Nikki Toyama-Szeto and Graham Joseph Hill discuss how the church can be a people who make love visible. They discuss a broad range of issues related to being a people who seek God’s justice, inclusion, peace, and love. These include: (1) Partnering with the global church. (2) Being a people of justice and reconciliation. (3) Listening and learning from diverse voices and dialoguing across difference. (4) Developing unity that’s deeper than agreement. (5) Being an Asian-American woman in North American church and society. (6) Being the church in rapidly changing times. (7) Embracing and welcoming asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. (8) How Jesus honors and amplifies the voices of women , and how the church can do so too. The Global Church Project podcast episode #162. On https://theglobalchurchproject.com/
Nikki came to ESA with a long history of working with leaders of faith communities to help ignite a passion for biblical justice among the Global Church. She speaks and trains leaders globally—past engagements include speaking for Tearfund (Nepal) and Centro Esdras (Guatemala), CCDA (USA), and Billy Graham Center (USA). She writes and speaks from her experiences as a leader in organizations like International Justice Mission, the Urbana Conference and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She served on the Third Lausanne Congress (2010), helping to develop the plenary program.
In addition to her vocational ministry, she serves on the board of Interserve USA, Missio Alliance, and Casa Chiralagua. She has written articles on gender issues and multi-ethnicity for various magazines and she serves as a “Leading Voice” for the Missio Alliance. Her work was profiled in Christianity Today’s, “Who’s Next?” and Rejuvenate Magazine’s “40 under 40”.
She was a co-editor of the book More than Serving Tea (IVP, 2006), a collection of essays, stories and poems looking at the intersection of race, gender, and faith for Asian American women. She also co-wrote Partnering with the Global Church (IVP, 2012) with Femi Adeleye and edited the Urbana Onward series. Additionally, she is a co-author of The God of Justice: IJM Institute’s Global Church Curriculum (IVP, 2015). Nikki also co-authored a paper on “The Pursuit of Shalom in the Face of Violent Injustice” for the Micah Global Consultation.
Much of her insights stem from experiences living among poor people in the slums of Nairobi, Cairo, and Bangkok. She helped develop and direct the Global Urban Trek, an urban immersion program designed to challenge students to use their majors on behalf of the world’s poor people.