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Foreign Devil Girl in Hong Kong
     

Foreign Devil Girl in Hong Kong

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by Ruth Epp
 

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Early in 1959, Ruth left her home on the South Dakota prairies and traveled by cargo ship to Hong Kong, on the south coast of China. She was answering a call from God.

The ship's officers smiled in amusement and asked, "What do you think a twenty-two-year-old girl like you can do in Hong Kong?"

She thought she knew-until she found herself a "foreign devil

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Early in 1959, Ruth left her home on the South Dakota prairies and traveled by cargo ship to Hong Kong, on the south coast of China. She was answering a call from God.

The ship's officers smiled in amusement and asked, "What do you think a twenty-two-year-old girl like you can do in Hong Kong?"

She thought she knew-until she found herself a "foreign devil girl" surrounded by poor working class people, whose language, culture, and life experiences were totally foreign to her. God was her only confidante and friend as she struggled to learn how to fulfill her mission.

Cantonese is one of the most difficult Chinese dialects to learn, and her "teacher" didn't know a word of English. Her attempts to speak sometimes provoked outbursts of hilarious laughter. Such experiences showed her some surprising things about herself and increased her determination to learn to speak Cantonese perfectly.

Unexpectedly challenging questions were raised about the God she introduced, and she was hard pressed to find convincing answers. But God blessed her efforts to bring people to him, and helped her as she took time to re-evaluate her own faith.

The author tells her story honestly, just as she did long ago in her journal when she recorded the "lessons" she learned through the successes and failures, joys and sorrows of her first four and a half years in Hong Kong. Her writing gives us an inspiring view of a real God at work in the life of a real person.

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ISBN-13:
9781462403080
Publisher:
Inspiring Voices
Publication date:
09/28/2012
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
1,411,846
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.39(d)

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Foreign Devil Girl in Hong Kong 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Charley7 More than 1 year ago
This book is a little gem. It was quick, insightful and full of real stories that depict a young girl following her instinct led by God and her gut. The stories of her struggles learning the language and later mastering it were enjoyable. Her kindness, passion and dedication to helping others is quite inspiring. A great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ruth Epp has been our neighbor for several years now, so we know a little bit about her past and present missionary work. Yet we are inspired even more after reading her book "Foreign Devil Girl in Hong Kong." Both the young, and as Ruth's husband John puts it "those more advanced in years" will be encouraged by reading this book. Read "Foreign Devil Girl in Hong Kong" for yourself and take in a little history of Hong Kong, learn of the Chinese culture, and contrast Ruth's adventures as a missionary, basically growing up in Hong Kong, to what most of us were doing in our twenties. We find it fascinating to know so much about Ruth. Without this book, Ruth might have just been another grandmother in our neighborhood about whom we knew very little. Now we know her even better, and count it as a blessing. Cedric and Sara