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The Insanity of God: An Interview with Nik and Ruth Ripken

Nik and Ruth Ripken: Believers in persecution say they are grateful that we pray for them but they share that the best way we can partner with them is to witness where we are. When we share Christ with those around us – family, friends, co-workers, neighbors we are giving priority where our brothers and sisters in persecution place their voice.

We want people to read the books and see the film and grasp the amazing joy it is to live for Christ right where we are, across the street or around the world. With billions of people not having access to Christ we have a huge task and responsibility. Satan’s greatest desire is to deny people access to the Gospel. When we share Christ, we are not allowing Satan to hold people hostage.


For those who recognize God calling them to action, how can viewers learn more and respond to the film?

Nik and Ruth Ripken: As we mentioned above we pray that each person will begin to share how Jesus changed their lives with someone. One 95-year-old gentleman who read the book wrote an email to share that he had been a Christian for many years but had never really shared it with anyone. He promised God that every day he allowed him to live he was going to share Christ with someone. May we all take up that challenge.

Another great way that people can respond is to get involved with a local church. If a person is feeling that overseas is where they want to go plant their lives there are many organizations that can facilitate that happening.


Do you have plans to release more books or films based on the research that you have gathered?

Nik and Ruth Ripken: Currently we are working on developing a teaching tool of the five-day training that we do. This is taught in schools, churches, groups but we feel we must get it in a usable form that many can access. Believers in persecution have taught us so many things that need to be shared and we can’t get everywhere so we will be developing a resource that can assist in getting the stories and principles shared. We do have ideas for several more books and will see what God does with that.


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Category: Ministry, Spring 2017

About the Author: Nik Ripken, D.Min., and his wife, Ruth, are mission veterans of over 30 years with International Mission Board (Southern Baptist Convention), having served in Malawi, Transkei, South Africa, Kenya, Somalia, Germany, Ethiopia, and in the Middle East. They currently serve as Global Missiologists. Dr. Ripken is the author of many articles on missions and, along with Ruth, has done extensive research among the persecuted in approximately 70 countries. He is the author of The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected (B&H, 2013) and The Insanity of Obedience: Walking with Jesus in Tough Places. In cooperation with B&H Publishing, a curriculum based upon both books was developed in 2016. A documentary based on The Insanity of God was released in 2016. Nik and Ruth are the parents of three sons.

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