Isobel Kuhn: On the Roof of the World – As a fourteen-year-old intent on living a “modern” life, the last thing Isobel Kuhn wanted to grow up to be was a missionary. But as it turned out, this young agnostic’s life was redirected — from crisis and doubt to hope and strength. Convinced that God wanted her to preach the gospel as a China Inland missionary, Isobel bravely served among the Lisu people in remote mountainous regions of China and Thailand. After more than twenty years of ministry, Isobel returned to the United States, writing stirring stories of faith that have inspired generations of readers.
I was really challenged by how Isobel loved the Lisu, even before she actually got to minister to them. She was so determined to get to the “Lisuland” when she first stepped into China, though her health prevented her from going there right away. And her Rainy Season Bible School created a lasting impact among the Lisu, so much so that more than 85% of the Lisu in that area where she and her husband ministered are Christian today!
This one is next on my list! I’m actually reading all of the women’s bios in the series first in my goal for this year- have you read Mary Slessor? Her story is amazing!!
It was amazing to see how she loved the Lisu people. Despite a comfortable future as a teacher, she gave it up to become a missionary. Through her life, I could see how she built up faith to give up lesser loves in order to pursue the greatest love that only comes from God. As she struggled with anxiety over her husband and children, ultimately she found peace through trusting in God.