By Isobel Kuhn
It was the 1920s and a young woman named Isobel Selina Miller was making her mark in the theater, social and academic world. But through her mother’s prayers and after a tragic romance, Isobel discovered peace with God. After reading about Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission, she felt a call to China, and specifically, to the Lisu people. Preparation at Moody Bible Institute was completed with honors, and eventually she sailed for China as a missionary. There she married John Kuhn whom she had first met during training at Moody. Together they faced hardships, long separations, severe illness, war, and death itself. Yet through all this the church among the Lisu people grew in faith and the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
In the Arena continues the life story of Isobel Kuhn, begun in By Searching. The title refers to the biblical idea that the Christian is on display, like someone condemned to die in the arena. Isobel was convinced that the trials and difficulties of her life as a missionary were “arena experiences,” which God used not to punish her but to reveal Himself. As she looked back on her life when dying of cancer, she felt that her most valuable lessons had been learned during times of trial.