How far would you go to save the life of a child? California businessman Levi Benkert was playing with his children in the park when he received an urgent phone call from a friend asking him to drop everything and fly to Ethiopia to help organize a rescue orphanage for children destined to be murdered as part of a tribal superstition known as "mingi". In tribal culture, children and infants with even the slightest defect are considered "cursed" and are killed by their own parents, who fear allowing the children to live will cause bad luck to descend on the village. Moved by his friend's story, Levi packed his bags and left for what he thought would be a short, two-week trip.
Once he arrived in Ethiopia and met the children, however, Levi knew there was no turning back. Six weeks later, Levi, his wife, Jessie, and their three young children sold their home and all their belongings and relocated to Ethiopia indefinitely. What followed was the adventure of a lifetime.
From the challenges of establishing and running the orphanage and finding adoptive homes for the rescued children, to his continued efforts to work with tribal leaders and bring an end to "mingi killings" once and for all, No Greater Love is a gripping and poignant story of one man's quest to make a difference - no matter what the cost.
©2012 Levi Benkert and Candy Chand (P)2012 Oasis Audio
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"*A Story of Success, Failure, and Triumph*"
Success, in our culture, is based on how much we earn, how much we own, and how important people think we are. Levi and his family left this culture, and dove head first into the Ethiopian world. In doing so, they found freedom and renewed purpose in saving the children, Mingi, who were doomed to die because of superstition. They also came to realize that God had a greater purpose for their lives, and that Ethiopia was now their forever home.
Great story about how God can use anyone. Very inspiring. The narrator was perfect for the book.
"Love Story With Africa"
I listened to this book because it was a book club's selection. I always enjoy personal narratives. This story is told by Levi Benkert as seen through his eyes only. However, I think the story would have been stronger if I could have heard his wife's and family's perspectives as well.
It's not the ending that's a shocker but the opening description of the horrors of infant genocide practiced in Ethiopia.
Yes, the book stimulated a great book club conversation and unquestionably Levi Benkert has a heart for God and the people of Ethiopia.
A great true story for any book club.
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