Finding True Worth in the Slums With over one billion people living in urban slums today, these communities are arguably one of the largest unreached demographics in the world. The challenge is great, as are the sacrifices of living there, yet the Lord can do much with a willing follower. So, what if choosing to live in a slum is a way to become closer to Jesus? Beyond Our Walls provides a unique window into what ministry in an urban slum setting can look like. The author shares the amazing story of God's faithfulness in her life, as she follows Jesus into the slums of Jakarta, Indonesia, and still lives there twelve years later with her husband and two young sons. Not only have her Muslim neighbors had an opportunity to get to know a follower of Jesus, but the author herself has been forever changed by her experiences. Readers will be moved and challenged by this book. It provides an intriguing testimony that will appeal to those interested in Muslim/Chrisitan relations. And women already on the mission field will find it especially encouraging as the author reflects on the difficult aspects of mothering on the field and the faithfulness of Jesus through the hard years of parenting small children. While life in the slums is often hard, the joys are many as well.
Anita Rahma grew up in a family that loves Jesus and cares deeply about global social justice issues. Her high-school years were spent in the Philippines, where God captured her heart and began calling her to a life of ministry. After graduating from university with a degree in Culture, Religion, and Missions, Rahma joined Servants to Asia's Urban Poor--in partnership with Virginia Mennonite Missions--to live and serve in a slum in Jakarta, Indonesia. For the past twelve years, she has lived in a slum community, now with her husband and two young sons. Rahma and her husband are founders of House of Hope, a free kindergarten and afterschool program in their slum community.