No Sacrifice Too Great is an inspiring biography written by Ruth Presswood Hutchins. Published in 1993 by Christian Publications, it is dedicated to the Christian and Missionary Alliance missionaries who have faithfully carried the torch proclaiming the Gospel of Christ throughout the islands of Indonesia. Although it has 205 pages, the only illustration is on the cover.

Most of this story takes place in the Philippines where both Ruth and her husband Ernie sacrificed while living in Japanese internment camps. They were not comfortable places, with strenuous labor and unusually harsh living conditions. Later, when they were reunited, they went on to minister to the natives who live in Borneo. This book is filled with the sacrifices that many missionaries made to share the Gospel with the heathen.

Before she had become a missionary, Ruth accepted Christ as her Savior, later going on to train as a nurse. At the nurse’s training school, she quickly made friends with twin girls, Violet and Lillian Presswood. They began to tell her about their brother, Ernie. Coming to visit his two sisters in Buffalo, New York, Ernie had his first encounter with Ruth. Ruth kept in touch with Ernie through his sisters and his newsletters. Ernie then married Laura Harmon. However, Laura passed away less than three years later. Eventually, in 1940, he and Ruth began exchanging letters, and when he came home on furlough, he requested that she marry him. Ruth then joined Ernie in his missionary work. They traveled to Benteng Tinggi, which means “tall fort.” As they both lived and worked there for several years, they ministered to the people until the Japanese came and took Ernie to an internment camp. Not much later, Ruth also was interned in a similar camp for women which was named Camp Kampili.

Living there for five years, they were separated from each other and endured terrible living and work conditions. After the war, they were released and reunited. Untiringly, they faithfully continued in their mission work with the Indians of Borneo. Many times when they were alone among these head hunters and savages whom they hoped to convert, Ernie and Ruth would remember a verse in Matthew 28—“…and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” On February 1, 1946, Ernie passed on, leaving Ruth alone. Lonely, she found and read encouraging verses in the Bible which helped her keep going. She felt his death was deeply. Ernie had wished for her to return to America if anything happened to him, so travel arrangements were made, and she set off for America, taking with her Philoma Seely, another young woman who had been in the internment camp. Although they encountered several setbacks on their way, they finally made it to America. Once there, Ruth married a man that Ernie had known—James (Jimmie) Hutchins. Together, they had a little girl, and when Jimmie died at the age of seventy-two, Ruth went to live with her daughter.

This book reminds any reader of all the many sacrifices missionaries make to bring the Gospel to native tribes and to convert thousands to Christianity. Ruth and Ernie were only a two of them. Literally, thousands placed their lives on the line to travel to heathen places and to bring the Word of God to those in need. Surrounded by witchcraft and superstitious beliefs while they were ministering to the natives in Borneo, Ruth and Ernie truly sacrificed their normal lifestyle for that of primitive living. They demonstrated the fact that really, no sacrifice is too great.