September 5, 1978. As the plane made its final descent into Beirut, Lebanon, Violet Wentland, an English teacher at Middle East College, knew that she was returning to a country in the midst of a bloody civil war. What she couldn’t have known, however, was that just two weeks later, Syrian “peacekeeping” forces would set up an antiaircraft gun on a ridge just five hundred meters away-an action that would prompt the opposing Lebanese Christian militia to occupy the administration building on campus to keep an eye on them. Suddenly, the school was on the front line of the war. Would the school survive? Would God protect them as He always had done in the past? Or would outside forces compel them to leave? On the Edge of the Battlefield tells the remarkable story of Violet and the staff at Middle East College who, in the midst of mounting hostilities-including shellings and sniper attacks-strove to keep the school open while, at the same time, keep themselves and their students alive. It is a tale of courage in the face of insurmountable odds, stubborn determination to maintain a sense of normalcy in an incredibly chaotic situation and, ultimately, a story of an uncompromising faith in God.
“With wide-open hazel eyes, steel-trap memory, wry humor, and a devotion to God and the people He sent her to serve, Violet invites you to share the anxieties and the joys of a hilltop campus protected only by God’s power. This memoir is a wonderful read, a rare chance to watch the Lord at work among His warring children.” – Maylan Schurch, coauthor of A Thousand Shall Fall