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A Newcastle nurse takes a big step of faith in this fascinating and moving Missionary biography of Wendy Grey, the Midwife of Borneo.
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Imagine Call the Midwife, but instead of the cobbled streets and rushing bicycles of 1950s East End London there are the lush jungles of Borneo, and a Geordie nurse answering calls from native people who have never seen a face as pale as hers before.
This is the setting for the Midwife of Borneo.
This is Wendy Grey’s story. A true story.
Her life in Newcastle was a comfortable one. As a trained nurse with a promising future ahead of her, Wendy Gray’s future seemed secure. Fixed. Or, it would be if she didn’t sense God calling her elsewhere, to a place a little warmer and wilder than the streets of Newcastle.
Soon she finds herself thousands of miles away from home, hundreds of miles away from urban life, running a clinic so remote from everything she’s ever known that many of her patients stare at her light skin with disbelief. But it’s not only her appearance that causes a stir. In a place where witchcraft is the primary form of medical care, there is a wall of suspicion about these alien practices Wendy brings to the area. Not that her resilient friendliness doesn’t begin to win the inhabitants over one-by-one. She soon wins over the trust and respect of the men, women and children there.
If only teaching new ways of medicine were her only problems, though. From the poisonous wildlife of Borneo to tea-parties with the governor to even playing scrobble with nuns, these events of Wendy’s are told with a tremendous eye for detail, thanks to Wendy herself. Throughout her whole time in Borneo, she wrote in her diary by oil-light, in her palm-leaf house, at the very edge of the day.
Her story shows not only a great courage, but the ways a deep love and faith can motivate a single person to do amazing things. A great read for fans of Call the Midwife, Wendy Gray’s story is an uplifting and endearing read.
Midwife of Borneo by Wendy Grey Rogerson was published by SPCK in November 2018 and is our 44th best seller. The ISBN for Midwife of Borneo is 9780281080304.
1959. Newcastle nurse Wendy Grey leaves her comfortable life and answers a call from native people to run a clinic in a place so remote, many have never before seen a white woman. Until her arrival, medical witchcraft has been the norm, but Wendy quickly gains the trust of the locals with her friendly, capable ways, and they begin flocking to her for treatment. However, when some require emergency surgery, she must also become anaesthetist and surgeon . . . or watch her patients die.
From treacherous jungle treks to tea parties with the governor; from tussles with snakes and scorpions to Scrabble with the nuns; from struggling with illness to suddenly falling in love – this unique glimpse into contrasting sides of a lost colonial world is possible thanks to Wendy's detailed diaries, written by the light of an oil lamp in her bamboo and palm-leaf house.
Back home, churches throughout the United Kingdom are praying for the brave young woman in Borneo.
|Author / Artist||Wendy Grey Rogerson|
|Publisher||SPCK (November 2018)|
|Number of Pages||268|
|Page last updated||6th November 2018|