Sunday, March 9, 2014

Why Not Today Trafficking, Slavery, the Global Church . . . and You

ISBN: 978-0-8024-1083-2
Publish date: June, 2013
Page Count: 288
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5
Format: Paperback
Weight: .77 LBS
Case Quantity: 48

Three hundred million - that's the number of people subjected to slavery, sex-trafficking, discrimination, and unspeakable poverty in India. That's the same number of people as live in the entire United States. They are the Dalit people, the untouchables.

When Matthew Cork, a California pastor, first encountered the Dalits he was shaken to his core. He learned that Gandhi's success at bringing about freedom did not extend to freeing the Dalits from the bondage of the Caste system that has oppressed them for centuries. Cork was moved to commit his church to partner with The Dalit Freedom Network to build 200 schools over ten years, a commitment of over 20 million dollars. And they are doing it. The movement has gained such momentum that a dramatic, feature-length film, Not Today (Nottodaythemovie.com) is being produced and promoted by the same group that did so for Courageous, Facing the Giants, and Fireproof.

This book tells story of the Dalit people and the rising efforts to set them free, in both soul and society. It is a story of both brokenness and hope, of oppression and freedom. It calls the reader to join in the movement to freedom and restoration. The Dalits need your help. Why not start today?


My Impressions:

My passion is for children. So much so that I am working on obtaining my MSW so I can work in missions with orphanages through China and Africa. I have read several books about the caste system in other countries but this book brought tears to my eyes. It was wrote as a personal testimony to the way Christ works and moves in your life even when you do not know the hows or the whys.

The book reads like a movie, filled with heart breaking stories of struggle, abuse, and misfortune all while you see the author in the background working to make changes in each of their lives. He went from being a book knowledge Christian to being a walking, living example of Christ. Not just a hearer of the word, but a doer!

Matthew writes with a passion for his ministry. You feel his love for this cause come across the pages of the book and you cannot help but feel inspired and called to action. This is a book every believer should read. If you are struggling on your faith or you know God is calling you to act, but you do not know how, this book will open your eyes and show you how one man touched the lives of many by simply listening to God and acting.



About the Authors: 

About Matthew Cork
MATTHEW CORK has served in a number of key roles over his many years at Friends Church, including: Worship Pastor, Executive Pastor and the position he currently holds, Lead Pastor. Matthew's focus since 2003 has been on the renewal of Friends Church. He has a strong pastor's heart that has led him to be a key part of transitioning a church in crisis. On a trip to India in 2007, Matthew saw firsthand the plight of the Dalit people and the impact education can have on improving their lives. Since then, Friends Church has launched a new vision called Global Freedom and has been instrumental in building a large number of Education Centers throughout India. Matthew lives in Yorba Linda with his wife Mardi and their three children: Nolan, Sophie and Ella.

About Kenneth Kemp
KENNETH KEMP is Western Regional Director of Development with Operation Mobilization USA and a self-confessed word junky. He has been writing ever since he got recognition in his sixth grade class for an original story he wrote the Christmas in 1959. He went to school too long (Moody Bible Institute (B.A., 1971), UCLA and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div., 1974). If he could turn back the clock, he would have been an English major. He gets impatient with pretense. Flight fascinates him. He has too many electronic gadgets. Kenneth watched his life partner, Carolyn, deliver all three of their children. He has been amazed ever since. Now their offspring are producing babies of their own. He lives in Orange County, California.
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