Paul Hiebert in high school
In 1942, when Hiebert was ten years old, World War II came to the Indian sub-continent in the form of the Japanese invasion. As a result of this invasion, all Americans were evacuated. The Hiebert family returned to America and lived near Fresno, California until 1947. Whenever Paul Hiebert reflected back on that time in his life, he said that being evacuated “saved him”, because it “prevented him from developing a lot of the missionary kid problems due to the fact that he had the time with his family in the United States”. After the war was over, they returned to India. Hiebert once again was sent to Kodaikanal International School that he had attended as child.
From Dr. Eloise Hiebert Meneses, Paul Hiebert’s oldest daughter, (e-mail), and Philip Wayne Barnes. Missiology Meets Cultural Anthropology: The Life and Legacy of Paul G. Hiebert (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ph.D. dissertation, 2011) pp.45, 46.