One of these days I’ll write a blog that’s not a book review. I’m really enjoying having my evenings and weekends free to read. I have a good one for you this time. When I saw the precious smiles of the Kenyan children on the front of this book, I knew I had to read it. I grew up on missionary stories though, so I have high expectations. I didn’t honestly expect to enjoy this one. It surprised me.
A Dream So Big is about the Peifer family, Steve, Nancy, JT and Matthew. In 1998, their world changed forever when Stephen was born, and went back home to Heaven just 8 days later. Looking for a change to help with the grief, the family signed up to spend a year at a boarding school in Kenya for missionary children. The book chronicles that year and the journey that took them back to Kenya full time. It is smart, real, and funny. Filled with anecdotes about healing, hoping and learning a new way of life. Some of the greatest portions are emails to supporters, recounting all the family was learning. The Peifers opened their hearts to Kenya and had no idea their dream would grow into something much bigger – they now assist schools all over the area in providing lunches for students and building computer labs to teach new skills.
Even if you’ve never had a desire to go to Africa, this book is for you. It’s about much more than one family’s experience in a third world country. It was a great reminder to me that God puts us in the exact places we need to be, and uses all the little pieces of our story to prepare us for the good works He has planned. In Steve’s words, “There is nothing special about being a missionary. What is special is finding out what God has called you to do and doing it. Which means there is a special story in all of us that needs to be sought out and given a forum.”
Whatever your dream is, I believe this story will inspire you to keep fighting for it. You won’t regret reading this book.
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