Indonesia: Land of Challenge

Indonesia: Land of Challenge

Indonesia: Land of Challenge

Indonesia: Land of Challenge

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By the time I entered first grade I was already well introduced to the Far East, for my mother had two beautiful cousins who had gone out as missionaries, one to Japan and the other to China, and who came home on furlough to our house bringing their children, their quaint costumes, scripts, idols, shoes, silverwork; their hairbreadth escapes from famines, pestilence and brigands; and the needs of their hospitals, kindergartens, schools. Throughout our school days we children had saving banks for our favorite Oriental students and patients; we wrote and produced plays to make money for our projects; we sent toys and clothes; we learned geography without trying. Through our college days it was the same, with an ever-widening circle of Eastern friends, and a growing understanding that friendship means mutual exchange. In my graduate days I learned a smattering of Chinese and took courses in Eastern religions. And so there was nothing surprising about our going to China, my husband and I, for six years of work in a boys' senior middle school and considerable travel during vacations. We came home with our three China-born children and a yen to go back. But we became absorbed in other interests, including finding schools in America for our young Oriental friends, not a few of whom came to the college of which my husband was later president.

Finally in 1950 my husband turned eastward again, this . . .

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