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Publication Date: 2013
A Dream So Big is the story of Steve Peifer, a corporate manager who once oversaw 9,000 computer software consultants, who today helps provide daily lunches for over 20,000 Kenyan school children in thirty-five national public schools, and maintains solar-powered computer labs at twenty rural African schools.
Steve and his wife, Nancy, were enjoying a successful management career with one of Americas high tech corporate giants during the dot-com boom of the 1990s when, in 1997, he and his wife Nancy discovered they were pregnant with their third child. Tragically, doctors said a chromosomal condition left their baby incompatible with life. The Peifers only spent 8 days with baby Stephen before he died.
Seeking to flee the pain, Steve and Nancy began a pilgrimage that thrust them into a third-world setting where daily life was often defined by tragedydrought, disease, poverty, hunger, and death. They didnt arrive in the service of any divine calling, but the truth of their surroundings spoke to their troubled hearts. A short-term, 12-month mission assignment as dorm parents for a Kenyan boarding school turned this ordinary man into the most unlikely internationally recognized hero, and his story will inspire you 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.
Gregg Lewis is an award-winning author and coauthor of more than fifty books, including Gifted Hands, The Ben Carson Story, Take the Risk and The Big Picture.
JC5 Stars Out Of 5Very InspiringJanuary 23, 2018JCQuality: 0Value: 5Meets Expectations: 0Steve Peifer shares his heart and the desperate need so clearly. So much detail about the beautiful country of Kenya that is overshadowed by such severe poverty. Practical ways to help with a cause too big for just one person,Would recommend this book for anyone considering being active on the ground in missions or support.
CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Changing Life for Africa's ChildrenAugust 16, 2017CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Steve answers God's call to Africa for one year following the death of his infant son. Almost twenty years later, the Peifer family is still in Africa feeding hungry children and setting up computer classrooms.
You may laugh or cry as you read A Dream So Big. You will be saddened at the great need but Steve's humor (sometimes bordering crude) will make you laugh. Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying! This true story will stay with you and make you appreciate all that you have. I recommend this book to others. It may change how you look at your life.
quiltnmamaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5encouraging!September 11, 2013quiltnmamaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A Dream So Big isn't just a story about a family in Kenya, but a story of hope and healing as well, both for the Peifer Family and for Kenyan children that their ministry impacts. It is also a story of God growing a family in ways different than they expected through the gift of adoption. They fell in love with the Kenyan children and saw the many needs for better education, nutrition and better living conditions. You can read more about this ministry at Kenya Kids Can.God healed broken hearts and grew them as a family in ways they never expected in Africa while using them and their ministry to impact the Kingdom for Him in ways they never expected because they were willing to go when He called them. It is written with humor and honesty as they their joy and sorrow of daily life. It is the story of a family that said yes to serving and 13 years later are still serving through a ministry that cares for MKs, feeds 20,000 Kenyan schoolchildren and sets up solar run computer labs for kids in Kenyan public schools.
AMKreationsNYAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Be Inspired to Dream BIGJune 27, 2013AMKreationsNYAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Dream So Big is the story of a broken and hurting family, who leave the comforts they know, to commit to a year of service in Kenya. During their first year, they realize that they have come to love the place that God has chosen for them. Not only that, but God has given Steve Peifer a burden for the children in the schools of Kenya, who lack sufficient food to focus on learning. With renewed enthusiasm, the Peifer family returns to Kenya, where they will not only work at the Rift Valley Academy, a boarding school for missionary children, but also put into place a feeding program for thousands of starving children in their region.
As time passses and the feeding program grows to include more schools, Steve is led to begin changing more for the children of Kenya, through introducing them to computers. Through generous donations, solar powered computer centers are built at various schools. Little by little, change is being made because of the obedience and sacrifice of many.
I absolutely loved reading this book. I found Steve to be quite humorous at times. He also had the ability to move me to tears and make me ponder many things during my read. I felt transported to Kenya and could feel Steve's heart beating for the children who were seemingly without hope. I could sense the love of God for the people of Kenya, through the feeding program and sacrifice of so many. This story will forever be in my mind and heart.
I was privileged to review a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions express in this review are my own.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Touching story with vivid descriptions of KenyaJune 2, 2013Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"A Dream So Big" is a memoir by a missionary in Kenya. This is the story of why this family went to Africa on a short-term mission trip (which turned into a long-term one), about his work at the missionary school as a dorm parent, teacher, etc., about the differences between American and Kenyan cultures, and about their travels to various parts of Kenya. It describes how Steve's heart was touched by the sight of children faint and crying from hunger and how he started a program to provide free lunches (and, later, computer training centers) at nearby schools.
Kenya and its people are vividly described. Steve made me really care about the Kenya kids and missionary kids. The situation of the poor in Kenya really touched my heart. I wasn't aware things were so bad there or that that it costs so little to feed one child for a month. I'm glad Steve is providing a way for people to help the Kenya kids. I'd highly recommend this book to those who like stories about other cultures and/or missionary stories.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher through Booksneeze.