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From China Seas to Desert Sands

Jean Goodwin


The biography of missionaries Stewart and Jean Goodwin, including life in a Japanese War Camp during the Second World War.

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“This is an exceptionally moving and fascinating account of a family of six who graciously adapted to working in five continents over seven decades.

It starts with Jean aged nine, captured in China by brutal Japanese soldiers and imprisoned with her family, where she was half-starved, lost much education, and her family life was totally disrupted. [She] overcame all these deprivations, and went on to a life of selfless devotion to others …

This book is an amazing account of how Jean raised four children in some of the most primitive conditions with all the uncertainties and health hazards, adapting and coping with so many unusual customs and foods, and with so little complaining. At the same time, she supported her pioneering husband in his leprosy work, his outstanding research, and lecturing in many countries.

This is a truly inspiring account of a nurse who triumphed over all kinds of adversity, upheld by a vibrant and mature Christian faith.”

– Professor the Lord McColl CBE MS FRCS Hon FDS RCS

ISBN: 9781907509872 (PB) / 9781910197004 (HC)

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