New Redemption Press memoir shares missionary’s story of loss of family in plane crash
FAITH NEWS SERVICE – An estimated 420,000 people serve overseas as Christian missionaries, but studies show that about 66,547 more missionaries are needed to reach those who don’t yet know Jesus.*
Isobel Kuhn, who served as a missionary in China and Thailand from 1928–1954, believed God calls missionaries but not enough answer that calling. “I believe that in each generation God has called enough men and women to evangelize all the yet unreached tribes of the earth. It is not God who does not call, it is man who will not respond.”**
Marion Wright and her late husband, Jim Zirkle, responded to God’s calling for them to move to Guatemala in 1979 and live as missionaries. In her new memoir, Devastation in Mountain Measure, Wright shares of their ministry and of the day tragedy struck.
“Life changed on November 1, 1998, when my husband, son, son-in-law, and two of our missionaries, along with six other people volunteering with our ministry, died in a plane crash,” Wright said. “Though I was completely devastated, I knew Jim would have wanted the ministry to continue and would not want me to live in grief.”
Twenty-four years later, Wright still lives in Guatemala and leads the ministry, which now provides outreach to eleven countries, with ministries including evangelistic campaigns, medical clinics, an orphanage, and a Bible school with 45,000 graduates.
Devastation in Mountain Measure chronicles Wright’s redemptive story—from her calling to be a missionary at age fifteen, through the founding of Living Water Teaching, to her reliance on God to continue her calling after the death of her family and the loss of her partner in life and ministry.
In the years since the accident, Wright says God has continued to show Himself faithful and has brought redemption through His grace.
“Regardless of any kind of situation—problem, tragedy, divorce, death, sickness—the grace of God will enable you to not only overcome but also to have a life worth living,” Wright said. “Through my story, I hope readers will have full assurance that with God nothing is impossible and that He can change a tragedy into a victory.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marion Wright founded Living Water Teaching in Guatemala in 1979, along with her late husband Jim Zirkle. She stepped into the primary leadership position in 1998, after Jim’s death, and manages the organization’s massive outreach to eleven countries, with ministries including evangelistic campaigns, medical clinics, an orphanage, and a Bible school with 45,000 graduates. Marion has two grown daughters, a son who lives in heaven, fifteen grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. She has been married to Clarence Wright since 2003, and together they are passionate about the ministry of Living Water Teaching and the people of Guatemala.
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