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Dr Michael Meegan was born in Liverpool and has spent the past 25 years living and working in Africa amongst some of the poorest people on Earth.
In 1978 he founded the International Community for Relief of Starvation and Suffering (ICROSS) with Dr Joe Barnes, an international charity that is now working in several developing countries. He still lives among the Maasai people in the Great Rift Valley, where he manages one of the largest terminal care programmes in Africa.
This is an amazing memoir about one man's dedication to helping other people. Michael Meegan has spent his life in the third world fighting poverty and disease and in 1978 he founded the International Community for the relief of Starvation and Suffering. Surprised By Joy tells of his work in East Africa and explores the early experiences which led him to devote his life to such causes. It's a profound and moving book that will make you reflect on the things we all take for granted.
We are all, in some way, afraid of the future--we do not know what tomorrow brings. We are afraid of risk, of pain, of failure. Those things that always happen to someone else, one day happen in our lives, bringing tomorrow crashing in on us. Life is full of surprises, many that are fabulous, some that are hurtful, but we are not powerless pawns in a meaningless existence. We are magic, we are power, we are promise. In a time when the world is in so much turmoil and confusion, self-help books are on the increase. This book, however, does not focus on the self. Instead it looks at how love and compassion, when given out to others, can act as a better antidote to the often painful human condition.
Many people say they want to make a difference in the world, but they don't know how.Thisinsightful guideprovides examples of how real people have made real differences on all levelsglobal, local and personal. It reminds us to see the joy and love in every moment of every day, and that making a difference is something everyone can do. Proceeds from the sale of this book will go directly to benefiting AIDS orphans in Africa.