Threads: One Family's Unlikely Adventure in Business, Mission and Church Planting

Threads: One Family's Unlikely Adventure in Business, Mission and Church Planting

by Arlene Richardson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985219215
Publisher: Pioneers-USA
Publication date: 06/01/2012
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Arlene Richardson is founder of HeartCraft, an organization that helps people in need by marketing products from small and medium-sized enterprises in the developing world. She is also involved in Pioneers, a mission organization with work in 95 countries. Arlene and her husband, Steve, who is the president of Pioneers-USA, have four daughters and live in Orlando, Florida.

Table of Contents

Part 1

Foreword 11

Introduction 13

Special Delivery 15

New Beginnings 27

Trials & Treasures 43

The Little Village Woman 57

Part 2

Life Lessons 69

Important Decisions 77

The Pages of Your Life 85

An Arranged Marriage 95

Time for a Wedding 107

Part 3

From Scraps to Quilts 117

Quilt of Tears 133

Doctor's Orders 151

A Modern-Day Boaz 161

Business as Blessing 177

A Broken Nose 191

Dolls to Reach an Island 203

Letting Go 217

Today and Beyond 229

About the Author 235

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Arlene Richardson does us a favor by reminding us in her book, Threads, that it is possible to bring people from diverse viewpoints and religious perspectives together for a common good. Writing from the perspective that God might use her efforts to make a difference in the lives of unreached peoples, Arlene takes a step of faith and launches HeartCraft ... and the impact is powerful. Read this book expecting God to use you, too, even when you least expect it.

Bob Creson, President/CEO

Wycliffe Bible Translators USA

Threads tells the inspiring tale of one woman’s adventure that became the genesis for business as missions. Arlene Richardson’s story is one of faith, innovation and love that continues to impact lives around the world.

— Ken Burenga, Former President & Chief Operating Officer

Dow Jones & Company

In a world of unreached people groups and growing hostility to a Christian witness, marketplace ministries are becoming more and more relevant in making the gospel accessible to the nations. Threads is the intriguing account of a young missionary who launched a grassroots business enterprise long before it was recognized as a valid methodology. The reader will be inspired to read how God worked through cross-cultural adjustments and personal challenges to reach the hearts of the people. Not only did the gospel take root through this innovative vision, it continues to flourish, as does the business.

— Jerry Rankin, President Emeritus

International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Cconvention

In her new book, Threads, Arlene Richardson beautifully captures the creativity and challenge involved in the cross-cultural missionary enterprise. In her down-to-earth, conversational style, Arlene relates the thrilling story of a quilt-making venture that has grown into a business enterprise which has provided employment and spiritual hope to thousands of people in the developing world. Set against the backdrop of a larger effort to reach the as yet unreached, it is a poignant story filled with adventure and color. Threads comes from Arlene’s heart and is squarely aimed at our hearts. Reading it enlarged my vision for the unreached and heightened my passion for the work of Christ in the world.

— Dr. Jim Stevens, Senior Pastor

Christ Community Church, West Chester, Pennsylvania

What a blessing! Threads is the thrilling story of what God can do when ordinary people follow him in obedience and trust to venture not only into new contexts and relationships, but into new and innovative undertakings for which they feel totally inadequate except for God’s faithful and directing presence with them … and of the incredible ripple impact that such a venture can have in bringing together people continents apart to advance God’s purposes among the least-reached peoples of the world.

— Gary R. Corwin

Missiologist, serving with the International Office of SIM

Associate Editor, Evangelical Missions Quarterly

More than a great God-story of a unique international business adventure among Muslims that required vision, entrepreneurship, persistence, partnership and prayer, this page-turner also breaks new ground. Of the current top 25 books on Business as Mission (BAM), all are authored by males! What a welcome addition, and contribution Arlene Richardson makes to this growing body of literature with her engaging book, Threads.

— Tom Steffen

Cook School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University. Co-author with Steve Rundle of Great Commission Companies

Threads is a modern-day version of the loaves and fishes miracle. Arlene Richardson tells her amazing journey of watching God turn some old, forgotten scraps of fabric into an industry that blesses the nations. May our Lord weave a tapestry composed of thousands of similar businesses focused on the world’s unreached that produce eternal results for the Kingdom of God.

— Debby Jones, speaker & author

Lady in Waiting: Becoming God’s Best While Waiting for Mr. Right

Threads is a powerful autobiographical account of the life and work of the “Quilt Lady,” Arlene Richardson, and her family’s decade of life, work, business and ministry in Southeast Asia. Readers be warned: this is a real page-turner. Block some time for this one. You won’t want to leave it until you are finished. Much more than a superb BAM (Business as Mission) case study, this is the story of a faith journey to share the transforming truth of Jesus Christ with a persecuted people who had never embraced the gospel. It is packed with life’s lessons and God’s blessings—prayer, faith, grace, obedience, miracles, sacrifice, suffering, and more. Thanks, Arlene, for this one. My students will love it!

— Mike Barnett, Ph.D., Dean, College of Intercultural Studies

Columbia International University

This is a must read for anyone thinking about doing cross cultural ministry among unreached people groups. Arlene Richardson tells her spellbinding story of how God surprised her, by using the business she founded to bless others and start a movement of people becoming followers of Jesus. You will laugh, cry and shout for joy as you relive this exciting story of obedience and victory!”

— Durwood Snead, Director of globalX

North Point Community Church, Alpharetta, Georgia

Easy to read, intriguing and a fresh look at the reality of one woman’s steps of faith to make an eternal difference. This is a must read for any woman who seeks to be a Proverbs 31 woman and make her life count for Christ.

— Bob Sjogren

President, UnveilinGlory

Threads will keep you reading like a gripping novel. This is the true-life experience of a young missionary wife seeking to follow God’s desire to meet the physical and spiritual needs of an unreached Muslim people group. The resulting successful ministry presents a strong case study usable as a text in intercultural studies. Threads incidentally demonstrates the outworking of the core values of Pioneers.

— Dr. Edwin L. (Jack) Frizen, Jr.

Mission Consultant, Pioneers

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