Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | April 30, 2013

Personal tragedy leads to an unlikely journey—‘A Dream So Big’

Dream So BigWhen 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 found out she was pregnant at the age of 40, she and Steve were both surprised and excited at the same time.  However, their excitement would soon turn to concern when they were told their child would be born with trisomy 13, a genetic disorder with an extra chromosome on the thirteenth pair.  Most pregnancies do not make it full term or the baby is stillborn, and those who survive live two years at the longest.  Stephen Wrigley Peifer lived eight days.

Seeking to flee the pain of their loss, Steve and Nancy Peifer signed up to be dorm parents at a school in Kenya for a year.  But this one-year experiment became a 13 year journey to end the tears of hunger.

“A Dream So Big” is the re-telling of the events leading up to and including this monumental decision to be an unlikely hero living life in the center of God’s Will after the excruciating pain of losing a child.  It is a story of what can happen when God puts two people together to live life in a world filled with pain and sorrow and how those two people can make a decision to give their lives to help others when they have suffered loss.  It tells of how their hearts became broken for the kids who desperately needed help in order to survive.  Their son, Stephen, through his death, saved thousands of kids in Africa from dying from hunger.  What a marvelous picture of what God did for us—allowing His own Son, Jesus, to die on a cross to save the multitudes of sinners who would later turn to Him in their spiritual hunger so that they could have eternal life.

Click here to purchase “A Dream So Big” by Steve Peifer with Gregg Lewis through

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan in return for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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