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Author Signing: Rebecca Friday
October 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ventura, CA 93001 United States
Bank of Book’s is hosting authoer Rebecca Friday for a a book signing on Saturday, October 29 from 1-3pm!
“Great Commission Adventures
Real-Life Encounters of an Unlikely Missionary”
By Rebecca Friday
Sat Oct 29th
Bank of Books
748 E. Main St.
Ventura, CA 93060
Rebecca Friday’s real-life encounters in the mission field reach deep into our hearts and touch us with their poignancy, addressing cross-cultural and political issues, while sharing human-interest stories that range from heartbreaking to heartwarming. But more than that, they remind us of the urgency for the Church to fulfill the Great Commission and help those in need.
What is the Great Commission? With all power given Him, Jesus tells us to go into all the world, preach the Gospel, and make disciples of all nations. Author of Great Commission Adventures: Real-Life Encounters of an Unlikely Missionary, Rebecca Friday tells us, “God commands His children to leave the safety of home to go into hellish places by the power of the Gospel until Christians have discipled every nation.” Rebecca started making short-term missionary trips in the eighties, making twenty-four trips to Latin America as of the publication of this book, serving as a substitute orphanage director, English-language teacher, and more.
Many of the stories describe the personal journeys of abandoned children and the corruption in the government, churches, and family units, which fail to nurture, protect, and provide the basic essentials of food, shelter, and education for the children. The book considers some of the root issues of injustice with suggestions for how the Church can do more to bring salt and light to developing nations.
Great Commission Adventures (Nordskog Publishing 2022) chronicles more than twenty short-term mission trips to Latin America, sharing:
- Engaging and evocative true-life accounts
- Perils and purposefulness of missionary fieldwork, as well as signs and miracles that make frontline workers feel affirmed and empowered by God
- The inspirational story of William Tyndale (1494–1536), whose life brilliantly portrayed a man so thoroughly
- committed to God and the Great Commission that he was willing to die for the sake of the Gospel
Friday calls herself an “unlikely missionary.” Perhaps everyone surrendered to God’s will in the furtherance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has sometimes felt “unlikely.” Christians, saved by grace, are called to contribute to God’s awesome plan of redemption.
Through the unfolding of her missionary life, Rebecca discovers that missions is not about fulfilling a personal bucket list, but allowing God to use her in unexpected ways where she is most needed. The Great Commission in a sinful world means facing many enemies, but going with God’s Word, leading, grace, and power, while having God with us always. Friday clearly demonstrates in action what God requires of His workers in courage and faithfulness.She has come away from times of dedicated service to God with a keen awareness of human powerlessness and marveling at God’s limitless power, witnessing how God’s love changes lives.
Great Commission Adventures explores the wild, unpredictable world of missions and brings into focus issues raised by her experiences. It also honors those missionaries who taught her. Through their lives of surrender to God, sacrifice, and willingness to labor amidst poverty and corruption, they became the hands of Jesus to the most needy and inspired Friday to do the same.
Rebecca Friday was born the third of four children to a couple from the Midwest and has lived in the Golden State since infancy. Rebecca’s father was born at home on a farm to a sharecropper but rose to a management position in the aerospace industry, specializing in and collaborating on thrust chambers that were used on NASA’s Apollo as well as the first four Space Shuttle projects.
Rebecca graduated with honors from California State University, Northridge, and also earned a TESOL certificate from the University of California, Santa Barbara (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). She has worked in both the Christian and public school systems, with experience as a regular classroom instructor and also as an English Language Development Resource Teacher.
Rebecca came to Christ as a teenager and has been married for more than fifty years. She has three children and five grandchildren.