"I don't want to go to church!" Ruth whined. "I don't
want to risk the kids getting malaria from the mosquito
bites. If I had my way, we would just stay home from
The title says it clearly: as a missionary pilot's wife, Ruth encountered many struggles when her way seemed the most logical and safe; however, God had His own plans for Ruth's life and ministry.
When her husband was gone on lengthy flight missions and she was alone; when she wasn't able to speak the language to communicate with the women and children of the villages; when fear crippled both her productivity and ministry: these events would have gone differently if Ruth had her way, but she later saw those same events as definitive ways God was teaching her obedience to His will.
What Ruth imparts most through If I'd Had My Way is that each believer has been or will be in Ruth's position, where following God doesn't seem to "match up" with one's own plans. Yet as Ruth relates her own challenges, found in the stories as well as the Bible study at the end of each chapter, she encourages her readers to discover the joy of God's way.
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About the Author:
Ruth Scheltema is a free-lance writer and author of In the Air for HIM, her husband Hank’s story and the early history of the missionary aviation ministry of the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism, Inc. In 2004, after the death and burial of her husband in the Amazon, and after forty-six years of active service, Ruth retired and presently resides in Concord, Georgia.