Doug Erlandson

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5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Compelling account

Having grown up in the 1950s in a Christian and Missionary Alliance church I was on the receiving end of numerous reports of missionaries on furlough. Typically on a Sunday evening they would come dressed in native costumes and with countless slides of what life was like in Africa, South America, or south Asia. This is one reason why I read with such fascination "Missionary Kid," a memoir written by Margaret Essebaggers Dopirak. Although from the many presentations I had listened to and watched as a youth I had gained some understanding of what life was like for missionaries and their children when they weren't on furlough, this book opened my eyes to the realities of day-to-day life, the deprivations and dangers, the illnesses endemic to the fields where they lived, and, on the other hand, the joys they experienced as they brought the Gospel to those native to the land where they toiled. This well-written and compelling memoir fleshed out my comprehension of something of which I had only gained a small glimpse as a youth. "Missionary Kid" is a book I would highly recommend for anyone who is interested in what life was like for the missionaries who left the comforts of their homeland to help fulfill the Great Commission.

I also found this a fascinating read because of a couple points of contact that I discovered I had with the author. The college she went to in the states, Elmhurst College, is just ten miles to the east of Wheaton College, the one I attended.   . . . .   The second point of contact is that she grew up in the Evangelical and Reformed church, which was the result of the 1934 merger of the Evangelical Synod and the Reformed Church in the United States (RCUS).


I received a copy of this book in exchange for writing an honest review, which I am more than happy to provide.