The story begins in a nineteenth-century-type mission situation, even though it was 1947 when they reached Haiti. Ivah's letters trace some of their hopes and aspirations, some of the difficulties and delays, and the emerging forms of mission to meet critical needs. Theirs was a constructive response to situations which could be only partially corrected. But they cast shafts of light into the darkness. "By The Light of My Kerosene Lamp" reveals a balanced spiritual and Christian social action ministry, one dedicated to training and helping Haitians in a wide variety of ways.