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REVISITING NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRY & KEYS TO PARTNER MORE EFFECTIVELY

by Stuart Simpson

This insightful new book revisits ministry among Native Americans and highlights 5 keys that not only address the errors of the past, but as Native Americans rise up to fulfil their God-given destiny, will also facilitate more effective partnering with the non-native Church in order that God's Kingdom purposes might be realized.


TAKE COURAGE (a series of 4 books!)

- FINDING COURAGE IN GOD FOR LIFE

by Michelle J. Simpson

Full of stories and anecdotes, along with biblical truth, this book will be a great source of help and encouragement to many.

 

THE SECOND ACT

- THE REMARKABLE STORY OF MISSIONARY JAMES O. FRASER'S SUCCESSOR

by Stuart Simpson

This is the story about Stuart's close association with one of the most successful missionaries in the modern era, along with 20 key principles and lessons we can learn from Fraser's life and ministry, still applicable today.

FINDING GOD IN CHINESE CHARACTERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 by Stuart M. Simpson

A unique pack of 25 Chinese characters with bi-lingual explanatory guide.

A great tool for anyone with Chinese friends and in ministry to Chinese!

As Wilberforce is regarded as the liberator of slaves, Lord Shaftesbury is traditionally thought of as the champion of factory children even though he was at the head of virtually every campaign to get humanitarian legislation in the middle of the nineteenth century. 

In championing industrial emancipation, Lord Shaftesbury fought for workers’ rights in factories and mines, for the protection of women and children from exploitation, for safety regulations, and for the ten-hour working day.  As a result, the Factory Acts were passed which restricted the hours of work for women and children.  He also championed the Lunacy Act which transformed mental asylums from hell-holes and places of entertainment for visitors into places where patients were treated with dignity and respect.  Author and theologian, Ian Bradley, summarises Shaftesbury’s achievements,

In 1842 he had carried through Parliament a measure outlawing the employment of women and boys under ten in coal mines and so ended one of the greatest scandals of the Industrial Revolution. Three years later he was responsible for legislation regulating madhouses and lunatic asylums, which brought to a culmination years of agitation on behalf of the mentally ill. Within twelve months of steering the Ten Hours Acts through Parliament, Shaftesbury secured a Government grant to enable a thousand ragged school children every year to emigrate to start a new life in the colonies. In 1853 he promoted the first piece of legislation designed to secure decent housing for the working classes, the Common Lodging Houses Acts. He served as Chairman of the permanent Commission on Lunacy set up by the Government in 1845 and of the Board of Health, established in 1848. In 1855 he was responsible for organising the Sanitary Commission which went out to the Crimea in 1855 and, according to Florence Nightingale, saved the British Army there.

Shaftesbury was indeed the "professional philanthropist" par excellence. Almost all his waking hours were given up to philanthropic ventures. When he was out of Parliament in 1846, he spent his days touring the slums of London in the company of a doctor and an evangelist from the London City Mission. Shaftesbury did as much for humanitarian causes outside of Parliament as he did within it…

Every humanitarian cause with which Shaftesbury's name was associated he had initially taken up because he felt that in doing so he was obeying the commandment of God…

Shaftesbury's great achievement was to establish it as the right and duty of the state to interfere in the organisation of industry and commerce to protect the interests of the workers.[i]

This workingman’s hero is still honoured in London City by a statue in Piccadilly Circus, generally known as Eros, but officially The Angel of Christian Charity.[ii]  The statue, on top of a memorial fountain, depicts an arrow of Christian love, originally directed towards Shaftesbury Avenue, but symbolic of the love that pierced the world through the work of Lord Shaftesbury. 


[i] Ian Bradley, Enlightened Entrepreneurs, 129-131.

[ii] While the statue is generally believed to depict Eros, it was created as an image of his twin brother, Anteros, who, as "The God of Selfless Love" was deemed to represent the philanthropic 7th Earl of Shaftesbury suitably (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Statue_of_Eros#Shaftesbury_Memorial_and_Eros).