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  • Keywords
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    • Mennonite Nurse,
    • Overseas Volunteer,
    • Medical Mission,
    • Empowering Disabled,
    • Japan,
    • Thailand

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The Power of Change
A Mennonite Girl's Footprints in Asia
by Marcy (Weber) Ninomiya

Because my health continued to decline. . . I started bargaining with God. I was not going to die; I would do whatever God's plan was for me if He spared my life. In my mind, I was going to become a nurse and go to Asia. . . Yes, I was going to get better and go to Asia as a nurse! In The Power of Change: A Mennonite Girl’s Footprints in Asia, Marcy Ninomiya tells her cross-cultural life story of growing up in a small Mennonite village in Ontario, Canada, and then living in Asia for more than fifty years, first nursing at a Christian run hospital in Vietnam, during the war—where she met her future husband, Akiie—to becoming overseas personnel for humanity development in Japan and Thailand, as well as working with persons with disabilities in Japan, Thailand, and Myanmar—where a unique baking project became the birth of “Marcy’s Cookies.” With candor, warmth, and a touch of humour, Marcy humbly shares firsthand accounts of what life was like in the places she served and travelled, the events she was impacted by, such as the long and costly Vietnam War, devastating Kobe earthquake, and a tsunami and flooding in Thailand, the inspiring people she met along the way, and her unwavering faith in God and His guidance through it all.

Marcy Ninomiya grew up in Conestogo, a small Mennonite community in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. After completing the three-year Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital nursing program in the early 1960s, she served two three-year terms with Mennonite Central Committee at medical clinics in Vietnam during the war. Patients, friends and coworkers became her family. As a result of experiencing war, humanity development in Asia became a way of life for Marcy, and her husband, Akiie. Returning to her Mennonite roots, she and Akiie now live in the St. Jacobs Meadows Retirement Community in St. Jacobs village and help to support Syrian refugees. She values spending time with her three grown children, Melody, Timothy and Matthew, and five grandchildren. A piece of Marcy’s heart will always be in Asia.


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