by Steve Peifer (with Gregg Lewis)
The Peifers were living the American dream and financial stability when their lives were impacted by the birth and death of their third baby, who lived only eight days.
Seeking a change, the family accepted a year-long position as dorm parents for missionary kids at a boarding school in Kenya, Africa.
That decision led the Peifers to a third-world setting where daily life was impacted by drought, hunger and poverty. Steve, the successful corporate executive, shares many of the hard truths he learns about himself as he faced a world of poverty and pain, however, in the mist of the beauty of the land of Africa.
Steve Peifer treats the issues of childhood hunger and its relationship to failed education as a business problem. He comes up with a solution that is simple, and doable. One that has a chance to really change the lives of an entire area of Kenya. He is literally creating the seeds of a middle class where none existed. Out of this program will come thousands of young adults who are healthier, better educated, and aware that they can demand something better for/from their country and have the skills to do something about it.
The business model is brilliant. He pays local farmers for their produce. He hires local truckers and laborers to haul the food. He gives the schools 1/3rd of the year's food at a time. And then he tells the parents that he food should last to a certain point in time. Thus the school officials know not to steal the food, as they will have to answer to the parents. And it is such a basic point. Hungry kids do not learn.
Today, the Peifers have established a team of people who have built twenty solar-powered computer centers and provide daily lunches to more than 20,000 Kenyan school children in thirty-five public schools.
A Dream So Big is not just one family's story...it is a reminder that God can do something through each one of us when we are willing to let Him work.
On a more personal note, both my Grandparents and my Sister have been to Kenya, Africa as Missionaries. And they too, have talked about much of the same as what is written here in this book!
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