Isabella Bird Bishop

One of the most famous travelers of modern times was Isabella Bird Bishop (1831-1904). She was born in England. Her father was an Anglican Pastor. As a young girl she was very sick, She has tumors in a spine that made her very weak. The doctors did not give her much chance to survive. She decided to do physical exercise daily. At the age of 26 she could rarely rise from her bed before noon. Yet, she did much of her work lying in bed. She wrote many articles to many magazines and publications. She answered many letters from all over the world. She wrote propped by many pillows with a writing board upon her knees.

She had an operation to remove a tumor from her spine. The operation was only partially successful, and after that she suffered from insomnia and depression. Her doctor recommended that she travel. She decided to do that. With a lot of difficulty, she traveled to North America, Australia, Hawaii, Japan, India, Middle East and Korea. She wrote many books and took many pictures from all over the world. She was the first woman fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

She accepted all invitations to talk to people. She attended many meetings and parties were she will pray and counsel many. She had the power to forget herself entirely in the presence of the person seeking help. At the age of 36 her spinal injuries progressed so much that her head had to be supported by a steal net. She continued her life like that. She never complained and considered her life to be happy and fruitful to the glory of God.

“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2Cor 12:10)


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