South Asian Americans have a storied history of Christian faith. The Apostle Thomas brought the gospel to the southwestern coast of India in AD 52, and the Mar Thoma church continues as a source of faith and tradition for many diasporic Indian communities.
This week, Sam George, Catalyst of the Lausanne Movement and Director of Global Diaspora Institute at Wheaton College BGC, joins Jane and Tim to talk about the ongoing experiences of South Asian American Christians.
Associate professor of US history. Author of Opening the Gates to Asia: A Transpacific History of How America Repealed Asian Exclusion (UNC Press, 2019). NJ Transplant to Los Angeles. Currently writing a history of how post-1965 Asian immigration changed US evangelicalism (Oxford Univ Press). Tweets @janehongphd.
Fuller Asian American Center Affiliate and Pacific Area Director of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Graduate and Faculty Ministries. Tim’s forthcoming book, tentatively titled Asian American Christianity and the Quest for a Better Country, will be the first comprehensive history of Asian American Christianity.
Born in the Andaman Islands (India) to Christian parents with the heritage of the St. Thomas Christians of Kerala, Dr. George had a life-changing personal encounter with Jesus at the age of 15. God has used Sam to pioneer two family organizations, Urban India Mission and Parivar International. He is Catalyst of the Lausanne Movement and Director of Global Diaspora Institute at Wheaton College BGC, teaching global migration, diaspora missions, and world Christianity.