The Least of These
Vendor: New Hope Publishers
Publication Date: May 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 208
Dimensions: 9.00 × 6.00 (inches)
Through concrete detail, current statistics, and qualitative insights from more than 25 years living among and ministering globally to youth mired in tough and dangerous street life, Ron Ruthruff provides a tried model for serving not only troubled youth but others as well. Ruthruff tells stirring, biblically relevant stories of the real young people he and his family have loved and served—and what these kids have taught him in return about truly Christ-centered ministry.
These stirring stories compel us to reach the least, the last, and the lost, and to appreciate what they can teach us as well. Readers will hear the voice of Job from the hospital bed of a heroin addict; read the story of the demoniac in Mark 5 from the perspective of an “untouchable” in an orphanage in Bombay, India; and discover that the children who sit on our city streets around the world are not just a problem to be solved, but have the potential to become some of our greatest teachers in both their depravity and their dependence on God.
For the past 26 years Ron has worked with homeless and street-involved youth and their families, providing case-management services, designing programs and educating the community on the psychosocial issues that impact communities. Ron has lectured in Kenya, Guatemala, Vietnam, Cambodia and India, as well as appearances across the U.S. He serves as adjunct faculty at Bakke Graduate School and guest lectures at a variety of seminaries and colleges. Ron lives in the Rainier Valley, a mutlicultral neighborhood in Seattle, with his wife, Linda, and their two sons Ben and Clayton.