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Review: Inspiring Stories—Missionaries in Action

Inspiring Stories – Missionaries in Action; Compiled by Lynn Goldsmith. Ark House Press, Sydney and Auckland, 2010

As the cover proclaims, this book is “A collection of inspiring stories from REAL people in the mission field”. And one of the great things about it is the variety of mission experiences it covers. They include the story of Mary Lewis, former CMS medical missionary to Nepal with her husband Owen, and now serving in South Australia with Bush Church Aid. Mary’s lively account ranges from light-hearted to desperately sad: a microcosm of mission life. Irene Gleeson shares the story of how she founded Childcare Kitgum Servants in Uganda to show Christ’s love to children whose lives have been ravaged by war; Belinda Lamprecht writes candidly of serving God among HIV/AIDS victims in South Africa with Operation Mobilisation. Lawrence Hirschhe grew up Jewish in South Africa and through his brother came to acknowledge Christ as the Messiah; he and his Gentile wife became missionaries and also raised a daughter born with a severe brain condition. Not all the contributors work outside Australia: Laurel Gore serves with Prison Network Ministries, sharing Christ with some of Australia’s most forgotten women; and Aimee McCahon is Events Manager for The Bible Society. Their collective wisdom has things to teach all of us—and the common thread running through all their stories is the message of God’s abiding faithfulness and empowerment.