“I promise. Once you find his purpose for you, you too will discover a dream so big.” – Steve Peifer
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 school children 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.
He went to flee his pain. He returned to change the world.
In 1997, Steve Peifer, a successful manager of one of America’s high-tech corporate gains, and his wife Nancy were told their unborn baby had trisomy 13, a chromosomal condition that produces multiple developmental deformities and birth defects. Their doctors said the baby’s condition was “incompatible with life,” and advised an abortion. But the Peifers decided on life and loved their new son for as they had him. Which was eight days.
After the death of his son Stephen, Steve felt the Lord saying to him “Make your wife’s dreams come true.” Seeking to flee the pain of their deep loss, Steve and Nancy with their two sons signed up for a twelve-month mission assignment as dorm parents at a boarding school in the heart of Kenya, where they found daily life in nearby villages was often defined by drought, disease, poverty, and hunger. And that’s how a corporate executive who once oversaw 9,000 computer software consultants ended up feeding lunch and teaching computer skills to starving Africa schoolchildren.
Today, thirteen years after their short-term assignment turned into a lifetime of service, Steve Peifer and his team have built twenty solar-powered computer centers and still provide daily lunches for ore than 20,000 Kenyan schoolchildren in thirty-five national public schools.
“Having fulfilled the purpose the Father had for him, he returned to the Father.” - Stephen Wrigley Peifer’s tombstone
Stephen’s death has lead to thousands of Kenyan children receiving at least one hot meal a day. His death has led to Kenyan schoolchildren learning computer skills. His death created hope for the children and future of Kenya.
God can take any situation and use it for His glory. He can provide hope to a nation through the death of an American baby.
Steve Peifer and his family’s lives ooze the idea of living bigger than yourself. Anyone can live bigger than themselves. It just takes taking the first step.
This book is outstanding. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I laughed. I cried. I was inspired. I was stimulated. I was given hope. I even threatened my husband I was going to move to Africa.
Do not read this book if you don’t want to be changed.
your turn: what book has inspired you lately?
note from bethany: The book I am reviewing for you today is a complementary copy provided by BookSneeze, Thomas Nelson’s book review bloggers program.