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    Jane Fucella(Author)

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“Behind the Smiles shines the spotlight on mission today . . . Jane Fucella writes in a simple, engaging style that is both authentic and reflective. Through the stories of fun and tragedy, breakthroughs and setbacks, glorious church and genuine failure, Jane shows us what following Jesus in cross-cultural mission is all about.” - Paul Bendor-Samuel, Former International Director of Interserve

Living and working for the Lord Jesus in a cross-cultural setting is a rich faith-growing experience, but one where we are constantly ambushed by the unexpected or misunderstood. Jane Fucella's story of her family's years in Thailand shows how God delights to transform our mistakes and shortcomings, and makes the gospel shine through. This book shows how Christian faith lived out in love in a distant culture brings new life, hope and grace where it is so badly needed. Read; enjoy; pray for Thailand! --Rose Dowsett, Speaker and Author, Former International Chairman of InterserveJane Fucella has written a moving, honest, perceptive and humorous account of over twenty years serving the church in Thailand with her husband and two daughters. In their range of roles nursing, preaching, land development, child protection, teaching, community building, church leadership training, mentoring Jane narrates tales of heart-breaking sadness and injustice, 'man's inhumanity to man'; but also experiences of inspiration and healing, witnessing to the hand and grace of God at work. As the title hints, sometimes appearances belie the reality, and Jane explores some of the difficulties behind cross-cultural and integral mission, and what it means to 'trust and obey' completely as a follower of Jesus. What comes through is not only Jane's desire to 'bring good news to the poor, and to bind up the broken-hearted, and set people free', but her unswerving love for God, her deep compassion for people, and her delight in responding to the call of God. --Rev. David Lunan, Former Moderator, Church of ScotlandThis is a missionary story the like of which we have never seen before! Beautifully written, delightfully illustrated, it is packed with fascinating detail from lives motivated by the compassion of Jesus in the struggle to live in different cultures and to serve other people. It is funny - at times hilarious - but very honest in relating a significant and highly instructive experience of cross-cultural mission. Jane's wonderful account will assist a new generation preparing to 'live on terms set by others', but it should [also] be read by people in Western churches trying to adjust to the presence of Asian immigrants within their communities and congregations. --Dr David Smith, Honorary Lecturer in Aberdeen University

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  • PDF | 194 pages
  • Jane Fucella(Author)
  • Onwards and Upwards (1 Jan. 2017)
  • English
  • 10
  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By Dynevor on 23 August 2017

    A fascinating book of stories of life in Thailand from the Capital, Bangkok, to rural villages where few if any foreigners had been seen before.

  • By Mrs NJ Kennelly on 9 April 2017

    Well written and constructed. A lovely insight into a whole other world and the challenges of living in a completely different cultures. I really enjoyed reading this and hope the author writes more as I enjoyed her writing style and observation of our fellow humans.

  • By Elaine Hogan on 31 December 2016

    What a powerful story- I felt myself transported to the villages and the towns and cities of Thailand. Real stories, real people - what an experience. Thank you for sharing with us.

  • By SarahD on 14 March 2017

    An fascinating insight into life as a missionary! Jane recounts her experiences in Thailand in an informative and interesting way which really draws you into to her personal story as well as her faith in God. This is book that will make you both laugh and cry, as well as prompting you to reflect on your own calling to share God's love with others wherever that may be.

  • By Lizz Maycock on 22 January 2017

    I've had the privilege of knowing Jane Fucella since 2004 when we first visited her family in Sangklaburi. 'Behind the Smiles' is packed with Jane's characteristic wisdom, compassion, humour and grace. I have laughed and cried as I have read it, grateful to personally remember many of her stories and the people and places she recalls, and delighted to now share in precious extra insights and experiences. Anyone interested in Thai life or cross-cultural mission would have much to learn and enjoy from this book of reflections from the heart by this thoughtful, honest and challenging author.

  • By Guest on 18 January 2017

    A must read for anyone considering going to live as a Christian in a culture that has little or no connection with Christianity. Real people, real life stories, real experiences that show what it is like to live and love in the name of Jesus.

  • By Michael G. on 2 February 2017

    Jane starts in a light and gentle way as we are introduced to the cross-cultural journey of working and living in urban and rural Thailand. There's some fun and games as we settle in to the story. But soon we are introduced to the people at the heart of Mike and Jane's calling to serve - the struggles with Aids, problems with different church culture, working out how to be faithful to the Gospel without getting tripped up by the different faiths around them.I loved this book. It was easy to read at one level, but so much to think about in terms of how Christian faith needs to be both practical and proclaimed, in ways that are relevant and understandable for each culture we live in. That includes our 'home' cultures too!


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