My siblings and I were raised in Hong Kong as missionary kids. We grew up in a home where cross cultural missions were part of our daily life. I graduated from high school in 1974 and returned to the States to go to college. A few short years later, I bought a copy of "The Peace Child" and read it in one sitting. Then when "Lords of the Earth" came out, I immediately bought a copy. A few years later when "Eternity in Their Hearts" came out I added it to my personal library. Don visited southern California once during the 80's and I went to see him speak at one of the churches in Riverside but I don't remember the name of the church. Afterwards, I introduced myself and thanked him for his work. I am grateful for Don's influence on my thinking and understanding about missions. I am passing his legacy on to my children as we are currently reading "The Peace Child" as part of our homeschooling. I thank God for his and Carol's lives and I look forward to them introducing me to their Sawi brothers and sisters in heaven some day!
I just want to say that his story inspired me as a young Bible College student studying missions. Today the impact continues as I share the story of the Peace Child, and Don's story to my own students in the Introduction to Global Missions class that I teach. These students lives continue to be impacted by his story as they are exposed to what God did through him, and the concepts that Don taught through the book, Eternity in their Hearts! I am forever grateful!
Don Richardson influenced my life in a similar way that Dr. Ralph Winter impacted me. Don Richardson continues to impact and influence my life through one of his very close disciples, Mr. Bob Sjogren of Unveiling Glory Ministries (see http://www.unveilinglory.com/) I highly recommend Bob's ministry, his Cat and Dog Theology, his Homeschooling and Christian School curriculum. His materials, like Don's, has highly shaped the Perspectives Course program as well. Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (see https://perspectives.org/) is the greatest course I've ever taken, and that includes all courses I've taken at The College of William and Mary as well as Regent University! Read Don Richardson's six books. Purchase from this website: https://www.peacechildlegacy.com/home Praise God from whom all blessings flow... and let Don Richardson influence your life how God wants to! We are all blessed to be a blessing! Not just to receive the "top line" of the blessing but especially the "bottom line" of the blessing... to be a blessing to all peoples, tribes, tongues... all 17,000+ people groups throughout the earth!