Jessie's House of Needles
'My clinic now has a new Dani name, the house of needles. Quite appropriate don't you think?' Jessie wrote to her hundreds of supporters back home. Jessie Williamson was a courageous missionary nurse who devoted 35 years of her...
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'My clinic now has a new Dani name, the house of needles. Quite appropriate don't you think?' Jessie wrote to her hundreds of supporters back home.
Jessie Williamson was a courageous missionary nurse who devoted 35 years of her life to tribal people in the remote and dangerous highlands of West Papua. She was both witness and participant in the rapid transformation of their stone-age societies with its triumphs and tragedies, social, religious and political turmoil, life and death struggles, earthquakes, droughts, and the uneasy clash of old Gods and new beliefs. Jessie nursed, evangelised and built a network of village medics and midwives who continue her work today. Jessie's House of Needles tells the fascinating story of a truly remarkable Australian.
John Algate has more than 40 years' experience in journalism, politics, communications and marketing. Whatever his day job - news or political reporter, documentary maker, speech writer or media advisor - he never lost his love of writing and the thrill of unearthing a good story.
- Foreword By Don Richardson; Introduction; 1 - First Contact... First Impressions; 2 - An Eye Opening Initiation; 3 - The House Of Needles; 4 - Finding God And Nursing; 5 - Called To A Hard Life; 6-mission Aviation Fellowship (maf); 7 - Missions In West Papua; 8 - Medical Evangelism; 9 - Oubiyo's Story; 10 - Death And 'coincidence'; 11 - Adjusting To Change; 12 - A New Challenge - Korupun; 13 - Through Others' Eyes; 14 - Clinic Workers; 15 - Village Midwives; 16 - Staying Connected - Staying Well; 17 - Clash Of Cultures And Beliefs; 18 - The Tokuni; 19 - Church And State; 20 - To Baptise Or Not To Baptise; 21 - Aches, Pains And Emergencies; 22 - The 'death' Month; 23 - Translating The Bible; 24 - Drought, Death And Desperation; 25 - Jessie's Two Worlds; 26 - Earthquakes; 27 - An Inspiration To Many; 28 - Rebels, War And Payback; 29 - Rising Expectations; 30 - Payback For The Postman; 31 - Goodbye To The Highlands; 32 - Like The Prodigal Son; 33 - Back Home - The Later Years; 34 - The Last Word; Acknowledgements