“A Dream so Big” by Steve Peifer, book review
“Our Unlikely Journey to end the Tears of Hunger”
This non-fiction book chronicles the journey of the Peifer family from Dallas, TX to Africa and the impact that was made on the American family and the African children.
Steve shares from his heart and his gut very honestly and openly of their truly unlikely journey. The journey actually begins with the heartbreaking death of their youngest son, who was born with a chromosomal abnormality and lived only a few short days. In dealing with the grief of losing their son, an incredible opportunity was presented to serve in Africa as dorm parents at a missionary school. This book is the story of their adventures in Africa.
Steve is quite a writer and I was quickly drawn into the story of their family, sons, calling to missions, and transition to Africa. Peifer shares very openly about the challenges and well and the rewards of their work. And he is quick to give God all the credit for their achievements and accomplishments.
As the mother of a young woman called to be a career missionary, I am always fascinated with books about ordinary folks who answer God’s call to do extraordinary work. This book definitely falls into that category. I was moved to tears at the honesty of the feelings of inadequacy and overwhelming need, but also rejoiced at the tales of God’s provision and supply.
I recommend this to anyone who has a remote interest in missions and especially those who might need a reminder of the needs for missionaries. Gone are the days of Sunday evening church where the missionary comes in full tribal costume and shoots a poison dart across the church to share his missionary story and ask for support. But the miracles of missionaries are still happening everyday around the world.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher Zondervan. All opinions expressed are my own.