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God's Needle


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A tremendously cheerful account of life as a missionary in West Africa. Shrewd and brave, Lily laid the foundations for a flourishing church.

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A nurse in Guinea Bissau for most of her working life, Lily is now retired and living in the UK. John Butterworth has been an award-winning journalist for 44 years, a newspaper editor for 28 years and in 2008 he was awarded the MBE for services to journalism and charity. He has also been a Reader in the Church of England for 24 years. He has written six books, including God's Secret Listener and God's Needle, and he travels all round the Midlands giving talks to groups.


"I simply couldn't put it down." -- Helen Roseveare
"What a gem of a book - may your heart be warmed and challenged as you read it!" -- Patrick Johnstone, Operation World
What an exciting life Lily must have lead. This book is wonderful. I enjoyed reading about the trials and tribulations of being a missionary. Lily translates the New testament into Papel for the people of her area. but she has to invent a written alphabet before she can do the translation. This book takes us into the heart of her work. She fights food problems, malaria, an escaped psychiatric patient, Cholera and Rabies. This book holds your interest all the way through. You will find yourself rooting for Lily and her work. She is truly a great woman that devoted her life to God and to doing his work. She is truly an Angel to the people of West Africa. -- Patricia McCluskey * Netgalley *
"This very personal book tells the story Lily Gaynor's work as a medical missionary in Guinea-Bissau [It is] a heartening story, [for] which anyone interested not only in evangelisation but in third world development as a whole. Facing all [her obstacles] she suggests that the missionary has to `keep the fire alive in their heart'." * The Irish Catholic *
`This book will provide a fascinating and inspiring read to any believer. A wonderful account of a great God at work through ordinary people.' -- Julia Jones * evangelicals now *

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