AT NINETEEN, 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. As he angrily lashed out at God in the middle of a cow pasture early one July morning in 1952, 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.
OTHO HORST began life as a farmer, but God had other plans. Through his life of missionary work and pastoring, Otho has lived a fulfilling life serving Jesus and encouraging others to live for Him. Otho is a natural story teller. Whether from over the pulpit or around the dinner table, his children, grandchildren, and many others have enjoyed listening to his stories from a lifetime of service in various places around the globe. Some of his favorite stories are from his time in Pax Service in the 1950s.
With a desire to preserve these stories and pass them on to others, Otho's daughter Fern Horst and granddaughter Alyssa Reitz committed to compiling and publishing them. This book is a result of hours listening to Otho's stories and reading his diaries and letters, long days of writing interspersed with laughter, and — most of all — inspiration from a God Who has a purpose for each person He creates.
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