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Riley Unlikely: With Simple Childlike Faith, Amazing Things Can Happen Hardcover – September 22, 2016
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Riley Banks-Snyder is the founder and executive director of Generation Next, a non-profit she established at the age of 14. Generation Next has built and oversees a school in Kibwezi, Kenya, and runs a thrift shop and food pantry in Branson, Missouri, to fund operations. Riley’s heart is for Africa - and for reminding every young person that they can do more to change the world than they could ever imagine. She lives in Branson, MO with her husband and family. www.generationnextcares.org
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While reading through the chapters, my heart was completely overwhelmed with the reality of Riley's childlike faith at age 13. While consistently listening to the voice of God, as Riley moved forward in this crazy world, with a new set of circumstances in her life, about to implode and change her life's course forever. One whom no one else could possibly see as a miracle, but Riley has. Along this traveled road, my daughter was privileged to be a part of Riley's journey . Just for one short summer, when the container finally arrived (and the phone calls from Africa of the heartbreak from our daughter and the team as well) when the orphanage would not open. Of course this was God's plan. The 16 team members worked so extremely hard, to clean, paint and be prepared for the beloved children, yet none ever lost sight of the work that God had brought them to Kibwezi Kenya to do. Riley, and her mom, always seem to be able to pray, listen and find an answer to nearly every situation that God has led them into. I cried, I giggled and my heart wrenched for certain situations that Riley, her parents, family members and the teams encountered along the journey. But in every situation there was an answer. God sustained every movement for His will to be done by using a young girl at the age of 13 and moving through all the stages of life for seven long years. He instilled wisdom, ideas, relentless hours of praying and answered prayers. This book is one of truth, and a long journey that is very far from over! It will move you beyond words (and tears) from the world that we live today, in comparison to the world that Riley has created with her family, her husband Graham and in the summers to come, and the future in Kibwezi, Kenya. Also, most likely, in the many other travels she has yet to encounter. What a blessing it is in this day and age to have such a beautiful and truth filled, God spirited book to cherish.
Riley was just a 13 year old girl, who simply followed God; and He lead her to an incredible place, with amazing people. It wasn't always easy, and it wasn't always fun, but she looked at trouble head on and with confidence--and some hesitation-- and allowed God to lead her life and ministry.
Pick up this book and allow yourself to experience what God is doing in Kenya, and the ministry he does though one unsuspecting girl who decide to follow His path.