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Jantsen's Gift: A True Story of Grief, Rescue, and Grace Paperback – August 4, 2011
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"The author's charitable, compassionate nature saturates the narrative, giving it a smooth, unrushed flow...a skillfully written account of life after grief."―Kirkus
"A profound reminder of what a difference one person can make in the world."―Washington Post
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When Pam Cope loses her 15 year-old son, Jansten, due to an unknown heart condition, she falls into a very severe depression. Upon invitation from a friend, Pam and her husband Randy, travel to Vietnam to visit an orphanage that this friend has built, and to find a way of coping with her loss/grief. There they fall in love with a Vietnamese child and decide to adopt him. Eventually they adopt another Vietnamese girl - but not before they fall in love with these children and realize that they can use the money that was donated in Jantsen's name after his death for such a worthy cause.
This memoir chronicles Pam and Randy's journey to providing children with food, shelter, education and medical care in Vietnam and Cambodia. And eventually to their work in Ghana where children are sold into slavery or prostitution by their families at a very young age. It details the struggles they go through to obtain these children from their "masters" and their work in building the The Village of Hope Orphanage.
I cried (a lot)... I laughed... I was truly moved and inspired. This is the type of book that makes you rethink your life. It is heart-wrenching to read some snippets of the letters that Pam writes to Jantsen and this book is a touching tribute to him.
To find out more about their foundation - Touch a Life, or to make a donation (I already did), please visit their website at [...] You can also visit their blog at: [...]
If you are wallowing in self pity, stressed about stuff that doesn't matter - order now.
My "comfort zone" has been challenged and my worldview expanded.
If you want to learn how to give your life to something that matters - this is a must read.
Pam and her husband Randy, started a foundation with money that had been donated in Jantsen's name after his death. Wanting a purpose and a legacy for him, they accept an invitation to travel to Vietnam to inspect an orphanage, with the intent of supporting its work. This trip changes their lives. Pam's perspective changes as she realizes how many at-risk children there are in this world. She and her husband adopted two children and have made it their mission in life to help as many others as they can.
Pam speaks of her experiences establishing homes in Vietnam and Ghana, where children who have been sold into slavery or prostitution can be rescued, sheltered and educated. The level of commitment and service that the Cope family has put into this project is amazing. They are an inspiration to people everywhere, that one or two people can truly make a difference in this world.
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A very moving and enlightening story of redemption and hope. The story is very well-written and engaging. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Robert Daneker
This book moved me and inspired me. I hope do can do things like Pam did. Thank you for everything PamPublished 12 months ago by John
Excellent book, well worth the read. Gives you a wonderful perspective on things. It is amazing what one woman and God can do!! Very inspiringPublished 22 months ago by Becky Way
We were assigned this book in our book club to read this month. Well written and ran the gamut of emotions. Inspired me to be a better person, Christian, and volunteer. Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by TX girl in HSV
This is absolutely an amazing book. I felt every emotion the author expressed. I was literally crying when I read certain parts. I could not put this book down! Read morePublished on September 17, 2013 by DG
I absolutely LOVED this book and this story of a courageous family who took their grief and turned it into a legacy not to be forgotten. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Lisa M. Murphy
I enjoy reading about other brothers and sisters in Christ. This book gave me a true sense of the process or stages we go thru in grieving. Read morePublished on May 24, 2013 by Heather Peters
This inspirational story shares the walk from grief to grace at a thrilling, page-turning pace. It is well written with accompanying photos.Published on April 20, 2013 by Velda F. Glick