God’s Needle

How Lily Gaynor brought hope and healing to the land of the witchdoctors


ISBN: 9780857214560 Categories: ,

ISBN: 9780857214560

Publication date: June 3, 2013

Format: Paperback

Extent: 208 pages

Dimensions: 198mm(length) 130mm(width)

Imprint: Monarch Books


In Stock. Estimated delivery time: 7-10 days.

In 1957 freshly qualified nurse and WEC missionary Lily Gaynor set sail for Guinea-Bissau, to live among the Papel tribe. Tuberculosis, malaria, and typhoid were rife. Children were grossly malnourished; witch doctors flourished. Lily set up a clinic under the mango trees, administering penicillin – ‘God’s needle’. Medical care didn’t stop there: pigs, cows, rabbits and hens all passed through Lily’s hands. Many villagers suffered agonizing toothache: Lily learned emergency dentistry. The book is filled with one arresting medical story after another. In the evenings she learned Papel, invented an alphabet, and finally translated the entire New Testament, now published with Wycliffe Bible Translators. She faced considerable opposition. Witchdoctors cursed; new converts were threatened with death; senior colleagues opposed her medical efforts. Yet today Guinea-Bissau has one of the biggest national churches in West Africa.

Meet the author: Miss Lily Gaynor

A nurse in Guinea Bissau for most of her working life, Lily is now retired and living in the UK.

Meet the author: John Butterworth MBE

John Butterworth has been an award-winning journalist for 44 years, a newspaper editor for 28 years and in 2008 he was awarded the MBE for services to journalism and charity. He has also been a Reader in the Church of England for 24 years. He has written six books, including God’s Secret Listener and God’s Needle, and he travels all round the Midlands giving talks to groups.

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