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‘The sounds of heavy gunfire ripped the air apart. Each new volley of shots made me jump…“Get the children to safety!” someone yelled.’
When Liz Parker was growing up in a Liverpool vicarage, she never in her wildest dreams imagined that she would one day grow up to marry a missionary pilot and eventually serve with him in Uganda. This is the incredible story of their family’s travels, from their four-year preparation in South Africa, to the sun-drenched land of Tanzania, the unexpected conflict of South Sudan and the fast-moving busyness of Kenya. Follow their journey, through each new country, through every up and down of family life, and meet inspiring people along the way. Through all the peaks and valleys, you’ll discover their dependence on a way-making, promise-keeping God, who has done immeasurably more than they could have ever asked or imagined.
"I am profoundly inspired and impressed by this very powerful book. Liz Parker has written a deeply moving, interesting and compelling book. I especially value the accounts of MAF's Ministry and the poignant details of the situations of the people they reach.
“This book is so well written it is very hard to put down! I strongly recommend it as a 'must read' book."
– The Baroness Cox, Founder and CEO, Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust
“An exciting story of being a missionary today in five African countries, Liz Parker, a mum, teacher, and wife of an MAF pilot, gives an honest and humorous account of living daily by faith, including her family's gripping escape from civil war in South Sudan. I highly recommend this book.”
– John Butterworth, MBE, author, newspaper editor and journalist
"This is an inspiring and honest account of challenges courageously faced on the mission field. Liz reveals her grappling with questions about God's care as she encountered life-threatening situations. Yet fun, laughter and her love for Africa shine through. She discovers God is greater than war, trauma, fears and failures. I couldn't put it down."
– Charles Marnham, Vicar, St Michael's Chester Square, London 1995-2019
“We are immensely privileged that so many people like Liz and the Parker family commit their lives to fulfil the mission of MAF. But it is rare to get such an in-depth and heartfelt insight of what life is really like on the mission field. This book gives examples of the miraculous victories, inspiring faith and daily provision that God provides to those who choose to follow Him.”
– Ruth Whitaker, CEO, MAF UK
“Liz Parker vividly tells the story of her family’s many journeys and God’s grace to them through those chapters of life. MAF has been a tremendous blessing to my family for over 30 years and this recounting of the challenges and victories experience by the Parker family brought back many good memories. This book speaks to the caliber of men and women that make up the MAF team worldwide. May God increase their tribe.”
– Brooks Buser, President of Radius International
“Liz Parker’s story is God’s story. Immeasurably More is a pretense-free field guide for everyone who seeks to trust God in the hardscrabble of daily life, no matter if you do your shopping at the local Sainsbury’s or in a fetid open-air market in an impoverished corner of God's world. Some think mission is only for the “super saints" of great faith, but this book puts us into scene after scene where simple faith and obedience open the door for God to do ‘immeasurably more’. Be inspired and instructed — and enjoy a fun read.”
– Brian Jose, Executive Director, Radstock Ministries
It’s rare to find such a warm and honest account of the realities of missionary life — from the challenges of buying meat at crowded markets, to the joys of cross–cultural community. A journey well worth coming along on!
This book is 5* if you desire an account of God’s faithfulness to a missionary pilot wife and mum of 3 children in the ups and downs of life, of His faithful leading, and of His gentle care. This is not really a book focused on breath–taking conversions and miracles among indigenous peoples if that is what you are expecting in a missionary biography! This is an account of God’s faithfulness to a family through the ‘ordinariness’ and ‘not–so–ordinariness’ (!) of life abroad. For anyone who would like some encouragement and affirmation that God is faithful and cares about the details of life wherever He has called and directed you to be, then I would recommend this book!
I loved reading this book. I love a good Christian biography, but find that most are over 50 years old. That in itself isn’t a problem, but it’s great to hear stories of how God is at work in the lives of those out on the mission field as we speak! The story of the Parkers path to working with MAF, and the experiences of working across East Africa was a real eye opener. Liz writes in a very honest way, not glossing over the struggles they have had and the times they doubted God’s plans, and that makes it all the more readable, because it’s easy to see our own struggles and doubts reflected. I found it really interesting as MAF work alongside multiple mission organisations and NGO’s so have a unique role to play in resourcing and enabling missions across the world, and it was great to learn more about that. This is a great holiday read, or a perfect gift to give away as it’s a lovely hardback edition.
This book is a wonderful, honest account of how God has supported and provided for this missionary family, as they’ve stepped out in faith to serve Him and his people in Africa. It doesn’t hold back from sharing the ups and downs of missionary life and is a huge encouragement of what can be achieved when we fully trust in God. A quick read for me as once started I couldn’t put it down! Definitely worth a read if you want to be encouraged and inspired!
This enjoyable book is a vivid, totally honest account of a MAF missionary family’s everyday life in Africa. It was extremely interesting to learn more about how MAF operates globally and to glimpse behind the scenes of various MAF team compounds. The author is a very good storyteller, who draws on her copious journal notes to give us an extremely detailed, comprehensive picture of her family’s life. One of the things that struck me afresh was that, in order for MAF pilots to carry out their amazing work, it is the wives and children who often sacrifice most. Another thing I particularly appreciated was that the author is not ashamed or afraid to share her ‘un–Christian’ thoughts and feelings with the reader, even when she feels they do not reflect well on her. This ‘no–holds barred’ approach does not set missionaries apart from ‘ordinary’ Christians like us, so we can empathise readily with her and can consequently rejoice in God’s miraculous provision for the family time and again in the ordinary events of life. The frightening account of the unrest in South Sudan and the subsequent escape from Juba was the part I enjoyed most in the book and, were this book to be made into a film, this would certainly be the exciting climax. From beginning to end, God is the central focus and it is immensely encouraging to witness Him doing ‘immeasurably more’ than the author’s wildest dreams. Read it and be inspired! Judith Lewis, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Llwynhendy
Before even opening the book, the cover itself speaks volumes, the quality and thought that has gone into the design of this hardback cover is clearly of a high standard. Its short chapters allow the reader to delve in and out of the book as and when you have time, which is great if you are busy throughout the day but then have 5–10 minutes to spare. It’s an enjoyable but emotional read that will take the reader on a rollercoaster ride called faith. One of the unique things abut this book is that it is written from Liz’s perspective and not that of her husband Andrew, who is a pilot for MAF in Africa. It’s about her experience and from her perspective, inviting the reader into the Parker family’s lives as missionaries. This is really insightful to read of her experience living as a missionary and the challenges she and her family faced. Liz writes about the daily difficulties, challenges, the scares of children being sick, the dangers of living in hostile nations and the heartache of being separated from loved ones. Mission work is hard work and calls for great faith and sacrifice, which is what this testimony really reveals. This is why I would recommend this book to those considering mission abroad. The book is a rollercoaster and that also means that there are funny stories and great moments of joy. The author brings to the forefront the importance of community, prayer and trusting in God at every turn. Despite not having much free time due to lack of luxuries that we take for granted and raising her children, Liz Parker still found time to evangelise and share her faith with others. With cultural insights to life in different African nations, personal pictures that help bring a visual reality, life with MAF and a prologue that will draw you in, it is truly an insightful and challenging read.
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