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10 review for Green Leaf in Drought

  1. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    As soon as Arthur and Wilda Mathews arrived, they knew something was wrong. The Chinese church in Hwangyuan, China, had asked them to come and minister in 1950. But now the church leaders seemed strained. The Mathews soon learned that the area had fallen to Communism, and association with white missionaries was a detriment to the Chinese Christians. The Mathews thought it best, then, to leave. But a capricious Chinese official would not grant their exit visas. The money from the Mathews’ mission As soon as Arthur and Wilda Mathews arrived, they knew something was wrong. The Chinese church in Hwangyuan, China, had asked them to come and minister in 1950. But now the church leaders seemed strained. The Mathews soon learned that the area had fallen to Communism, and association with white missionaries was a detriment to the Chinese Christians. The Mathews thought it best, then, to leave. But a capricious Chinese official would not grant their exit visas. The money from the Mathews’ mission came through this official, who then made Arthur wait, grovel, and ask repeatedly for the needed funds. The official only gave them a fraction of what they were due. He also slowly tightened the restraints on the Mathews. First, they could not have the building belonging to the mission. Then they could not evangelize or participate in ministry. Then, a short while later, they could not leave their premises except to draw water, buy food, and gather materials for a fire. And finally, they were not allowed to speak to other Chinese. The Matthews’ story is told in the book Green Leaf in Drought by Isobel Kuhn, which I reviewed a few years ago here: https://barbaraleeharper.com/2008/08/.... Their story came back to mind in our current pandemic situation. They were isolated for different reasons than we are. We’re not suffering persecution, being spied on by people who would benefit from betraying us, or starved out by petty power-mongers. But they did wonder: how in the world could they be a testimony when they couldn’t even speak to people? I shared some thoughts from the book on that here: https://barbaraleeharper.com/2020/04/....

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Dodge

  3. 5 out of 5

    Charis Flanders

  4. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Mcdade

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy L Stewart

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elise Paty

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lynne

  8. 5 out of 5

    Strawberry Shortcake

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

  10. 5 out of 5

    John Carden

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