Endorsements

“I strongly encourage you to check out this important material from John Ashmen and the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. You will get to know God’s heart for the poor, as well as the generosity that He requires of your own heart and life.”

—Rebecca St. James, author, actress, Grammy- and Dove Award-winning artist

“Your church, your youth group, your college group all need Invisible Neighbors. It goes beyond the textbook into the real world of what is taking place and how the Body of Christ should respond in light of what Scripture reveals. There is much to be learned by going through Invisible Neighbors. You need to take advantage of this unique resource.”

—Tony Campolo, pastor, author, sociologist, Eastern University professor emeritus

“Invisible Neighbors describes how a new wave of evangelicals is standing up for a gospel that doesn’t try to duck social justice and is taking very seriously its God-given commission to care for the poor. If taken to heart and implemented by the church-at-large, the lessons from Invisible Neighbors will make a major difference in North America’s cities and beyond.”

—Marcia Pally, New York University professor, author of America’s New Evangelicals

“I’ve experienced some of what it’s like to be invisible, what it is to be forgotten, and how it feels to be ignored by people who say they follow Jesus—and I yearn for no other person to experienced what I’ve experienced. John Ashmen’s Invisible Neighbors is a brilliant book, an essential read for all Christians who long to know how to respond to the people on the streets of our cities.”

—Mike Yankoski, speaker, author of Under the Overpass

“A careful look at Scripture clearly indicates that we as Christians have been given a spiritual mandate to ‘care for the least of these,’ and the powerful message of Isaiah 58 reveals God’s expectations of us on their behalf. Invisible Neighbors is a surprising book by John Ashmen that will educate and open your eyes to the plight of the poor. It will also challenge you to immediate action.”

—Wess Stafford, author, president emeritus of Compassion International

“This is a convicting read that challenges the church to focus on spiritual justice just as much as we focus on social justice. As an inner-city pastor, it’s amazing to see this type of material and God redeeming our communities through us."

—Roger Huang, founder of San Francisco City Impact, author of Chasing God

“John Ashmen brilliantly shines a light on the challenges that our precious friends experiencing homelessness face every day. More than that, through Invisible Neighbors, John offers practical steps you and I can take to answer God’s call to love these neighbors as we love ourselves."

—Andy Bales, CEO of Union Rescue Mission

“Invisible Neighbors is an awesome look into the real lives of our society’s impoverished and homeless citizens. It shares how we can meet their social and relational needs without overlooking the overwhelming systemic oppression that is clearly an issue of justice. John Ashmen tackles these challenges in view of God’s principles with a heart of compassion and empathy.”

—Sherman B. Bradley, urban pastor, founder of Consider The Poor

“When it comes to the poor, it’s easy to say we care, but it’s another thing to be challenged with the reasons why we should care and be taught how to care. John Ashmen’s Invisible Neighbors lays all of that out in a powerful, insightful, and practical way. As we raise up the next generation of servants and leaders to carry out the hard but important work of ministry in the world’s urban centers, we would do well to put this book in their hands.”

—Todd Williams, president of Cairn University

“I have long been involved with rescue missions and have watched them grow from providing just soup and a bed to finding ways to creatively offer redemption and solutions for broken people in North America. I have come to admire the leadership of John Ashmen. His book helps us see the concept of rescue missions more clearly and provides direction on how to love our neighbors well.”

—John M. Perkins, author, co-founder of Christian Community Development Association

“John Ashmen nails it when he describes our society’s state of affairs, something I think is akin to American apartheid: Our cities are sated with condos in the sky—the perfect gated communities, designed for great views everywhere but down to the streets, culverts, underpasses, and shadows where the fleeting poor struggle to survive. The problem is real and not going away. While our nation makes avoidance an art form, I am pleased to see that under John’s leadership, the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions has become a virtual incubator of methods and shared networks of resources, gratefully embraced by mayors, city councils, and churches in new partnerships and training programs, all making deliberate contact with our ‘invisible neighbors.’”

—Ray Bakke, global urban ministry authority, author of A Theology As Big As the City