Discover Adventist Today supporter Deanne Hoehn’s captivating missionary journey in post-colonial Africa. By purchasing this book, you’re not just embarking on an exciting read – you’re contributing to Adventist Today’s mission as all proceeds go to AT.
Deanne Hoehn spent 13 years of her young life writing these stories about becoming a missionary in the context of post-colonial Africa during the years of Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Kenneth Kaunda, the Rhodesian/Zimbabwean war, apartheid, Freedom Fighters, racism, sexism, poverty, gold, and diamonds in Africa. In the rest of the world the Vietnam war was just finishing, Richard Nixon was fighting the Watergate burglary. And Adventists were still trying to send enough missionaries to “finish the work” so that Jesus could come back again. History is mostly written by men, and they focus on the wars and deeds of men. But Chloe Angyal wrote, “It’s mostly men who write history but it’s women who live through the most of it. And in daily life, it’s women who do the work of remembering.…”
Deanne wrote this book as it was happening. She was not writing about the grand sweeps of power that men and wars claim as history. She was recording the domestic, private, often-forgotten stories of how (without guns, votes, advertisements, medals, or monuments) racism, sexism, and poverty caused by greed and exploitation in this world are secretly subverted. This is a true story of how Heaven secretly invades earth. This is about the hidden resistance to evil in this world that comes from the good men and many great women who specialize in the habitual application of love. The battlefield is in house, garden, neighborhood, kitchen, hospitality, sharing, teaching, birthing, failing, learning, and living. The cover teases, “This is not a mission story, this is a missionary story. This story is true, but not a “history”—this is a “her-story. Lions, leopards, elephants, hippo, dikker, cobras, puff adders, monkeys and gnu are in this story, but mostly this is a love story.”
Early readers are enthusiastic: “I started reading, and could not put it down! What a beautiful story. Completely drew me in and I read every word. The pacing, the way the events unfold feels like hearing a friend talking about an exotic life of service that could not even be imagined in its complexity. The letters create an intimacy…as if reading someone’s diary and learning what really happens and how it feels.”
AT Governing Board and Executive Committee member Dr. Jack Hoehn, Deanne’s husband, has added an introduction and a few chapters to put the stories into context. But the book is Deanne talking to you as an intimate friend about her unusual times in unusual places living the love of God as we all may learn to do.