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Avis Goodhart did not have the upbringing you may think a "typical" missionary might have. She was not a missionary's child, she was not a pastor's child. She wasn't even the child of die-hard church-going folks.
She was more the offspring of gypsies.
Avis is the oldest of seven children. Her father had PTSD from WWII, although back then they didn't really call it that. His way of dealing with it was to move their family around from place to place as often as every few days! One particularly unstable year, Avis went to 10 different schools in one school year.
Avis had dyslexia. She was sexually abused. Not the start one might conjur up for a missionary. I don't want to give up too much of the story, because you will want to read this book. It's amazing to me how God took the pain of her childhood and used it for His glory, and her good.
Avis had a heart for missions, even when she was a child growing up in such instability. She went on her first mission trip in 1995, when she was 50 years old.
Mrs. Goodhart now runs an organization she founded, called GoYe Ministries, is Pacasmayo, Peru. She founded a church, school and an orphange called Casa de Paz (House of Peace) in 2005. Avis, through her ministry and faithfulness to God, has helped thousands of people "Out of the Dust."
To read more about Avis Goodhart and her foundation, please go to this website:GoYe Ministries
To purchase this incredible book, you can go here: Amazon.com (There is also a Kindle version.)
I highly recommend this book. If you have had pain in your life, it does not mean that you can not be used of God. God doesn't waste your pain...and neither should you.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.