New Memoir Chronicles 1940s South Pacific Mission Work

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‘Heart-Cry’ records Christian missionary work of author’s parents and escape from Japanese

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Arlita Morken Winston’s biography “Heart-Cry” (published by Trafford Publishing) is a chronicle of her and her parents’ efforts to bring ministry to the aborigines of Indonesia before World War II. She also includes modern remembrances from her return to the island, more than 60 years later.

Does God's heart cry out for cannibals? Does God's heart cry for suicide bombers or terrorists? Is the Christian message of God's love as valid today as it was in the past, or is it old and ineffective news? These are the questions at the heart of Winston’s narrative.

An excerpt from “Heart-Cry”:

“For days we had hacked our way by machete through some of the most dense jungles on this island. We swam through crocodile-infested rivers searching for them. At last, we came to a clearing. Yes, there were signs they had lived there, but something had caused them to leave in a hurry. For days, we trailed the tribe that was running, always running.

I held out my arms like this, and lifted the chief up. ‘Kill you? We do not want to kill you! Who told you that we wanted to kill you?’”

“My parents risked their lives and ours for the sake of a tribe of aborigines whose government considered them to be little more than animals,” Winston says. “For three years they faced spear-wielding tribal chiefs, tigers, panthers, doubt, disease and death, only to finally flee for their lives from the invading Japanese armies. Sixty years later I went back to that jungle and found the hope my father brought them still alive in their songs and their hearts.”

About the Author
As the child of missionaries, Arlita Morken Winston’s early years were spent in various Asian countries. Her family fled for their lives through the jungles of Sumatra as the Japanese invaded the Dutch East Indies, now known as Indonesia, during World War II. They escaped by ship and were tossed on the high seas for three months, dodging submarines with no radio contact with the outside world until they arrived safely in New York City harbor. Later they sailed to Shanghai, China only to watch it fall to the Communists one year later, and were placed under “city arrest” for another year.

After evacuating to Japan, Winston returned to America to finish her high school and college education. She married a family physician and has spent most of her adult life teaching Bible studies and speaking in women’s conferences internationally.

"Heart Cry has been translated and will soon be published in Bahasa Indonesia."

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