Small Man of Nanataki Author:Liam Nolan You have never met a man quite like "Uncle John", this little man who even in the turmoil of wartime was a messenger of peace, whose every word and deed seemed to express the words "Blest be the ties that bind our hearts in Christian love." — One prisoner of the Japanese during World War II said this about him: "I am convinced that, faced as he ... more »was with the terrible choice between obedience to his orders from man, and to those from his God, he took his decision calmly and without hesitation. I have read of many great Christians. I have met only one -- John Watanabe."
"Uncle John's" official task was to be an interpreter for the Japanese in Hong Kong prison camps and in a hospital, but he risked his life to bring some measure of comfort and human dignity to the British, American and Canadian men interned.
In the most impossible situations in and out of camp, some humorous, some poignant, some life-giving you will follow in the footsteps of the small man as he went about his Master's business: he carried a suitcase full of surgeons' implements into the camp for the doctor's use in bringing healing to the sick, he paid no heed to the rebuke of his superiors, he carried words of love from a prisoner to a wife and her children outside the compound, he brought in precious serum to prevent an epidemic.
"Uncle John" knew well the danger of his life, and he never got over the fear of being caught, but he lived the creed which had led him to become a Lutheran minister.
SMALL MAN OF NANATAKI is the inspiring and true story of thi9s remarkable person told with moving simplicity.« less