They come from two different worlds. John (Jiang) Long grew up in rural China where the name Jesus never surfaced. Kevin Avery grew up 8,000 miles away with Christian parents in the suburbs of the United States. Humanly speaking, their paths should never cross, yet this situation changes when they follow a transforming Jesus. Not only does God divinely bring them together to start an international student ministry, but also, he reverses their residences. He plants Long as a pastor in Tulsa and sends Avery as a missionary to China, even to the mountain villages of Long's youth. While in exchanged countries, they become strangers of this world, ready to disciple the nations in reverent brokenness.
About the Authors:
As ordained pastors, both authors have ministered to people globally. Kevin Avery has a master of divinity degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. Currently a hospice chaplain, he and his wife, Dayna, reside in Waco, Texas, with their two children. John (Jiang) Long earned a master of business administration from Oral Roberts University. He is president of International Village ministry and lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, May (Xuemei), and their three children.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One man from America and one man from China live their lives following God's will. It brings them together at a church for internationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Their paths cross and they end up serving in missions in the other man's country. This is a true, heart warming story of mission and example of what it is like to truly live according to God's will. The book presents two corresponding lives and where they cross in following God's path for their lives. Each one is from entirely different backgrounds but dedicated to their mission work. I enjoyed reading this story, which is actually two stories of lives that inter cross. As the saying goes, it is a small world and this only confirms that statement. I liked the honesty and authenticity expressed by both men as they faced their choices and decisions and considered the effects those decisions would have on those around them. Mission work has always been an interest for me and it takes a strong and trusting person to make that step into another country for God. Each man is now an ordained minister, living with their wives and children in the United States. By Miriam from Wheels Have Eyes (Ohio)
"Where Strangers Cross" depicts the life journeys of Kevin Avery and John Long. Through an unlikely chain of events, orchestrated by God, Kevin Avery's and John Long's lives intersect. John grew up in rural China; Avery in the city suburbs in the United States. Both men are seeking to follow God's leading in their lives. John, motivated by dreams of success comes to America for post graduate work at Oral Robert University. Kevin visits Poland on an ESL (English as a Second Language) mission. The book parallels their lives. Their paths cross as they both participate in a ministry to International students. Both men have a heart for pursuing the Lord's call to evangelize, teach, and making disciples (followers of Christ.) John tells his story. Kevin shares his. John becomes a pastor in Tulsa and Kevin is called to China to minister among the mountain villages. They tell of language barriers, cultural differences, differing Christian traditions, and of their concern for the lack of Bible knowledge among Christians today. The writing is engaging. Their message is important. "Where Strangers Cross" reads like fiction with a strong plot and well developed characters. I enjoyed being able to vicariously experience the joy of a global ministry with Kevin Avery and John Long. I was deeply moved many times as I as the Holy Spirit touched my heart. "Where Strangers Cross: East Meets West on a Journey Towards Christ" is a book for any Christian who recognize the value of biography in the process of deepening one's faith and increasing their insight and understanding of spreading the gospel to the international community. By bringing together East and West, the book provides unique insight into international Christian ministry and outreach opportunities. Anyone who enjoys Missionary biographies will find the book unique, inspirational and informative. This is a valuable resource for individuals, Christian school and church libraries. It is a book that should be on the reading list of Bible Schools and seminaries for prospective missionaries and pastors. It inspires Christians to pursue Jesus as they disciple the Nations. The authors are currently involved in Christian Ministry and Missions activities that impact countries in North and South American, Europe, and Asia.