Missiology: An International Review has published the article, “Education, Religion, and Risk in Peshawar: A Missional Self-Examination,” in its April 2016 issue. This article is my considered attempt to examine my work as principal of Edwardes College in Peshawar, Pakistan, from 2011 to 2014.
A link to the PDF of the article appears below. It expands on a talk I gave in 2014 at the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut.
The article is unusual in undertaking a self-examination of such a venture and subjecting it to missiological critique. As I note in the abstract and in the article itself, a self-examination cannot claim to be entirely objective, but I have sought to be as fair and as objective as possible.
Missiology: An International Review is one of the two major missiological journals published in the USA, the other being The International Bulletin of Mission Research, in which my article, “A Toll on the Soul: Costs of Persecution among Pakistan’s Christians,” appeared in April 2015. Both publications are among the numerous scholarly journals published by Sage Publications.
Here is a link to the article:
And here is the abstract:
Religious freedom is at stake as the Church of Pakistan and its Diocese of Peshawar struggle to regain oversight of Edwardes College in Peshawar, an institution the church founded and managed for almost 75 years, and to resist the attempt of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government to complete the seizure it began in 1974. As the missionary principal of the college since 2011, I was inevitably affected by the conflict and became a player in it. This study is an effort in missionary self-examination as I interrogate my motives and actions as a mission companion with the church and as a partner in education with the community at large. The inquiry is conducted under six headings: missionary motivation, national identity, change dynamics, religious relations, missionary predecessors, and the church-state conflict. While a self-interrogation cannot claim to be completely objective, the attempt is to be both honest and fair. The issues are important for missionary work and identity generally, but most acutely for mission work in Muslim-majority settings in the increasingly conflicted relations between Muslims and Christians in the 21st century.