“of stillness and storm” by Michele Phoenix, book review
Sam feels the call from God to be a missionary in Nepal. He has a zeal that is relentless, even when there are problems that take many years to overcome. Finally after 10 years of preparation, Sam, Lauren and Ryan arrive in Kathmandu. Life in Nepal is hard! The primitive conditions make even the simple tasks of life difficult. Lauren feels the stress of this life the most. And Ryan has a really hard time adjusting to life as a MK (missionary kid).
After 2 years overseas, life has not become any easier for Lauren and Ryan. Out of the blue, a friend from her college days contacts Lauren and convinces her to create a Facebook Account. This begins a reconnect ion process with friends from America. She is quite surprised to receive a message from Aiden, a childhood friend. Over a few weeks, when there is electricity to charge the lap top battery, Lauren and Aiden exchange messages and catch up on the last 20 years.
This book is a chronicle of Lauren and Sam’s life, with an emphasis on their time as missionaries in Nepal. The story is not always a happy one, as the author shares very honestly about the troubles that some missionary wives and children experience. This is definitely not an aspect of missionary work that is openly discussed, but should be addressed. In the story Sam felt very strongly that he wanted to work independently of any established mission organization. However, I feel that this lack of oversight, accountability, and structure led to many of the issues that plagued his family. Large organizations may have rules and regulations that may hamper some ministry opportunities, but they have a support system in place to care for their workers on the field. This is something that Lauren and Ryan desperately needed.
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher and the Litfuse Publicity Group. All opinions expressed are my own.