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.
About the Authors:
As ordained pastors, both authors have ministered to people globally. Kevin Avery has a master of divinity degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. Currently a hospice chaplain, he and his wife, Dayna, reside in Waco, Texas, with their two children. John (Jiang) Long earned a master of business administration from Oral Roberts University. He is president of International Village ministry and lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, May (Xuemei), and their three children.