Religion: In the Hills of Panay

The eleven U.S. missionaries were getting ready for Christmas when the Japs found them. For two years, in a hideaway called "Hopevale," high in the beautiful hills of Panay Island, they had hidden successfully with about 100 other Americans and Filipinos.

The missionaries—seven women and four men—had picked the spot to hide in before the Philippines fell. With their fellow refugees, they had lived like natives, eating rice and bananas and sleeping in grass, huts with bamboo floors. Often, when the Japs were rumored to be advancing, they had hurriedly abandoned the little settlement and hid out in native huts or in...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!