Endless adventures while growing up in Kenya; wild animals close to the front door; an American community built on the side of the Great Rift Valley: these are the settings for the growing pains, trials and triumphs of a young Canadian-British boy studying in an American school in Kenya. The threat of Mau Mau, a period of civil unrest, and the growing movement towards independent nations in Africa paralleled the spiritual and emotional unrest in the youthful rebellion of David Phillips. Rift Valley Academy, a boarding school for missionary children, aimed to provide excellence in academic studies and spiritual formation. Unfortunately, the temptation of stepping out of bounds into the forests close by was stronger than the threats of losing points in the ever present Point System. David graduated from University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, and Regent College, Vancouver. He is a high school teacher, pastor and missionary. His fields of service include Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, Turkey and other countries in Latin America, Africa and Europe. He has been involved in theological education, church planting, evangelism and discipleship, as well as ministries of social care. Extensive tours of the areas of the Seven Churches of the Revelation have introduced many to the Biblical sites in Turkey. David married Cathie, a nurse who has participated actively in all his ministries. They have a daughter and son-in-law and two grandchildren in Thailand, and daughter and two foster sons in Canada. David and Cathie live in Toronto, Canada.
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