MARCY (WEBER) NINOMIYA
THE POWER OF CHANGEA Mennonite Girl's Footprints in Asia
"I was sound asleep on my futon when, suddenly, I was thrown awake vertically, then horizontally with a sound like a bomb exploding and a demon-like sound emanating from deep in the earth."
"We had twenty-nine beds in the hospital, but, when Zelma returned, we had sixty inpatients. Intravenous was hanging from nails on the walls with two to three patients in a bed. It was chaos!!"
"These tribes-people were forced to leave their nomadic mountainous way of life and relocate to the hot coastal area. With no access to clean drinking water, a subsistent diet and limited protection from the elements, many villagers become ill. We took as many patients with us as we could get back in the Xe lam after visiting three villages."
PRAISE FOR THE POWER OF CHANGE
"I wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed and appreciated reading your book. I have known bits and pieces of your story, but there was so much more depth and context in your book that I could not put it down at times. I was especially struck by your strong faith and willingness to let it lead you to places that most people would not be willing/able to go. You accomplished so much, in the middle of such devastation and loss.
Thank you for sharing your story with us. It is certainly a story, and a message, worth sharing. Even though most of your life was lived and shaped in Asia, I am very glad that you and Akiie decided to spend your retirement here. I'm sure it was, and is, another huge change for both of you, but clearly this is a challenge that you are both well equipped to handle! It's what you have done for your whole life - the power of change! "
~ Karen Martin, cousin of the author
~ Bill Herod, fellow VNSCer