When the Lights Go Out: Memoir of a Missionary to Somalia

Author(s): Ruth Myors

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In 1960, Ruth Myors left Australia to work as a midwife with the Somali people. For over two decades, she worked in a hospital in Somalia, a village in Ethiopia and in radio ministry in Kenya. During this time, government decisions, coups, communist takeovers, natural disasters, sudden deaths and other misfortunes disrupted plans and brought about unexpected changes in Ruth's life.

In When the Lights Go Out, Ruth describes how these experiences have shaped her and shown her that God is faithful, and that even during the darkest periods, his light shows the way ahead.


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This book is an invitation to ‘grab a coffee, pull up a chair, and let me tell you about the God who has been my closest friend in life’. It has the ‘wow’ factor – not about the author and her exploits, but about the God who was always there, in the dark moments as well as the joyful moments … It is a book about culture, about gospel communication, about dealing with change and, above all, about the adequacy of God in all of life. It is a book that will cause you to smile, to reflect, to be amazed, to be encouraged. And remember to grab some tissues when you pull up that chair. – Bruce Dipple (Former Australia/East Asia Director of SIM; Former Director of the School of Cross Cultural Mission, SMBC)

This personal account resonates with passion for God and people. It bounces with life, with joy and humour, and Ruth shares sadness and pain as well. Like Ruth herself, the book is open, honest, joyful. It is a continuation of that great saga of God’s mission which started in the Acts of the Apostles and continues as God works today through his Spirit. Read it and rejoice. Read it – and be warned. You might be called to write the next chapter. – Colin Reed (Former missionary in Africa; former staff member, NSW Branch of the Church Missionary Society)

We found through our many years of missionary service that debriefing was a necessary and helpful means of putting difficulties and successes into perspective when we returned for home assignment and at the end of our term of service. Ruth provided us with a safe and secure place to cry when we needed to express our hurts and affirmation when we needed encouragement. And she was there to rejoice with us in joys and successes. We felt listened to and cared for and we could trust her with our confidences. – Helen and Len Salisbury (SIM missionaries)

Ruth Myors returned permanently to Australia in 1983 and is now retired and lives on the Central Coast of New South Wales. After completing an Honours Degree in Psychology at Newcastle University, she, together with Kath Donovan, established the Christian Synergy Centre, set up as a ministry to missionary candidates, returnees and other Christian workers.

General Fields

  • : 9780994616609
  • : Acorn Press, Limited
  • : Acorn Press, Limited
  • : November 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ruth Myors
  • : Paperback
  • : 244