After the death of their newborn son, Steve and Patty Peifer pack up their family and head to Africa for a short-term mission assignment as dorm parents, hoping to process their loss and begin to heal. Wanting to turn the pain they were experiencing into something positive, they set out on a journey of self-discovery that ended up completely changing their lives and having each one of them fall in love with Africa and its people.
After being plunged into the depths of the poverty, disease, and hunger in Kenya and realizing they had an ability to truly do something about it, the Peifer family turned their short-term assignment into a full-time missionary life. Their children loved Africa, as did they, and through the Rift Valley Academy the family was able to begin providing daily lunches for Kenyan children -- ultimately working up to being able to feed 20,000 children.
Not simply a book for Christians wanting to read about missionaries, this is a book we all could learn from. A regular American family set out to heal from a tragic loss and was able to change the lives of thousands and thousands of children born into poverty. Wanting to make a tiny difference in the world turned into a huge project reaching so many kids and families.
Being the mother of a child in heaven myself, I loved that they turned their hardship into a great thing for the world. That being said, I did find parts of the book overly wordy -- stories being told that didn't seem to have a whole lot of connection to the main point of the book -- and it was definitely a little long for what seemed necessary for me.
Still a great book, just needed a little extra editing.
Thanks to Zondervan for the review copy!