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A Twist of Faith: An American Christian's Quest to Help Orphans in Africa

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American Christians, veteran reporter John Donnelly has discovered, are an ever-increasing source of aid in Africa, with some experts estimating that U.S. churches supply more resources to Africa than USAID. In A Twist of Faith, he tells the unlikely story of how faith and determination compelled one such American Christian to travel to Africa and open a school for children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. David Nixon, a carpenter from North Carolina who had lived through his share of trouble, knew nothing about the small, land-locked African country of Malawi. But after having a religious awakening and hearing about a preacher's efforts to aid its impoverished and beleaguered citizens, he raises money from his church and sets off to do what so many well-intentioned Americans of faith do in Africa: build an orphanage. But as his plans are beset with difficulties, Nixon slowly comes to realize that helping others requires listening to and learning from them. And that means changing his preconceived ideas of what the Malawians need and how he can best serve them. A Twist of Faith is the story of one man who, despite personal struggles, a profound cultural gap, the corruption of local officials, and the heartbreak of losing an orphan he comes to love, saves himself by saving others in a place nothing like home. Nixon's story is representative of a growing trend: the thousands of American Christians who are impassioned donors of time, money, and personal energy, devoted to helping African children. 

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"Foreign affairs reporter Donnelly follows the mission work of one man, an evangelical Christian named David Nixon, who attempts to make a difference in the lives of AIDS orphans in the African nation of Malawi, which gained some visibility in America when Madonna adopted an orphan from that country. Nixon's backstory includes an evangelical religious awakening that helps him straighten out a youthful mess of a life that included addiction. His talents and zeal take him to Malawi, where he gets an education in how to do things the right, and wrong, way. In telling Nixon's story, Donnelly also sketches a much larger picture of the difficulties and necessities of cross-cultural interactions between well-intentioned Americans and Malawians skeptical of those intentions. There are no easy answers in this closely observed, eye-opening book. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

For more than thirty years, John Donnelly has reported in regions far from the United States, starting with the civil wars of Central America, delving into the political violence in Haiti, drawing out tales of conflict and peace in the Middle East and Asia, and then landing in Africa, where he feels most at home. In Africa, where he traveled as a staff reporter for the Boston Globe and later as a Kaiser Family Foundation fellow, he became intrigued by the steady stream of Americans with big hearts and big ambitions whose adventures are told in this book.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Moment in an African Field

Chapter 2: The Road to Africa

Chapter 3: Oprah: One of Many

Chapter 4: An Education in Malawi

Chapter 5: Distant Struggles, Common Bonds

Chapter 6: A Grave Loss and a Daunting Challenge

Chapter 7: The Lure of Orphanages

Chapter 8: A Matter of Faith

Chapter 9: Breaking a Cycle

Acknowledgments

A Note on Sources

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807001325
Author:
Donnelly, John
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Subject:
Missions & Missionary Work
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Christianity-Missionaries
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
8.77 x 5.74 x 0.78 in 0.84 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Foreign affairs reporter Donnelly follows the mission work of one man, an evangelical Christian named David Nixon, who attempts to make a difference in the lives of AIDS orphans in the African nation of Malawi, which gained some visibility in America when Madonna adopted an orphan from that country. Nixon's backstory includes an evangelical religious awakening that helps him straighten out a youthful mess of a life that included addiction. His talents and zeal take him to Malawi, where he gets an education in how to do things the right, and wrong, way. In telling Nixon's story, Donnelly also sketches a much larger picture of the difficulties and necessities of cross-cultural interactions between well-intentioned Americans and Malawians skeptical of those intentions. There are no easy answers in this closely observed, eye-opening book. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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