*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****
Through personal stories and emails sent to his supporters, Steve Peifer describes how he and his wife Nancy became missionaries in Africa to help relieve their grief from losing their son, who died days after he was born. They believe that was his mission all along, to help move them forward with a dream that had been in Nancy’s heart to become a missionary. They take their two sons along with them and live as a happy family serving children in Africa who oftentimes come to school without shoes on their feet or a meal in their stomachs. After traveling back home Steve tries to live the American life again but his heart is still in Africa; he and his family agree that they should go back to Africa. God uses them in some amazing ways while they are there, such as with house parenting, teaching, coaching, and starting a school lunch program in many schools.
I learned a lot about the culture of Africa as I was reading this testimony of the Peifer’s lives. For instance, Kenya does not offer free public education. Children need to pay for their books instead of borrowing them. Children may also not want to leave the hospital after they are sick because they are fed more often there. It also showed me that God can use us for things we don’t expect or think we have the skills for. I loved seeing the Peifer family’s faith in action, first with taking a step to go to Africa, another step with coming back to Africa after they had gone back to the United States, and all the other steps along the way, such as adopting two children, starting the lunch program, expansion, etc.
I believe this book will be a very interesting read for people who are thinking of becoming missionaries and for people who are already missionaries that would like some encouragement.