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Distant Fields: The Amazing Call of George Markey from Farmland to Missions

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When George Markey announced that he was moving to the former Soviet Union with his wife and eight children, many people thought he was crazy. But what happened next would change their own lives and the lives of countless others.

Follow the journey of a man of faith. This is the story of a simple man from the North American Midwest, whose not-so-simple journey led him and h
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Paperback, 1, 232 pages
Published June 25th 2014 by Iron Pen Books
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Marilynn Dawson
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Distant Fields by Jed Gourley proved to be one of those books, one of those stories that would confirm that God can use anyone regardless of background, if they would surrender completely to Him. I've always enjoyed reading missionary stories such as the Hudson twins to Asia, or of the Elliots and their fateful trip into Inca territory. I've enjoyed stories such as "God's Smuggler" about Brother Andrew, "Tortured for Christ" about Wirmbrand, and like George, I too have read "Revolution in World ...more
Benjamin
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really inspired by reading this story of a man with simple, uncompromising faith and all that God can do through a person who seeks first His kingdom. Since I knew George Markey at the later stage of his life (though not closely) when there was so much evident fruit in his ministry, it was interesting to read how God had used trials and seeming failures in George's life previously all to accomplish the work He did through George. This book and the life of George Markey that it portrays so warmly ...more
Brook Maturo
I was intrigued by this book due to my love of all things Ukraine and Central Asia. Both places I have visited and loved. While the story is compelling, I was rather disappointed by the rambling preachiness and moralizing. But overall a lovely story of inspiring people.
Kristin Spencer
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has challenged my life in every way. The life of George Markey has always been an inspiration to me, but being able to read this book and put together all of the details has been invaluable. He was a true servant leader. His testimony is a modern day inspiration that is on the same level as Hudson Taylor and Isobel Kuhn.

I pray that God would use our family the way he used George, Pam, and all of their children.

There is a lot of practical advice to be gleaned from this book about dealin
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Marti Wade
Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: missions
Author sent me a free copy of this book he'd written about his father-in-law in hopes that I would review / promote it in our missions magazine, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. This is fairly well written and a decent tribute - Gourley did a great job producing a work that would honor Markey and preserve his story for his friends and family. But, as with so many self-published missionary biographies, it lacks wide appeal. I did not find much that would engage a reader who did not know this ...more
Blake Western
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the inspiring story of George Markey who went to the Ukraine with his family of 8 children to serve as a missionary at the age of 50. You almost feel that you know him after reading this book. Although he was limited in his language skills, his love for people spoke deeply and overcame many obstacles.
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