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Troubled Journey: A Missionary Childhood in War-Torn China (Cook)

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Faith Cook shares her first-hand story of the trials faced by a child of missionary parents living in China during the turbulent period of the Second World War and the subsequent Communist takeover. While much has been written about the heroic achievements and sacrifices of many Christian missionaries to China, Troubled Journey introduces us to a side of the story that has rarely, if ever, been told. Many young people today have known much emotional deprivation early in life.

This story of childhood in a war-torn country may well help them to reconcile their painful experiences with God’s loving kindness and his purposes of grace for them. It may indeed encourage all who read it to appreciate in a new way the care and mercy of God, overruling even the tragedies of life and turning them to good for his people.

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Table of Contents:

  1. In Love with a Photograph
  2. The Missionary Call: A High Price to Pay
  3. Life and Work on a Mission Station
  4. Escaping the Japanese
  5. A School in Exile
  6. In Trouble with Rats
  7. A Family Together
  8. At School in the Mountains
  9. Into the Unknown
  10. Two Pink Sugar Mice
  11. Postal Parents
  12. And Afterwards


Faith Cook, daughter of Stanley and Norah Rowe, missionaries of the China Inland Mission (now OMF), was born in north-west China. After missionaries were evicted from the country in 1951, she returned to the UK and attended Clarendon School in North Wales before proceeding to teacher training college in Bromley, Kent. She married Paul Cook in 1961, and they served several evangelical churches in the Midlands and Yorkshire before his retirement. They have a daughter, four sons and ten grandchildren, and now live in Breaston, Derbyshire.