"Patiently Run the Race is a must read if you have ever wondered what life is like for a missionary family serving in a foreign country. Herb Barker tells his story with reverence and humor, which inspires, informs and holds your interest to the very end." - Dorothy C. Snyder, Writer-Speaker "A missionary's life becomes real as we see, hear, smell, taste and feel the Chinese culture on the island of Taiwan in reading this book. Herb Barker reveals his heart and life of ministering to the people he and his family come to love in the pages of this very appealing autobiography." - Sara Hatchett, Music Educator "This book will help missionaries, ministers and serious Christians realize again how life is lived out in lands of darkness where the Light of Jesus needs so desperately to be heard." - Faye Pearson, Missionary Executive and Seminary Teacher. Herbert Barker is a retired missionary to Taiwan. He is a native of Mountain Grove Missouri, where he graduated from high school in 1947. He attended Georgetown Baptist College, Georgetown, Kentucky, Southwest Missouri State College (now Missouri State University), Springfield, Missouri, and Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas, where he received the B.S. Degree in 1951. He married Emma Jean Archer in 1951. They have two children: James and Jeanette, and one grandson, Kelsey. After graduation from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, Herbert pastored churches in Texas until he and his wife were appointed as missionaries to Taiwan by the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1959. He has served as field evangelist, Director of Mass Communications, Director of TEE, and church planter. After retirement in 1993, the couple served among Chinese communities in Europe, American Samoa, and Asia. They now reside at Baptist Home, Ozark, Missouri.