I couldn't have known that Steve Peifer's life was touched by Trisomy 13. I didn't know that the story of his infant son Stephen would make my heart ache. Steve and Nancy's son had the same disorder that our sweet friend Morgan had lived with. Oh how I miss our little friend with her beautiful smile and loving pats!
I should have known that the time spent reading this book would keep me in constant prayer for our AMAZING missionary friends in Africa the Simpsons. I should have known that I would be moved to tears over the orphan epidemic in Africa. I should have known the the stories of innocent children who have no shoes and nothing to eat would leave me in tears.
Steve and Nancy Peifer took their 2 older sons for a year in Kenya following the death of their infant son. God used that year to change them and to change their lives. Although Steve is more than humble as he recounts their time there, the things they have been able to accomplish are no less than amazing. I love that the writings of Steve and Nancy give all praise to the Lord.
In short, I loved reading the story of the Peifers. I love that the story is ongoing. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who has been affected by Trisomy 13, lost an infant, loves missionaries, has a connection to Africa, is pro-adoption, or who just has a heart for God's work.
Here is a press release on the book:
One Man Turns Personal Tragedy to Inspiration, Feeding and Educating Thousands of Kenyan Schoolchildren Every Day
Steve Peifer’s new Book A Dream So Big: Our Unlikely Journey to End the Tears of Hunger Releases in March 19, 2013
Grand Rapids, Mich., November 12, 2012— Steve Peifer was living the Americandream—good job, nice house, a wife and two kids with one more baby in the way. But when their newborn child tragically diedfrom a chromosomal disorder, Steve and his wife found themselves thrust into a new, horrible “normal.” Desperate for a change to help them escape the heartache of their loss, they agreedto be dorm parents at a school in Kenya. But a one-year experiment prompted a personal and family pilgrimage that transformed a seemingly ordinary middle-aged American man, husband, and father into perhaps the most unlikely internationally influential hero you’ve never heard of. Until now.
Being thrust into a third-world setting where daily life was often defined by tragedy---drought, disease, poverty, hunger, and death—the Peifers did not arrive in the service of any divine calling. But the truth of their surroundings spoke to their troubledhearts. And that’s how a corporate executive who once oversaw 9,000 computer software consultants ended up feeding lunch and teaching computer skills tostarving African schoolchildren every day.
Today, thirteen years after their original short-term assignment, Steve Peifer and his team have built 20 solar computer centers and still provide daily lunches to more than 20,000 Kenyan school children in thirty-five national public schools. Surely he had never dreamed a dream quite so big as that.
Steve Peifer, along with Greg Lewis, has chronicled this amazing, triumphant story in the new book ADream So Big: Our Unlikely Journey to End the Tears of Hunger (Zondervan, March 19, ISBN13: 9780310326090). Reader
s will treasure the touching story of how a Kenyan boarding school turned an ordinary man into the most unlikely internationally recognized hero and will be inspired to pursue similar lives of service.
Steve Peifer serves as Director of College Guidance for Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya. He established a rural food program in 2002 that provides lunches for 20,000 Kenyan schoolchildren a day. He has also built the first solar-powered computer-training center in Kenya, and is now developing twenty computer classroom labs for rural schools. For his work on behalf of Kenyan children, he was awarded the CNN Heroes Award for Championing Children in 2007, the 2007 Yale Counseling Award and the 2010 NACAC Excellence in Education Award. Steve and Nancy have four children.
Steve Peifer will be stateside to promote his book March 21- April 13, 2013. For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Katie Broaddus at Katie@katiebroaddus.com or 256-527-6152.
I received a free copy of this book from the publicist. All opinions are my own.