I have just spent the last two days in Moore River hanging out with Danelle and the kids and doing some reading. (Moore River is a tiny beachside town of 80 people where Danelle’s folks have just built a their retirement home)
Danelle’s mum Val has a stash of books about missionaries of all sorts, but the one I picked up yesterday grabbed me because it was a little unusual. It was entitled Reluctant Missionary and was written by Edith Buxton, the daughter of the much better known CT Studd who was an English cricketer (not that you want to admit to that!) and early pioneer missionary to the Belgian Congo and later Ethiopia.
It was her story of how she reluctantly followed the call of God to Africa, struggled most of the way and for much of the time resented what God had called her to. While she shared some of the victories they experienced she was also very honest (especially for her era) with regard to the difficulties of being pioneers in a tough land.
Her father, while something of a hero, also sounded like quite a difficult man to get on with and missionaries were regulalry shooting off to join other mission societies because he was so hardline.
She made some incredible sacrifices to do what she did and her story is inspiring in its raw honesty. If you get a chance then you should dig it up somewhere and have a read!