Iowa Ethiopia: A Missionary Nurse's Journey Continues

by Jeff Barker

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Retail: $16.95
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 246
Pub Date: November 2019
ISBN: 9781683072355
ISBN-13: 9781683072355
Item Number: 072355
Categories: Christian Living; Missions and Evangelism

Product Description

Following Sioux Center Sudan comes another historical account of Arlene Schuiteman’s missionary work. Iowa Ethiopia brings us to one of the world’s ancient cultures and the revolution that changed one woman’s spiritual journey . . . and nearly cost her everything.

Now in her nineties, retired nurse and missionary Arlene Schuiteman is quiet, seemingly timid. She does not desire attention or fame. However, she has years of stories to tell about rambling across the fields of her Iowa family farm, settling on a Sudanese riverbank, climbing through the rugged hollers of Kentucky, and being swept away to the western mountains of Ethiopia. Iowa Ethiopia looks back at Arlene’s work as a missionary nurse in Ethiopia between 1966 and 1977, where she trained young men in the practice of modern medicine. Like in Sioux Center Sudan, Arlene’s inspiring stories have the power to transfix, pierce, and heal. Captivating and honest, they declare the power of God to us today in our ongoing efforts to be strong witnesses to Christ’s kingdom. The stories in this book have been collected from her journals and letters, and retold by award-winning dramatist Jeff Barker


Praise for Sioux Center Sudan (Book 1)

“Fascinating. Arlene walks right off the pages.”

—Gerald Borchert, author of Jesus of Nazareth

“I could not put it down and finished in two days.”

—Nikki Wede, professor of nursing

“Finished the book last night, with tears in my eyes. If I didn’t know better, I would say this story has to be a tale of fiction, it’s so remarkable.”

—Lisa Boonstra Burg, writer

“So accessible and real. I felt like I was living the story with Arlene and her family.”

—Jonathan Opgenorth, president of Words of Hope

“Jeff Barker is a master storyteller who gets at the heart of God’s call to mission.”

—Joe Culumber, missionary

Author Bio

Jeff Barker teaches theater and worship arts at Northwestern College and the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. When not teaching, you can find him in a theater or on a film set, orchestrating story-focused worship for a local church or a national conference, or challenging his students to a game of chess.