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A LIGHT TO ALL JAPAN: The Story of Susan Dyck
By Eugene Neudorf Christian Publications. 206 pages, $8.99, paperback. Reviewed by Dan Evearitt, Alliance Life Magazine:
Reading a book through in one sitting is something I have not done in years. However, two chapters into _A Light to All Japan_ I became hooked on the biography of one of the most courageous women I have ever encountered. From her birth on the prairies of Saskatchewan, through her challenging work for the Lord in Japan, to the end of her active ministry; the story of Susan Dyck's life will touch readers deeply.

...Until an evangelist came to town, Susan, struggling with the issues of life, was unaware that there could be anything as spiritually satisfying as the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Once she had been filled with the Spirit it was a short step to committing to missionary service, although she wondered how God could use an uneducated woman like her. But she received her education at Canadian Bible Institute, where most of her spiritual growth took place, through a friend who taught her the importance of all-night prayer and fasting.

Trained and eager to go to the mission field, Susan had to wait. It seemed there was no money to send single women missionaries to the field. Missionary couples were the priority; Finally a direct call came from Japan: "Send Dyck!"

Although Japan was not the field Susan thought she would go to, once there she fell in love with the people and even learned the difficult language. Susan also had the privilege of being mentored by one of the Alliance's most renowned missionaries, Mabel Francis. Through her 32 years in Japan, Susan Dyck faithfully served God, and He never let her down.

Sometimes with brutal honesty the book details her failings, her battles with self-pity and depression, and her remorse at not having a husband and family. Eventually she came to terms with all these problems by laying them at her Savior's feet. Of all the works in The Jaffray Collection, _A Light to All Japan_ may have the longest pre-mission field section. Susan Dyck overcame much to become a missionary. Reading the first few chapters of this book, readers may think, "Life's just not fair to some people." Reading the last chapter may evoke the same thoughts. But throughout her life, God was at work, ever faithful and true no matter what the circumstances...

"Blind Faith" tells the moving story of Anne Wooding's pioneer missionary work amongst the blind of Nigeria, West Africa. Dan Wooding, her son, who co-wrote the book says, "My one of the true heroes of the faith... She has never stopped serving the Lord..." _Blind Faith_ is published by ASSIST Books of California in conjunction with WinePress Publishing of Washington State... It was while she was in Minna, Nigeria, at the language school there that she met Alf Wooding, also a missionary from Liverpool, and they were married in Kano in 1939. The book tells the incredible story of their life together in Africa and also their struggles after he was forced to return to the UK with a series of tropical illnesses. Her Majesty the Queen, through her Lady in Waiting, has sent a letter of congratulation..., in which she said how much she admired people like Mr. and Mrs. Wooding for their selfless service to others. "Blind Faith" is available for $12.00 US funds (including postage and packing) from from ASSIST, PO Box 2126, Garden Grove, CA 92842-2126, USA. (Outside the USA, please add a further $2.00 for additional postage costs.) Readers or listeners can send a 90th birthday card to Mrs. Anne Wooding, 1 Newbury Close, Roby Grange, Huyton, Liverpool, L36 4QE., England, UK.

Imprisoned for preaching the gospel, Samuel Lamb became the secret pastor to hundreds of fellow inmates and the target of those determined to destroy the house church movement in China. A fast-paced biography of one of China's greatest Christan leaders. (176 pp.) $9.00 (plus $3 S&H in USA, $15 international) from Voice of the Martyrs, P.O. Box 117, Bartlesville, OK 74005.

Christian Martyrs of the Twentieth Century American Christians need By Their Blood to learn about sacrifice and spiritual warfare, according to Dick Hillis, founder of Overseas Crusades. Ages twelve through adult will be inspired by stories of heroic faith in the face of persecution. Accounts that have surfaced from once-closed Communist countries are part of this greatly expanded edition. From: Baker Book House 1-800-877-2665 <>

By Kenneth MacHarg. Story of how God interrupted his life and led his family to minstry with HCJB in Quito. Brigdes the gap between missionary biographies and textbooks on missionary life and work. 104pgs, 1997, US$6.50 Available through William Carey Library, P.O. Box 40129, Pasadena, CA 91114

Brings to life interviews with Christians who face persecution head-on. Available from Voice of the Martyrs for $15, P.O. Box 443, Bartlesville, OK 74005 Phone: 1-800-747-0085 Source: Voice of the Martyrs Magazine, March 1997.

African men and women place their trust in God. Inspiring stories and personal applications at the end of each chapter make this book great for personal study or small groups. Wycliffe Bible Translators is offering any three of the following four books for $15 (including postage!) Send orders to Wycliffe Bible translators, P.O. Box 2727, Huntington Beach, CA 92647-0727

From Barbour Publishing. Not quite children's level, but definitely easy reading. The series has missionary biographies on William Carey, Jim Elliott, David Livingstone, Samuel Morris, Mother Teresa, Galadys Aylward, Mary Slessor, and Watchman Nee

by Sophie Miller. This is a good missionary book for young people interested in translation or literacy work. 197 pages. $7 plus $2 S/H. Available through The Church at Cane Creek, 1000 Pearl Rd., Pleasantville, TN 37147

Has been a classic since the 1930's, when Moody published it.

Have you ever asked God "Why?" Why do bad things happen to good people? Well, a lot of people has why when several OMF families were killed in a tragic accident in Thailand 20 years ago. A book, taken from the diaries of Ian Gordon-Smith, one of the medical missionaries killed, was published soon after the tragedy. To mark the 20th anniversary of the tragedy the book has been republished by OMF with additional chapters by the former head of OMF Michael Griffiths and Dr Bryan Parry, who lost his entire family in the tragedy and now practices as Chief Surgeon at Auckland Hospital, NZ. The book is available through OMF NZ (and may be available through other OMF offices) for about $20.00 (including postage). I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in mission and to anyone interested in God's role in suffering, this book has been a major influence on my own life. OMF NZ can be contacted at . Article from Andrew Butcher's _GenX_ e-zine EMAIL:genxeditor@XC.Org

Jerusalem to Iryian Jaya has a lot of different biographical sketches as it traces the history of missions - a classic.

The spiritual autobiography of a Chinese Christian, William Carey Library, 1997, paperback, 208 pages. Julia Duan's story recalls missionary biographies of an earlier age--when serving God carried a price. This is not a book about "missiology;" it is a book about God and Christ and a courageous woman in Marxist China. $6.75 plus $2 handling from Wm Carey Library, P.O. Box 40129, Pasadena, CA 91114

The heartrending story of Cambodia's Church by missionary Don Cormadk. Available from OMF Books-Canada, 5759 Coopers Ave., Mississauga, ON CANADA L4Z IR9. $14 (Can.) plus postage and packing.

By Jim Cromarty. John Paton was one of those brave men and women who willingly risked everything, even their lives, in order that the people of the world might come to know Christ as Lord and Savior. His story demonstrates how God protected and cared for one of His faithful servants as he took the gospel to the people of Tanna and Aniwa, islands of the New Hebrides (now called Vanatu). It is a story that should thrill the hearts of all who read it, because the God who watched over John Paton is the same God who cares for His people today. Each chapter ends with a discussion section called "To Think About." Great tool for family devotions, homeschool lessons, or the Christian classroom. John MacArthur comments on this book, "Parents will love the book's practical format, with its careful, clear application of the spiritual truths in each chapter." (Paperback, 288 pp.) Price: $14 + $4 S&H (USA) $15 S&H (International), Source: The Voice of the Martyrs, P.O. Box 443, Bartlesville, OK 74005 Phone: 800-747-0085 Web:


QUESTION From: (Keith Hook)
My two college age daughters are becoming drawn more and more to missions work of some time in Latin America, probably South America. They have taken short-term trips to Mexico, Venezuela, and Ecuador. My oldest daughter especially is an avid reader and is very interested in missionary biographies of the region. She has already read the typical ones regarding Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, etc. Any other suggestions?

I was very impressed by David Howard's biography, _The Costly Harvest_ (Tyndale Rev. 1975) because he didn't gloss over the perplexing, difficult issues of mission work in Colombia--it seemed more honest and real than a lot of other biographies I've read. _Bruchko_ (Creation House 1993)is hopefully an unusual exception to the way missions is done, but is a thrilling bestseller. William Carey Library also advertises: Don't Rush the Lord (WCL 1997--Radio ministry), New Song in the Andes (WCL 1992), Sent to the River God Forgot (Tyndale 1995--Bible Translation), Uncle Cam (Wycliffe 1995), all focused on S. America.

Autobiography of Stuart Mill, former missionary to the Solomon Islands and founder of Gospel Recordings Australia. According to journalist Dan Wooding, who helped with the writing project, "Stuart is certainly someone who is never lost for words. And many around the world have every reason to be thankful for that and for his enthusiastic and inventive spirit. He is a true pioneer for the Gospel!" For a copy of his book, "Lost for Words," contact Language Recordings, Inc., Private Mail Bag 19, Castle Hill, NSW 2154, Australia.

Mr. Augustine Roman influenced thousands, rising from a childhood of poverty in Veracruz, Mexico, to a life dedicated to translating God's Word and bringing dignity to his people. Wycliffe Bible Translators is offering any three of the following four books for $15 (including postage!) Send orders to Wycliffe Bible translators, P.O. Box 2727, Huntington Beach, CA 92647-0727

ON THE FRONT LINES: 12 National Christian leaders
From: "Kevin A. Guttman" <> Partners International has just produced a book _On the Front Lines_. It contains 12 short faith-building stories of national Christian leaders. Each story is 3-4 pages long & tells about the dramatic ways that God has protected, provided & used these front line leaders to advance His kingdom. These "unsung heros" are from places like China, North Africa, India, Liberia, etc. The book is FREE & would make a good reading for people of all ages! To order contact Partners International, 1313 N. Atlantic St. #4000 Spokane, WA. 99201 509-343-4000 or 800-966-5515 fax number is 509-343-4015. .

The Aguaruna of Peru, pressured by the outside world, but lovingly shaped and saved through God's intervention. Wycliffe Bible Translators is offering any three of the following four books for $15 (including postage!) Send orders to Wycliffe Bible translators, P.O. Box 2727, Huntington Beach, CA 92647-0727

33 Alliance missionary accounts of healings, miracles, and power encounters are compelling reading that will stir God's people to intercessory prayer. Compiled by Marilynne Foster. $8.99 plus $3 S&H from Christian Publications 1-800-233-4443 (Source: Alliance Life magazine)

Cameron Townsend's life and work leading to his founding of WBT. By Hugh Steven. Wycliffe Bible Translators is offering any three of the following four books for $15 (including postage!) Send orders to Wycliffe Bible translators, P.O. Box 2727, Huntington Beach, CA 92647-0727


The JUNIOR JAFFRAY COLLECTION of Missionary Stories by Grace B. Cutts, distributed by the Christian & Missionary Alliance. (Christian Publications 800-233-4443). They have short chapters with a black&white picture for each chapter and talk mostly of how God took care of the missionary in that country.


Books for grades 1-5, by Ava Lawrence. Based on the author's personal missionary experience, the first book is _Wahili: The Water Boy_. about a courageous orphan boy in the jungles of Africa. Other books include stories from Japan and Siberia. $14.95 each plus $3 Shipping, from Papillon Publishing, P.O. Box 28553, Dallas, TX 75228. EMAIL:

From: Jan Bell These are hot off the press! The Ruby Slippers School Series. ..In <>, two girls make a new friend, a young Antiguan girl named Zoe. The girls discover a hidden map and set out to search for the treasure. In <> [a] family visits missionary friends whose printing press is being vandalized...Great reading for 1-3 graders, [especially if they're] homeschooled... Looks like there are more to come in the series. Good reading to show how to develop friends with children from other cultures -- a valuable skill to have these days. Author, Stacy Towle Morgan. Bethany House Publishers Price: $4.00 each. Pre-paid orders can be placed through kids-can-net. Journey to Japan and New Zealand Shakeup - Ruby Slippers School Series latest two books. US$3.99 each. Available through the Children's Missions Resource Center, 1605 Elizabeth St., Pasadena, CA 91104.

The Fate of the Yellow Woodbee - Latest in the Trailblazer book series--an Auca child's view of the slaying of the five missionaries in Ecuador. US$5.99 Available through the Children's Missions Resource Center, 1605 Elizabeth St., Pasadena, CA 91104

Vol.2 - By Dave and Neta Jackson. 15 Christians who have made a lasting impact for Christ. US$12.99 Available through the Children's Missions Resource Center, 1605 Elizabeth St., Pasadena, CA 91104.

By David Shibley. c.1989/93 New Leaf Press. This paperback book contains 22 short stories about famous missionaries and evangelists in easy-reading style for Jr. High and High Schoolers. $8 from World Christian News or 1-888-WCN-NEWS.