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A Dream So Big: Our Unlikely Journey to End the Tears of Hunger

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  143 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Steve Peifer and his wife agreed to be dorm parents at a school in Kenya for a year to escape their grief over the death of their infant son. But a one-year experiment prompted a personal and family pilgrimage that transformed a seemingly ordinary middle-aged American man, husband, and father into perhaps the most unlikely internationally influential hero you've never hear ...more
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Published March 19th 2013 by Zondervan
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Nancy Peifer
What can I's my husband's book! I think it's great!
Pastor John
My wife, Patti, and another member of our church first met Steve Peifer during a trip to visit Keith and Jamie Weaver, missionaries sent by our church to the people of Kenya. There, Patti met Steve and worked with this beautiful wife Nancy in the library at Rift Valley Academy. I first met Steve at my home church when we invited him to come and tell us about his efforts to feed hungry school children that he describes in A Dream So Big. Since then Patti and I have answered a call to pastoral min ...more
The book for review is “ A Dream So Big” by Steve Peifer with Gregg Lewis.

This novel falls into the genre of biography, autobiography and personal memoirs

Be prepared to be humble when you read this book. Over the last few weeks and months I have been praying to the Lord to share with me other things I needed to be grateful for. Then this book arrived in my mailbox. It was not a book I requested but was chosen for me from a group to review. I will say this was his way of saying here, be humble.


It is a rare occurrence to meet a truly extraordinary person. Several years ago, while on a flight I met Steve Peifer, former Oracle Systems executive, now Christian Missionary. Steve has dramatically changed the lives of countless school children in Kenya by feeding more than twenty thousand of them each day. The food program has reduced the drop out rate from fifty percent to close to zero, Additionally he has used shipping containers to create computer labs to teach the children, (many of who
Bethany Turner
"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.

This book is outstanding. I cann
Jonathan Esterman
While the book may be published, the journey itself may never be over. This book is about Steve Peifer, former middle-manager in corporate tech America, who ventured beyond his comfort zone. Both him and his wife were expecting child. During a medical visit, they were informed their soon-to-be son had trisomy 13 and would not survive. Instead of seek an abortion, they determined to carry the child to term and as a result, had a son for eight days, before the child's unfortunate, yet expected, de ...more
Although the writing style is a bit choppy, lots of short anecdotes, I couldn't but give this book 5 stars because of the powerful story it tells. In 1999, seeking healing after the death of their newborn son due to a genetic problem, Steve and his wife Nancy with their two elementary school age boys go to Kenya for one year to be dorm parents at a boarding school for missionary kids from all over Africa. In 2012 they were still there, running a lunch program for thousands of public school stude ...more
Really FUN to read. Best quote, " When you start to think the ice cream in Kenya tastes good its time for a furlough." I was encouraged. Final line in the book is so true, "Once you find his purpose for you, you too will discover a dream so big."
I found out about this book while reading a newsletter from Africa Inland Missions. I knew I had to read the book when I found Steve Peifer worked at Rift Valley Academy where friends of ours are missionary teachers. The book begins with their family trauma of losing their child shortly after birth. Devastating. In the midst of the devastation Steve hears God say to fulfill his wife's vision, which from before their marriage to be a missionary. He gives up his job to follow God's leading. Much o ...more
I loved this book. Early in my 20s I had an opportunity to spend nearly a month in Kenya, in and around the Rift Valley Academy where Mr. Peifer's memior is primarily set. The stories and descriptions in thisbook took me back and enveloped me in those memories. The people of Kenya forever changed me and the way I think about Africa, and I couldn't possibly explain why that is case any better than to tell someone to read this book.

Peifer does a wonderful job of acknowledging the tension faced by
"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 l ...more
The hardest book reviews to write are for the books that truly touch you. A Dream So Big had me spellbound from the first and I cannot even attempt to write a proper review.

If you have ever had the scary meeting with a "genetic couselor" at the OBGYN office than you can feel for the Peifer family. In my family's case, the meeting was unnecessary - our daughter was born with no complications. For the Peifer family, this was not the case. Their son was born with severe disabilities and only live
"A Dream So Big: Our Unlikely Journey to End the Tears of Hunger" by Steve Peifer (with Gregg Lewis) is a moving look at how one family's journey through grief led them across the world to Kenya, Africa and how God has used them mightily in that nation.

Steve and Nancy Peifer were not planning on having a third child, but God had other plans for them. Their son, Stephen, was born with Trisomy 13 and died eight days later. As they grieved for their son, they began to feel a need for a change of sc
A Dream So Big: Our Unlikely Journey to End the Tears of Hunger by Steve Peifer

If you want to read a book with so much HOPE...
If you want to read a book with much more LOVE...
If you want to read a book that tells the truth-filled, humor-filled, God-honoring, heart-breakingly amazing story of the journey the Peifer Family takes to Kijabe, Kenya, Africa, to work at Rift Valley Academy with children of missionaries, while God puts Steve and Nancy to work developing food and computer programs at the
When Steve met Nancy she was determined to be a missionary, but Steve wanted nothing more than to live his life securely on American soil. Somehow, even with their differences, they were convinced God brought them together for a purpose and though Steve still assured Nancy active participation in missions was never to be, he would still contribute to missions financially. Whether Nancy thought things would ultimately change or not, she married Steve and together they created a family.

When Nancy
Dottie Parish
A Dream So Big is an incredible true story that will delight, inspire and educate all who read it. Due to overwhelming grief at the loss of their infant son, Steve and his wife, Nancy, decide to spend a year at a school in Kenya as dorm parents to the children of missionaries.

Peifer recounts delightful and humorous stories about their children, JT and Matthew, and the family’s adaptation to and experiences in Kenya. He tells similar tales about the boys they house parent. Family trips during sc
A Dream So Big is a story of a family's journey past the pain of losing an infant to the dream of impacting a nation of children with no hope. Written with an extremely dry sense of humor, this book takes you through a 10+ year journey in the life of the Peifer family. In this book you will meet Steve and his wife Nancy, his children Matthew, JT, Stephen, Ben, and Katie. You will also meet missionary children at a boarding school in Kenya where the Peifers work and fall in love with thousands of ...more
Kathryn Jackson
This is the story of a family that traveled to Kijabe, Kenya to spend a year as dorm parents at Rift Valley Academy. Steve wasn't looking to be a "holy missionary" in Africa, rather, he went to help make his wife's dream come true after the death of their newborn son. But Kenya gets under your skin and captures your heart. During that year, Steve visited a school where the children were lying down. When he asked why they were lying down, he was told that the children had not eaten in three days, ...more
I have been a big fan of Steve's since joining his email distribution list at the invitation of a friend (who adopted the Peifers' dog when they left Texas for Africa). I met him in person when he spoke at our church, and I enjoyed his first book, "Your Pal, Steve," so much that I gave away my copy to a friend and had to buy another. I was also among the many jumping up and down in front of the TV when he won the CNN Heroes Award. When I saw that "A Dream So Big" was to have a coauthor I was con ...more
This is the story of a suburban family, stricken by tragedy when their third son was born with birth defects that would take his life after 8 days. Their grief was so deep that they looked for and found an "escape" by deciding to go on a mission. On their son's gravestone they had placed this epithat:
"Having fulfilled his purpose, The Father took him home" They had no idea at the time how big this little guy's purpose in life would be.

To read this book, is to read the story of the Peifer family.
If you aren't in love with Africa and its people already, then reading A Dream So Big will break your heart for them and leave you challenged to make a difference, however big or small you're able.

Steve Peifer didn't want to go to Africa, but after the death of his 4-day-old son, God impressed upon his heart to make his wife's dream come true. His wife Nancy's dream was to serve in Africa.

The family spent a year as dorm parents at Rift Valley Academy in Kenya. It was a challenging time and a hea
Gale Holt
Steve Peifer journeys from successful corporate pig (his words) to a man on a mission to fight hunger and lack of opportunity in rural Kenya. Navigating great personal loss, he and his wife travel to Africa to teach and support children of missionaries in an historic school for one year. Fourteen years later, they have also facilitated the nourishment of thousands of native school children in the Rift Valley and provided an undreamed-of opportunity--access to computers and training. Meanwhile, P ...more
Steve Peifer tells of how a serious family tragedy leads him, his wife, and children to discover a whole new world.

As I was reading of their experiences in Africa, I became emotionally entangled in the circumstances and people there. It helped me to see the things which I take for granted in my own life every day; my home, books, food, phone, and many other items. At the same time, it showed me how people who live so simply can be so full of joy and praise.

There are so many things to do in count
This is just a wonderful book. I am drawn to it especially because it is about a family that worked at the same boarding school in Kenya, Rift Valley Academy, as our daughter Bethany. But it is more than just a missionary story. It is a story of how you can find Jesus working in your life in the midst of difficult situations. Steve Peifer helped found an organization that feeds hundreds of thousands of Kenyan school children every day! And established computer centers at many of these extremely ...more
Sara Joseph
This was a moving, inspiring book that I thoroughly enjoyed. Steve and Nancy are friends from a long time ago, so reading the details of their story, much of which I never knew before was such a blessing. They are such humble, unassuming people that were it not for this account, I would never have known the enormity of their service in Kenya.
The book is so well written that it was hard to put down. It was wonderful to read how marvelously God used them to bring hope to so many children in Afric
The story is inspirational, the writing could use some work. Writing aside, the Peifer family's story of loss, redemption, service and sacrifice is compelling, inspiring and sets a challenge to all of us.
Julieanna Facelli
This book candidly tells the story of a family who when faced with the grief of losing a child, flip their lives upside-down and begin a new journey in Kenya. Steve's narrative is full of hilarious anecdotes, raw emotions and and honest faith seems to grow and develop every day. Their family's story is an inspiration and through this book I felt like I was walking along Steve's side as he bravely confronted hunger and injustice in Kenya. His frequent admission as an unlikely, un-holy missionary ...more
I LOVED this book! It made me want to send everything I can to help his organization. If you want to read about how one man can inspire others to help make a difference, get this one.
The book provides a detailed picture of the author's experiences in Kenya and the impact of his vision for education on the communities nearby.
Fascinating and inspiring are the best two words I can come up with for this book.
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