While researching a book, I came across numerous fascinating tales that will have to be left out due to space. I felt chills when it became apparent that many political or social circumstances of a hundred years ago, which led to both nasty and uplifting events, were occurring today. I decided to write a blog to share my findings. We can't change the past, but perhaps with some readjustments to our thinking and actions, we can positively shape our future.
At the moment this website is devoted to my current writing project: the publication of Grit and Grace in a World Gone Mad. It's the true story of a group of American and Canadian missionaries and humanitarian aid workers who saved approximately 10,000 orphans, during the dying days of the Ottoman Empire. Some of the rescuers may have come from your own home town! I've also written other books, one of which you can find by visiting Books.
The News section is where you'll find an ongoing list of and links to my published articles. I recently added an Events page for posting my presentations, talks and book signings, and a Reviews page for book reviews for Grit and Grace in a World Gone Mad.
Photo Credits: Unless otherwise noted, all images used on this website are either in the public domain, or from a website where the link is directed. Credits are indicated, whenever appropriate. On this page, the group of 13: Amerikan Bord Heyeti (American Board), Istanbul, "Personnel records for Susan W. Orvis," American Research Institute in Turkey, Istanbul Center Library, online in Digital Library for International Research Archive, Item #15359. Other photos: Susan Wealthy Orvis Papers, private collection.