Barker publishes second book about missionary nurse
Sioux Center resident Arlene Schuiteman, a 95-year-old former missionary nurse, and Jeff Barker, Northwestern College theatre professor, have collaborated to produce the second volume in a series about Schuiteman’s life: “Iowa Ethiopia.”
Starting where Barker’s first book about Schuiteman, “Sioux Center Sudan,” ended, the sequel follows Schuiteman from 1966 to 1977 as she helped open a “dresser school” in the city of Mettu, teaching wound care and other medical skills to Ethiopian health care workers.
During those years, Schuiteman also witnessed a spiritual revival that swept through Ethiopia—a revival that touched her personally and resulted in surprising gifts of the Holy Spirit in her own life.
A play version of the book will be performed by the Northwestern College Drama Ministries Ensemble on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at First Reformed Church in Orange City.