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From the intro …

Below is an excerpt from the introduction to Sam’s new book, “The Making of a Servant.”

This book is about one man’s life and his struggle to become what God created him to be. The question is: “What makes a man and his wife pick up their family and move to another country, not knowing the language and the culture or any person in that country, and spend most of his life there?” A second question often asked is: “Why would a man take his family into a country that erupts into a major war and continue to live there until the resolution of the conflict over thirteen years later?” Another question is: “What makes a person decide to serve the Lord overseas and remain in that service fifty-four years?

Some would say such a life is not normal. Some would say it is foolhardy. Some say such a commitment—leaving father and mother, siblings and friends to serve the Lord far away—is too great a sacrifice. “We need ministers here at home!” they say. “Many of us struggle intensely trying to find that right direction we should take to find peace, joy, and meaning in life. Faced with so many choices, how do we find that pathway?

I am reminded of the story of Alice in Wonderland. One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree:

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” she asked.

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where,” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go—,” said the Cat.

“The matter” is important because it means either spending one’s life in meaning, joy, contentment, and fulfillment or spending one’s life always wondering with regret, “What if I had only taken the other fork in the road?”

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The Journey Begins

Sam’s new book, “The Making of a Servant” will be published within the next few weeks! More information is forthcoming at this site in the next few days. This book takes its inspiration from Jeremiah 18, “Like clay in the hand of the potter so are you in my hand…” the Lord says.

Sam writes, “We all have experiences from our earliest years of life which tend to nudge us in the direction we take in life. It is important for us to learn from those experiences so that we can know which fork to take when the path of life presents us with hard choices. Through childhood in a small rural town in Randolph County, North Carolina, six years of naval service in the Korean War, 10 years of university and seminary education, marriage and four children, and fourteen years in the Vietnam War, there were many paths I could have taken, but the Potter in whose hands I rest, was in the process of forming the vessel He wanted to use in those places where His presence was needed. Thus the title, The Making of a Servant.” 


Sam’s goal in writing the book is to provide you the opportunity to look at your own life’s experiences and see how they have influenced your own choices in life. He hopes you may even be challenged to make serious choices about your present direction in life. Most of all, Sam prays you understand your need for the presence of a loving heavenly Father to give you fresh insight and guidance!

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