First a Friend: The Life and Legacy of Alvan and Ardys Thuma

 
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In 1951, Alvan and Ardys Thuma packed up their comfortable American life and two small boys to set sail for Africa – to follow a call to medical missions. In what was then called Southern and Northern Rhodesia, “Doc” and his wife offered things never seen in this part of the African bush – hands-on medical examinations, a “magic pill” called penicillin, a community hospital with beds and nurses . . . but more than that . . . an invitation to sit at their table and a humble offer to live life together and learn from each other, regardless of skin color. Battling disease, cultural traditions, political tensions and an elusive foe in their own marriage, the Thumas’ story showcases how God uses imperfect people for His perfect ways.

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Carolyn Kimmel is a journalist who writes for newspapers and magazines, both in Pennsylvania and nationally. She has also written two books on early missionaries with the Brethren in Christ Church. Carolyn lives in Dillsburg, Pa. with her husband, Mark, and three daughters.

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