Running to the Fire

Running to the Fire In The Streets Of Addis Ababa In 1977, Shop Front Posters Illustrate Uncle Sam Being Strangled By An Ethiopian Revolutionary, Parliamentary Leaders Are Executed, Student Protesters Are Gunned Down, And Christian Mission Converts Are Targeted As Imperialistic Sympathizers Into This World Arrives Sixteen Year Old Tim Bascom, Whose Missionary Parents Have Brought Their Family From A Small Town In Kansas Straight Into Colonel Mengistu S Marxist Red Terror Here They Plan To Work Alongside A Tiny Remnant Of Western Missionaries Who Trust That God Will Somehow Keep Them Safe Running To The Fire Focuses On The Turbulent Year The Bascom Family Experienced Upon Traveling Into Revolutionary Ethiopia The Teenage Bascom Finds A Paradoxical Exhilaration In Living So Close To Constant Danger At Boarding School In Addis Ababa, Where Dorm Parents Demand Morning Devotions And Forbid Dancing, Bascom Bonds With Other Youth Due To A Shared Sense Of Threat He Falls In Love For The First Time, But The Young Couple Is Soon Separated By The Politics That Affect All Their Lives Across The Country, Missionaries Are Being Held Under House Arrest While Communist Cadres Seize Their Hospitals And Schools A Friend S Father Is Imprisoned As A Suspected CIA Agent Another Is Killed By Raiding Somalis Throughout, The Teenaged Bascom Struggles With His Faith And His Role Within The Conflict As A White American Christian Missionary S Child Reflecting Back As An Adult, He Explores The Historical, Cultural, And Religious Contexts That Led To This Conflict, Even Though In Doing So He Is Forced To Ask Himself Questions That Are Easier Left Alone Why, He Wonders, Did He Find Such Strange Fulfillment In Being Young And Idealistic In The Middle Of What Was Essentially A Kind Of Holy War This is a well written and honest account of a high school age missionary kid in Ethiopia during its revolution in the 1970s The author was frank about his moral and philosophical inquiries concerning spiritual, cultural, and political questions raised during that time of his li
A memoir that covers a missionary family s return to Ethiopia timed at the worst possible way because of the revolution brought about in 1977 Tim Bascom does a good job of capturing the real time fears and drama felt by a teenage boy worried for the safety of his family and home in the remote countryside of a war torn country What I most valued as an MK or missionary kid myself is the adult version of
Follow up to Chameleon Days brings the author and his family back to Ethiopia, but it s a different place now in the midst of civil war, a dangerous place for Americans Lets Bascom ponder the nature of war, and look at his own life from both an adult perspective and the per
Tim Bascom has written one of the most honest, transparent memoirs I ve read in some time It is aided by the fact that Bascom is reflecting on some of the most significant years of his life from the vantage of adulthood Nevertheless, he is quick to admit that some of the same doubts about life and faith that plagued him while coming of age in revolutionary Ethiopia still trouble him today.Bascom s parents were medical missionaries to eastern Africa They served a second stint in Ethiopia in the mid 1970s during the Marxist Revolution At the time, young Bascom was a teenager coming to grips with his own manhood, his parents seeming dangerous devotion to the Great Commission, and the ever present fear of violence while living in a country in the midst of a revolution One of the interesting aspects of Bascom s reflections on the missionary experience is his critique of Western Christianity s tendency to ally itself with regimes that permit the progress that Christian missionary efforts introduce to impoverished areas in education and health But hidden from public view, certain elements of the society are oppressed Such was the case in Emperor Haile Selassie s Ethiopia While Selassie was held up in Christian circles as a kindly, progresssiv

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  • Paperback
  • 264 pages
  • Running to the Fire
  • Tim Bascom
  • English
  • 25 November 2017
  • 9781609383282