost of the photocopies. This book is simple, loaded with practical examples from Batchelor's 40 years in agricultural ministry in Africa.

Becken, Hans-Jurgen. 1984.
The church as a healing community. Mission Studies, no. 1: 6-13.

Bediako, Kwame. 1996.
Theological reflections. In Serving with the poor in Africa. Cases in Holistic Ministry series, ed. Tetsunao Yamamori, Bryant L. Myers, Kwame Bediako, and Larry Reed, 181-192. Monrovia, CA: MARC.

Belgum, David. 1984.
The practice of pastoral care: Revisiting the generalist. Journal of Religion and Health 23, no. 1 (Spring): 8-18.
NOTE: This article argues for less specialization in the role of full-time ministers, but applies to the need for more general training for missionaries as well.

Berends, William. 1993.
African traditional healing practices and the Christian community. Missiology 21, no. 3 (July): 275-288.
NOTE: An insightful comparison of Western and African approaches to healing that help us understand how Western medical approaches may be perceived in Africa.

Boateng, John Oduro. 1996.
Reaching the list through community health in Ghana. In Serving with the poor in Africa. Cases in Holistic Ministry series, ed. Tetsunao Yamamori, Bryant L. Myers, Kwame Bediako, and Larry Reed, 93-104. Monrovia, CA: MARC.

Boelens, Peter. 1995.
Primary health care in an industrialized country. In Transforming health: Christian approaches to healing and wholeness, ed. Eric Ram, 171-182. Monrovia, CA: MARC.
NOTE: Describes the holistic outreach of Cary Christian Health Center in Cary, Missippii.

Bradshaw, Bruce. 1993.
Bridging the gap: Evangelism, development and shalom. Innovations in Mission series. Monrovia, CA: MARC.
NOTE: A good theological perspective on relief and development.

Browne, Stanley G. 1956.
Medical missions at the crossroads. IRM 45, no. 179 (July): 278-288.
NOTE: A dated, but timely appraisal of medical missions.

Caes, David, ed. 1992.
Caring for the least of these: Serving Christ among the poor. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press.
NOTE: This book was recommended by Dr. Paul Gibboney.

Cheyne, John R. 1996.
Incarnational agents: A guide to developmental ministry. Birmingham, AL: WMU.
NOTE: One of the texts we use in our introductory course in Development Ministry here at Harding.

Crespo, Richard. 1990.
Community health: From delivery to responsibility. In A new agenda for medical missions, ed. Merrill D. Ewert, 99-105. Brunswick, GA: MAP.

Elliston, Edgar J., ed. 1989.
Christian relief and development: Developing workers for effective ministry. Dallas: Word.
NOTE: An excellent textbook for Development Ministry written by this Fuller professor and former Christian Church missionary to Kenya.

Elmer, Duane, and Lois McKinney, eds. 1996.
With an eye on the future: Development and mission in the 21st century. Monrovia, CA: MARC.
NOTE: A collection of essays in honor of Ted Ward, a leader in development education and research.

Ephraem, Lawrence Mar. 1995.
Health for one million. In Transforming health: Christian approaches to healing and wholeness, ed. Eric Ram, 103-114. Monrovia, CA: MARC.

Ewert, D. Merrill, ed. 1990.
A new agenda for medical missions. Brunswick, GA: MAP.
NOTE: Selected essays are listed separately in this bibliography.

Ferre, Frederick. 1993.
Hellfire and lightning rods. Ecology and Justice Series. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis.
NOTE: Another look at secularism and its influence on Westerners.

Fountain, Daniel E. 1989.
Health, the Bible, and the church. Wheaton, IL: Billy Graham Center.
NOTE: A straightforward critique of Western medical missions written by a physician with more than forty years experience in missionary medicine in Zaiyre.

_________.1990.
Vanga: Health, the church and the government. In A new agenda for medical missions, ed. Merrill D. Ewert, 49-56. Brunswick, GA: MAP.

Granberg-Michaelson, Karin and Wesley Granberg-Michaelson. 1995.
Healing: The church's birthright. In Transforming health: Christian approaches to healing and wholeness, ed. Eric Ram, 237-250. Monrovia, CA: MARC.

Grundmann, Christoffer. 1990.
Proclaiming the gospel by healing the sick? Historical and theological annotations on medical mission. International Bulletin of Missionary Research 14, no. 3 (July): 120-126.

Hilton, David. 1990.
The future of medical mission. In A new agenda for medical missions, ed. Merrill D. Ewert, 119-123. Brunswick, GA: MAP.

Hofman, J. Samuel. 1982.
Using indigenous principles in medical missions. Missiology 10, no. 1 (January): 49-55.

Kaseje, Dan C. O. 1990.
Saradidi: Community-based health development in Kenya. In A new agenda for medical missions, ed. Merrill D. Ewert, 107-118. Brunswick, GA: MAP.

Korten, David C. 1990.
Getting to the 21st century. West Hartford, Connecticut: Kumarian Press.
NOTE: Pay attention to this one! A very insightful book on the need to shift from a relief to a development mentality, written by a former vice-president of USAID.

Long, W. Meredith. 1990.
Control, influence and community health in Bangladesh. In A new agenda for medical missions, ed. Merrill D. Ewert, 87-97. Brunswick, GA: MAP.

Lyu, Hyeong Lyeol. 1996.
Resettling the pastoralists in Uganda. In Serving with the poor in Africa. Cases in Holistic Ministry series, ed. Tetsunao Yamamori, Bryant L. Myers, Kwame Bediako, and Larry Reed, 41-49. Monrovia, CA: MARC.

Macagba, Rufino L., Jr. 1977.
Health care guidelines for use in developing countries. Monrovia, CA: MARC.

Mammo, Alemu. 1995.
Loitokitok child survival. In Transforming health: Christian approaches to healing and wholeness, ed. Eric Ram, 123-135. Monrovia, CA: MARC.
NOTE: Another Kenyan project.

Maphenduka, Evans, and Larry Reed. 1996.
Holistic lending by Zambuko Trust, Zimbabwe. In Serving with the poor in Africa. Cases in Holistic Ministry series, ed. Tetsunao Yamamori, Bryant L. Myers, Kwame Bediako, and Larry Reed, 67-78. Monrovia, CA: MARC.
NOTE: A micro-loan success story.

Millham, Douglas E. 1989.
Training for relief in development. In Christian relief and development: Developing workers for effective ministry, ed. Edgar J. Elliston, 251-67. Dallas: Word.

Montgomery, Laura M. 1993.
Short-term medical missions: Enhancing or eroding health? Missiology 21, no. 3 (July): 333-341.
NOTE: Montgomery did an anthropological study of two short-term medical missions and drew somewhat negative conclusions form the evidence, but she also suggests ways to improve such efforts.

Mosley, W. Henry. 1990.
Principles of community health. In A new agenda for medical missions, ed. Merrill D. Ewert, 33-40. Brunswick, GA: MAP.

Muchena, Olivia N. 1996.
Sociological and anthropological reflections. In Serving with the poor in Africa. Cases in Holistic Ministry series, ed. Tetsunao Yamamori, Bryant L. Myers, Kwame Bediako, and Larry Reed, 169-180. Monrovia, CA: MARC.

Musasiwa, Roy. 1996.
Missiological reflections. In Serving with the poor in Africa. Cases in Holistic Ministry series, ed. Tetsunao Yamamori, Bryant L. Myers, Kwame Bediako, and Larry Reed, 193-210. Monrovia, CA: MARC.

Myers, Bryant L. 1999.
Working with the poor: New insights and learnings from development practitioners. Monrovia, CA: World Vision.

Myers, Bryant L. 1996.
At the end of the day. In Serving with the poor in Africa. Cases in Holistic Ministry series, ed. Tetsunao Yamamori, Bryant L. Myers, Kwame Bediako, and Larry Reed, 213-224. Monrovia, CA: MARC.

Myers, Bryant L. 1991.
Egypt to Israel: Health care and sustainable development. In Health, Healing and Transformation, ed. E. Anthony Allen, Kenneth L. Luscombe, Bryant L. Myers, and Eric R. Ram, 87-96. Monrovia, CA: MARC.

Ortiz, Manuel. 1990.

Development ministries. Urban Mission 7, no. 5 (May): 3-6.
NOTE: On development principles applied in urban settings.

Payne, Ruby K. 1995.
Poverty: A framework for understanding and working with students and adults from poverty. Baytown, TX: RFT Publishing.
NOTE: An excellent book recommended by Central Dallas Ministries on the resources the generationally poor often lack besides money. Payne is an educator in South Texas who has worked mostly with Mexican immigrants.

Ram, Eric, ed. 1995.
Transforming health: Christian approaches to healing and wholeness. Monrovia, CA: MARC.

Rowland, Stan. 1990.
Meeting physical and spiritual need: Community health evangelism. In A new agenda for medical missions, ed. Merrill D. Ewert, 67-76. Brunswick, GA: MAP.

Sarmiento, Eleazar O. 1995.
Medical Ambassadors Philippines: Primary health care. In transforming health: Christian approaches to healing and wholeness, ed. Eric Ram, 201-214. Monrovia, CA: MARC.

Schlabach, Gerald W. 1990.
And who is my neighbor? Scottdale, PA: Herald Press.
NOTE: A devotional guide with suggested group activities based on the story of the Good Samaritan.

Schwehn, Mark R. 1992.
The academic vocation: "Specialists without spirit, sensualists without heart"? Cross Currents 42, no. 2 (Summer): 185-199.

Seaton, Ronald S., and Edith B. Seaton. 1976.
Here's how: Health education by extension. Pasadena, CA: William Carey.
NOTE: An older book with practical advice.

Shaffer, Roy. 1990.
Community-based health development. In A new agenda for medical missions, ed. Merrill D. Ewert, 41-47. Brunswick, GA: MAP.

Suderman, Robert J. 1998.
Calloused hands, courageous souls. Monrovia, CA: MARC.
NOTE: This book was originally published in Spanish by this author with long-term experience in Latin America.

Taylor, John V. 1975.
Enough is enough. London: SCM Press; reprint, 1977: Minneapolis: Augsburg (page references are to reprint edition).
NOTE: I love this essay by a long-time African missionary on the danger of exporting to other parts of the world the insatiable thirst for more things in the name of development. At some point we have to say "enough is enough!"

Tshimika, Pakisa. 1990.
Hospitals and community health: An issue of complementarity. In A new agenda for medical missions, ed. Merrill D. Ewert, 77-86. Brunswick, GA: MAP.

Tyler, Mary. 1996.
AIDS awareness and challenge, Uganda. In Serving with the poor in Africa. Cases in Holistic Ministry series, ed. Tetsunao Yamamori, Bryant L. Myers, Kwame Bediako, and Larry Reed, 29-39. Monrovia, CA: MARC.

Van Reken, David E. 1990.
Medical missions and the development of health. In A new agenda for medical missions, ed. Merrill D. Ewert, 19-31. Brunswick, GA: MAP.


Van Reken, David E. 1987.

Mission and ministry: Christian medical practice in today's changing world cultures. Wheaton, IL: Billy Graham Center.

Village Technology Handbook. 1988.
Arlington, VA: Volunteers in Technical Assistance.
NOTE: A boy scout manual for grownup missionaries! How to make everything from stabilized soil blocks to a homemade washing machine.

Voorhies, Samuel J. 1996.
Community participation and holistic development. In Serving with the poor in Africa. Cases in Holistic Ministry series, ed. Tetsunao Yamamori, Bryant L. Myers, Kwame Bediako, and Larry Reed, 123-148. Monrovia, CA: MARC.

Warner, Paula M. 1990.
African healer vs. missionary physician. EMQ 26, no. 4 (October): 396-404.
NOTE: A contrast between African traditional and Western medical practices, similar to the article by Berends listed above.

Watts, Michael. 1991.
Visions of excess: African development in an age of market idolatry. Transition (1991): 124-141.

Werner, David, and Bill Bower. 1982.
Helping Health Workers Learn. Palo Alto, CA: The Hesperian Foundation.
A companion volume to Werner's more famous book entitled Where There is No Doctor.

Yamamori, Tetsunao. 1993.
Penetrating missions final frontier: A new strategy for unreached peoples. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity.
NOTE: Yamamori, president of Food for the Hungry, shows how relief and development can open doors that would otherwise remain closed. Describes their work in nations like North Korea.

Yamamori, Tetsunao, Bryant L. Myers, Kwame Bediako, and Larry Reed, eds. 1996.
Serving with the poor in Africa. Cases in Holistic Ministry series. Monrovia, CA: MARC.