Endorsements & Reviews-
When a Maasai Christian writes about Christian mission among the Maasai himself, one should expect surprises. One of the surprising, but significant, insights was that the common models of mission do not focus on the Christians-to-be as the agents of mission. By developing the "appropriational model" and applying it to Christian mission by the Maasai, Dr. Lekundayo grants us a glimpse into how mission functions when we allow it to be conducted in a most natural manner. All those who are interested in how the gospel spreads would do well to listen carefully to this case study.
--Stefan Hoschele, Ph.D., Lecturer of Mission Studies and Systematic Theology,
Friedensau Adventist University, Germany
This book reveals a complex interaction between the Christian gospel brought by western missionaries and the nomadic Massai culture of Tanzania... an important insider's voice courageously questioning the missionary approach to condemn some critical Massai practices, particularly polygamy, and its missionary consequences. This is a rare study from a Massai Christian leader.
--Wonsuk Ma, Executive Director, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies
Lekundayo's discussion on missiological models and the need for contextualization is most welcome. His voice is among a growing number of African theologians, missiologists, and social scientists, insiders in their own cultural contexts, whose time has come to add their voice as a service to the global church, seeking ways to move forward in light of the new postcolonial reality and new thinking . Looking at past cross-denominational mission endeavors with critical eyes, but also the future with the hope to build more effective models of mission, is a worthy task. The need for the appropriation of Christianity by the Masai rural and urban populations can no longer be ignored. Our heartfelt encouragement to pursue the trajectory of this needed work.
--Dr. Ganoune Diop, Director United Nations Relations, Former Director of the Global
Mission Study Centers on World Religions and Worldviews General Conference of
Seventh-day Adventist World Headquarters