In From the Inside Out, Ryan Kuja helps us to right-size our egoic ventures of fixing the world to seeing its people through wildly curious, deeply wise, and always loving eyes. No matter your current worldview, From the Inside Out is sure to expand its boundaries of beauty and reconciliation. This transformational book will be required reading for all Make Way Partners staff and mission volunteers.
Kimberly Smith Highland
Author of Passport Through Darkness and founder of Make Way Partners
In this compelling book, Kuja challenges the exploitative roots of McMission and calls us to something deeper. He never gives up on mission but invites us into a posture that will be more sustainable, more holistic and ultimately more transformative. Read it with an open mind and heart and you will be challenged.
Author of Subversive Jesus and founder of Alongsiders International
A timely contribution to the conversation about mission, which masterfully weaves together stories from the author’s own experience, biblical reflection and theological insight. Even as he challenges widespread misconceptions of cross-cultural mission, Kuja’s intention is to awaken a fresh and liberating engagement with God’s redeeming work in the world.
Associate Professor of Theology and Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame and author of The Sacrifice of Africa, Born for Lament, and The Journey of Reconciliation
A bold and courageous examination of unconscious motivations for mission, whereby we discover the way of interior freedom that allows for more effective service in our world. A timely clarion call for the integration of contemplation and action.
Author of Pilgrimage of a Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life, co-founder of Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism
In these pages, Ryan courageously talks about the power of story and the grace of redemption. This book… gives me hope for the future of missions, both locally and globally, and is a teaching tool for a new way forward. It will take you on a journey of self-discovery that is convicting, inspiring, and ultimately redemptive.
Senior Advisor to the President, TMS Global and author of Love Is an Inside Job: Getting Vulnerable with God
“For the sake of the world, we question.
For the sake of the gospel, we examine.
For the sake of the dignity of the image bearers who we serve—as well as ourselves—we inquire.”
The evolution that has taken place in the world of mission over the last 25 years has left many Christians asking brutally honest questions about what we do and why we do it. Are we doing more damage than good? What does it look like to truly love and serve the marginalized in an authentic and effective way? What, actually, is the gospel and is it truly good news?
In this ground-breaking book, Ryan Kuja vividly examines the world of Christian mission as few have seen it. With a beautiful balance of story-telling and theological reflection birthed from his own painful and powerful experiences on and off the field— from rural villages in South Sudan to major cities across Asia, Africa, and Latin America—Ryan guides us into global mission’s past and present, revealing where the light and hope lie, helping recover a missional future that will usher us into a new era.
This is mission reimagined for a world recreated . . . from the inside out.
A global citizen with a background in international mission, relief, and development, Ryan Kuja has lived in fifteen cities and rural villages on five continents and has fifteen years of professional, academic, and personal experience in mission. He holds a M.A. in Theology and Culture from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology as well as a Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Ryan is a writer and spiritual director, currently serving as the Field Director of Word Made Flesh in Medellin, Colombia, where he lives with his wife.