When Doors Close: Changing Course in Missions Without Losing Your Way

When Doors Close: Changing Course in Missions Without Losing Your Way

Preparing for service or already on the field, When Doors Close: Changing Course in Missions Without Losing Your Way can help you navigate change with wisdom and grace.

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About the Book

“You have ten days to leave the country.” I didn’t want to hear these words. Five months pregnant with our first child and seeing people come to the Lord, so many good things were happening. Did God not call us here? What did this closed door mean for me and my ministry?

What do you do when your life and work come to a screeching halt because of government upheaval, security concerns, illness, aging parents, children’s needs, or a global pandemic? Carol Ghattas understands your struggles and helps you prepare for the challenges in her book, When Doors Close: Changing Course in Missions Without Losing Your Way.

This book provides questions for individual reflection or group discussion, making it an excellent resource for all those seeking to serve God in ministry or cross-cultural work.

Genres: Christian Living, Missions, RELIGION - Christian Ministry, Spiritual Growth
Publisher: Xulon Press
Publication Year: 2021
Format: Paperback
Length: 236 pages
ASIN: 1662815352
ISBN: 9781662815355
List Price: $20.99
Carol Ghattas in “When Doors Close,” does us a wonderful service of looking at the blessings of closed doors. She honestly shares her story, and her experiences, and then draws us to reflect using penetrating questions that help us think through each part of the journey. Whether the reader is thinking about doing missions, already along the journey or reflecting on the adventure from the other side of the door this book is a wonderful resource to checking where we are and what is next. This is also a needed resource for churches, sending organizations and families who have the most difficult task of sending those they love to the mission field. This is not a one-time read but one that can be pulled out over and over again for a check-up. There are sections that won’t affect you now but eventually will impact your lives and it is good to think through them ahead of time as well as in real time.
Having seen God work powerfully, through open doors and closed doors, I resonate completely with what Carol is sharing in this timely and deeply personal book. Timely, because each of us, as ordinary followers of Jesus engaged in blessing our communities and the nations, needs words of encouragement and assurance that we are not on this adventure of following Jesus alone. Deeply personal, because we all have our unique stories of following God’s guiding hand in our lives, through ups and downs; knowing that others have walked this path gives us courage to continue. Thank you, Carol, for reminding us that God’s vision and task are far bigger than anything we can accomplish in our own strength, and that only by walking closely with Jesus and persevering through all circumstances will we be radical disciples of Jesus.
Mark guides us into understanding the importance of knowing why we believe what we do.
If you’ve ever questioned God’s sovereignty and good plans for your life, read this book! Every chapter is like iron sharpening coffee visits combined with robust Bible study. When she was a little girl, Carol told God she’d join His mission. Little did she know she’d live in six different countries, marry her dream husband from Egypt, and give birth to her two sons in war-torn Beirut. She’s had many life-altering doors slammed shut in her face. In this book, she pulls back the curtain and shows us what it looks like to keep saying yes to our Master when nothing makes sense in the moment.
– Natalie* global worker among Muslims for over 30 years (*not her real name)
When Doors Close touched on so many big issues and questions that, even now, cross my mind from time to time. Each chapter had at least one thing that touched on a specific question I’ve had while serving. I can’t speak for all millennials, but for those of us who want to learn from those who’ve gone before us this book is quite appealing.
– Jen* Cross-cultural worker in a closed country (*not her real name)
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