All my life, I’ve enjoyed hearing my father’s intriguing stories about his time in Pax Service after WWII. Over the past five years, my niece and I have had the privilege of reading his diaries and letters and picking his brain about his time in Germany and Nepal as we compiled his stories into this book. I hope you’ll enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed writing them.
About Eight Little Words
God’s voice interrupted young Otho Horst’s life early one July morning in 1952. At nineteen, Otho was living the only life he had ever known or dreamed of knowing — being a farmer. But then a heartbreaking tragedy shook his idyllic world. As he angrily lashed out at God in the middle of a cow pasture, he heard eight little words that forever changed his outlook and the course of his life.
Eight Little Words is the story of God taking a young man from a Mennonite farming community in Maryland to a remote town in Nepal and later to other locations of service. Through joining Mennonite Central Committee’s Pax Service after WWII, Otho was first stationed in Germany to help rebuild after the war and then in Tansen, Nepal, to help build a new hospital in a country newly opened to the Western world.
Ultimately, this book is an account of God’s faithfulness as He unfolds His purpose and plan in the life of a man fully committed to Him.