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Ted Yamamori to lead revitalized WorldServe Ministries

Author, scholar, and missions strategist Tetsunao (“Ted”) Yamamori has been named president/CEO of a revitalized WorldServe Ministries, starting November 1. WorldServe is focusing its future ministry efforts on helping the vulnerable and needy—particularly in China and Cuba—to attain transformational development, both spiritually and physically.

Yamamori is well suited to the task. He was international director of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization and today is the movement’s senior advisor. President emeritus of Food for the Hungry International, Yamamori is a senior fellow at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture of the University of Southern California and adjunct professor of holistic mission at Asbury Theological Seminary.

“Ted Yamamori brings a wealth of experience to this new challenge,” notes Charles Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries. “But more than that, he brings his passion for the lost and real-world wisdom. I expect WorldServe to reach new heights of effectiveness under Ted’s leadership.”

WorldServe plans to work even more closely than before with indigenous ministry partners. Yamamori, 70, says WorldServe, which in years past has focused on serving persecuted Christians, is well situated to carry out its new mission.

“The ministry has been involved in several countries through its distribution of Bibles, Christian literature, disaster relief, church planting, and ministerial training,” Yamamori says. “But WorldServe has decided to narrow its focus to China and Cuba, where it has had particularly meaningful and successful ministries.”

Ben Homan, president of Food for the Hungry, says Yamamori “has again responded to God's call to extend His love around the world. Food for the Hungry gives thanks that God has raised up this Christian statesman for WorldServe.”

Born and raised in Japan, Yamamori earned a Ph.D. in sociology of religion from Duke University. He was visiting professor of ethnology at the Central University for Nationalities in Beijing, from 1998-2003.

Yamamori has written or edited two dozen books, including Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement (University of California Press, 2007), Holistic Entrepreneurs in China: A Handbook on the World Trade Organization and New Opportunities for Christians (William Carey, 2002), and Witnesses to Power: Stories of God’s Quiet Work in a Changing China (Paternoster, 2000).

WorldServe has two offices in North America:
5795 Genesis Court, Frisco, TX 75034,USA;
1301 Johnston Road, White Rock, British Columbia V4B3Z3, Canada.

For more information, call Ken Leggatt at 1-800-414-7788 or 1-604-531-3955.

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posted by Justin Forman | 11.04.2008 - 12:30 AM

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