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A Dream So Big

By April 19, 2013 No Comments

“A Dream So Big” is just what it says.

The dream experience of Steve Peifer and his family is SO big you can’t miss the blessing of reading about it.


Peifer begins his story with the surreal experience of being awarded CNN’s Hero for Championing Children Award. He then takes us to Rift Valley Academy (RVA) in Kenya, a boarding school for missionary children, where he and his wife Nancy served as dorm parents.

The story gets personal for me because missionary friends of mine entrusted their children to the care of RVA. That’s a heart-rending choice for parents already making big sacrifices to serve.

Trustworthy, surrogate parents are priceless.

The Peifers were all of that and more.

In 1997 the Peifers packed up their seven and ten year old sons and left a corporate job in Texas to embark on a short-term missions assignment in Africa that turned into a lifetime of service. Their dream of missions work was motivated by a nightmare of personal loss. Their third son, Stephen Wrigley Peifer was born with trisomy 13 and lived only eight days.

Its been said that tragedy makes you bitter or better. This is a good news story of God’s grace making Steve and Nancy better and everyone round them blessed.

In his CNN acceptance speech Steve said, “We came to Kenya after one of our children died…When my son died I felt like I lost my own life. Kenya gave it back to me. I’ll always be blessed because we ended up in Kenya.” Kenya was blessed because of the Peifers.

Today 20,000 children are fed daily because of their dream for a better world. Steve inspired students to strive for excellence in their studies and saw them earn scholarships to Stanford, Dartmouth and Harvard.

“A Dream So Big” is an inspiring and humourous look at a gracious world-changer. Peifer records incidents of God’s clear intervention to turn setbacks into comebacks and disappointments into divine appointments. All the while he humbly attributes his family’s good graces to his wife Nancy.

Lift your life and vision of a better world to a higher level and read “A Dream So Big.”

I was given a copy of this book to review by BookLook Bloggers.

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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 25 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 36 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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