How God Led a Mennonite Farm Boy to a Remote Town in Nepal
By Fern Horst and Alyssa Reitz
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All my life, I’ve enjoyed hearing my father’s intriguing stories about growing up on a farm with eleven siblings and about his years helping to build a hospital in Nepal. My niece and I had the privilege of reading his diaries and letters and picking his brain as we compiled his stories into this book.
Several years ago, I also had the privilege of sitting down with him for a Life Purpose Discovery Session. His resulting Life Purpose Statement confirmed the purpose he had lived all his life and continues to live. To put the two together — his Life Purpose and the stories he loves to tell, was an affirmation and encouragement to him and an inspiration to me. I trust it will be for you, too, as you read his life story. After all, God has a purpose and plan for you, too!
Eight Little Words: How God Led a Mennonite Farm Boy to a Remote Town in Nepal 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.
At age nineteen, my father Otho Horst 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 early one July morning in 1952. 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.
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.