That the "third world" is in a perceptual state of crises and "we" have solutions.
Rethinking the Role of Missionaries
For more than a decade, Skeeter Wilson has been interviewing elders in Kenya to better understand them as they see themselves, rather than defined by the missionary culture. Take Nothing With You does not doubt the sincerity and good intentions of most missionaries worldwide—especially in Africa, where the author grew up. Neither does it question the sincerity that drives them to believe that they are fulfilling a divine calling. What Take Nothing With You does question is how faithfully the missionary movement reflects the teachings and examples of the Christ—the One who is the purported subject of their message. It questions if the message, as delivered in the missionary context, can really be considered “Good News.”
Take Nothing With You is a bold and powerful book that challenges:
That evangelizing children is a good or noble thing.
That solutions to problems are solved with Western ideas of education.
That sending our "youth" to do mission work overseas is ever a good idea.
That a post-Constantine Gospel is exportable apart from Western expansionism.
That Africa was not "Christianized" before the modern missionary movement.
“Take Nothing With You is a needful corrective to 600 years of well-intentioned, but very misguided, mission work.”Jon Zens, Author of Elusive Community: Why Do We Avoid What We Were Created For?
“Skeeter Wilson reveals—with a keen, gentle grace—the cruel and frequently brutal conduct of the white missionaries and the roles they have unwittingly played in enforcing the subjugation of Africans through the evangelizing of a whitewashed, Christian God.”Najar Nyakio Munyinyi, Environmentalist and Afri-Historian Researcher and Writer
”Skeeter has done what few have had the nerve to do and that is to tackle the sacred cow of ‘Missions’ in conversion Protestantism…Whether you agree or not with Skeeter, you will be better for having been challenged by his thoughts in this book.”Anonymous, former missionary who served 30+ years in Africa
As a son of missionaries, Skeeter Wilson spent his first 18 years growing up in Kenya. Early in his life, he began to question the message and methods of the missionary culture. Later, he returned to Kenya’s highlands to do field research in pursuit of his postgraduate degrees in African History and Creative Writing. He is the author of several historical fiction books, including Worthless People, Crossing Rivers, and Escape from Stupid. Take Nothing With You is Wilson’s debut, non-fiction work. He lives in Auburn, Washington with his wife.