My wife and I have just completed eight years (on and off) working for a Christian charity in China, on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau. A sudden visa refusal, presumably prompted by the wider political situation affecting Tibet, forced us to return to the UK with just a few weeks’ notice.
During our time in China, I developed a growing concern for the way in which Christians engage with the obvious issues of injustice that affect life for many ordinary Tibetans. Concern became torment as I sought to trace the roots of some of these issues.
On our return to the UK a friend suggested we attend the Willow Creek Church leadership summit in the United States. One of the speakers encouraged Christian leaders to take note of the ‘positive deviants’ in their midst, realising that sometimes they will be on the leading edge of a God-inspired new initiative. I hope and pray that this short book will be unadulterated positive deviancy of exactly this sort.
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John Scawen offers insights and opinions from his eight years of development work on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau. He has worked alongside Tibetans, eaten in their homes, slept in tents on the grasslands, and heard first hand of the painful effects of modernization on cultural Tibetan areas. In this book he asks provocative questions, stirs a sometimes unsettling debate, and ultimately asks of us, 'How can I be a good neighbour to my Tibetan brothers and sisters?'
Christians, Justice and Tibet
Tibet is a casualty of a repressive regime with blindspots big enough to swallow a whole culture. John Scawen writes passionately of the importance of standing for the weak against the strongest and most overpowering odds imaginable.
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