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As ordained pastors, both authors share a passion to disciple the nations - John a Chinese to pastor in American church; while Kevin an American becomes a missionary to China.


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Any Christian who delights in biography and wants to deepen one’s faith will find this book to best help increase their understanding of the international community for the sake of the gospel. Where Strangers Cross is a narrative with plot and characterization. Beside obvious differences stemming from diverse times, careers and geography between Kevin Avery and John Long, it intertwines two spiritual journeys instead of focusing on one life story. In fact, this aspect of the book makes it unique among other Christian biographies. The reason for this alternating point of view is to enhance the Lord as the main character, who brings the two men together to disciple the nations.It is designed to challenge and encourage American Christians by seeing the Great Commission lived out from different perspectives.

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You should be excited about our eBook, too. Where Strangers Cross is becoming available on the (Amazon) Kindle, (B&N) Nook, (Sony) eReader, (Borders) Kobo, (Apple) iPhone, iBooks and iPad readers. With these, you can download the book anywhere in the world. You will find the best feature of all - it is half of the price! Printed books can always be ordered through your local bookstore or from books.google.com, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and other online e-retailers. They will be exhibited in the following Book Trade Shows - so visit them if you're around NY or TN. Stay connected with us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. And join us in the Authors Blogs if you have any thoughts and ideas to share.

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Where Strangers Cross
They come from two different worlds. John (Jiang) Long grew up in rural China where the name Jesus never surfaced. Kevin Avery grew up 8,000 miles away with Christian parents in the suburbs of the United States. Humanly speaking, their paths should never cross, yet this situation changes when they follow a transforming Jesus. Not only does God divinely bring them together to start an international student ministry, but also, he reverses their residences. He plants Long as a pastor in Tulsa and sends Avery as a missionary to China, even to the mountain villages of Long's youth. While in exchanged countries, they become strangers of this world, ready to disciple the nations in reverent brokenness.

International Village Ministry
Our ministry focus is endeavoring to be: a care-giver to all international, an equipper to business professionals, executives, an encourager to missionaries (both returned to USA and outgoing to China and beyond), as well as a linkage to mission-minded pastors and churches.

Advantage Radio Ministries
Interviewed by the Advantage Radio Ministries (click this link, then Second Chances and scroll down the name list to find 'John Long'), which has a Tuesday night 'Christian Witness' program broadcast to 160,000 people in NJ. Beginning tomorrow, February 1, 2011, you can listen to the radio 97.9FM or 98.5FM about our testimonies and commentaries on this book.




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