Paulina was born to Henry and Eva (Block) Foote on November 13 , in Kansas, just four days after her
oldest sister died.
In the home where she grew up, her family sang a song and read a portion of
scripture and prayed twice a
When Paulina was still young, her mother died of a broken neck. This left
Paulina with four younger
siblings to take care of. The youngest two were given to an Aunt and Uncle to care for. Less than a
year later, her father married her mother's youngest sister, and four more
children joined the family.
At the age of eighteen, she gave her life to the Lord, but did not find real
peace until, with the
Lord's help, she was able to forgive those who had wronged her.
In 1909, she followed the Lord in baptism and became a member of the Mennonite
Brethren Church in
Corn, Oklahoma as this was where they were now living. In the book God's Hand Over My Nineteen
Years in China, she tells of how she learned to trust God through her
experiences in her childhood and teens. After up-grading her education she
taught school for four years, with enrollments of
42 to 52 pupils with all eight grades represented.
In her fourth year at Tabor College, after a great struggle, she became convinced that the Lord wanted
her to be a missionary in a foreign land because those at home had the opportunity to hear the
gospel if they only wanted to hear it. Now she was also convicted that the Lord should call her
through man. This the Lord did through the Mennonite Brethren mission board. She was asked to go to
China to teach the children of missionaries. After receiving the assurance from the Lord that this
was His will for her, she gladly went, even though this was not what she had
thought would happen.
Her many adventures, successes, God's leading and protection during WWII and the
invasion, are all described in detail in the above mentioned book.