<a href="https://biblicalmissiology.org/author/ahoussney/" target="_self">Andre Houssney</a>

Andre Houssney

Andre Houssney is a Lebanese American with many years of global ministry experience. From an early age he has engaged international students including Muslims. Having lived in Lebanon and Egypt and traveled in over 30 countries, Andre has a wealth of knowledge of cross cultural issues in relation to missions. His studies in Ethnomusicology have prepared him well to help national believers to produce ethnic worship music. Among others, he has worked on projects in Sudan, North Africa, Lebanon and Kosova. For the last 12 years Andre has been on staff with Horizons International with numerous responsibilities not the least of which is teaching in the Engaging Islam seminars in various locations nationally and globally.Andre has a passion to see the missionary movement restored to its biblical roots. Andre is also president of Sambah Naturals, a mother company for Zambian Soap company and Zambeezi organic lip balm http://www.sambahnaturals.com/

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    Who wrote this article? Wonderful observation! Thank you! This has been my thought for years. This was my reaction when I watched heroic Indiana Jones type tv showmen who go deep into jungles and join tribes. The showmen drug themselves and feel very sick while tribesmen are used to those drugs (to the admiration of the tv showmen). So you watch them cutting their skins, bodies and hear comments full of excitments for such unique and natural customs.

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    Well presented. Exhibits such as this, of the Global Zoo, in a missions context have little to do with gospel expansion. They promote the idea of the “other”; of the exotic; of those who are not like us. The gospel is the message of the universal answer to common humanity. The gospel draws us into one Body, union with Christ. The Global Zoo promotes the agenda of anthropology and not of the One, Holy (separate), Catholic (all-encompassing), Apostolic (common foundation) church.

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    This also leads me to think that perhaps this line of thinking contributes greatly to the desire to “produce” disciples. People want to get behind winners, ministries that succeed. And what better way to demonstrate the winnings than to be able to throw up some heart wrenching pictures of people bedraggled and sad – the targets of all the good things we can do to soothe our rich, Western guilt. Exploitation of people for the sake of the “Industry of Missions” is sad. Yet God is raising up those who will stand and be faithful to the ministry of the Word no matter what the cost, and will be dedicated to making Christ known, rather than scoring converts.

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