JOY TO MY by Gene Gleason


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The dedication of Joy to My Heart reads: ""To Sister Annie Who Leaves Everything to God, But Nothing to Chance."" The eldest of five children born to the Skaus in Norway, Annie early decided to become a nurse. She presented herself for training at eighteen, was turned down for two more years. It was while she was working in a mental hospital that she heard God say, ""I want you to go to China and serve in the mission field."" She went, as a member of the Mission Covenant Church of Norway, in 1937, to a country where idol worshippers tortured those who were interested in the religion of the ""foreign devils."" She remained through the Communist take-over, when she faced accusation courts and imprisonment, until 1951-long enough to feel certain that it was ""a system driven by the power of the Devil."" After a brief home sojourn, she went to Hong Kong and Rennie's Mill Camp, where refugees found sanctuary and medical aid. She built the Haven of Hope sanatorium, and now has an X-ray lab, treatment room and nurses' home from the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, the Hope Ward from the U.S. government for World Refugee Year, the Rehabilitation Center from the Norwegian Refugee Council, the Technical Block through the U.S. grant to Hong Kong. Gene Gleason makes much of her dealing with the Chinese people, and of her direct line to God--she seems to receive her backing by praying for it. An ordinary presentation of the missionary life for devotional readers.

Publisher: McGraw-Hill