If I Had Two Lives by Dan Vorm. (Clover Croft Publishing)
By Nico Bougas, Special to ASSIST News Service (Book Review)
GREECE (ANS – May 21, 2017) — Costas Macris was more than a faithful missionary serving the Lord in the remote jungles of Papua New Guinea and later the classical homeland of Greece. His was an extraordinary life that touched the lives of scores of individuals across the globe.
This well-researched book (If I Had Two Lives, Clover Croft Publishing) takes you from the land of his birth in Greece to his student days in Canada and then to the huge challenge of a pioneering missionary in PNG. After 16 years persevering against monumental odds Costas and his wife Alky and their 6 children then faced their biggest hurdle when Costas was pronounced terminally ill.
Author Dan Vorm grippingly portrays the drama of being uprooted from their missionary calling to the jungle territory and his subsequent miraculous healing whilst back in St Louis, Missouri waiting to die.
After being denied permission to return to Irian Jaya because of health concerns, they were faced with a new test. It seemed the logical option to return to their homeland of Greece and to establish a new mission to Greece. But a new firestorm awaited them. Not long after their return to Greece, Costas and two YWAM missionaries were arrested for proselytism and sentenced to lengthy terms of imprisonment. The news spread around the world like wildfire and the reaction caused ripples of protest from many different quarters. They were released on appeal and eventually the original sentence was overturned.
When Costas eventually died in 2007 he left a legacy like few others. He had contributed towards transforming the rural, rugged, isolated, heathen nation of Irian Jaya into a people with a significant Christian base. And through his efforts and the mission he established he sparked new life into the sterile spiritual condition of the nation of Greece. This was a nation that had been the first foreign mission field. Costas was following in the footsteps of the early Christian heroes such as the Apostles Paul and John and Barnabas, Timothy and Silas.
The book has been endorsed by such high profile Christian authors as: Eric Metaxas, George Verwer, Randy Alcorn, Joni Eareckson Tada, Don Richardson and Don Stephens.
This book reads like a modern version of the book of Acts. Perhaps it should have been called, Acts 29. Somehow, I think the Apostle Paul and those early pioneers of the Christian church would have approved. Together with the crowd of Heavenly witnesses they would have lined the streets of Heaven to cheer him on and welcome him home. Copies of the book are available from the website: www.ifihadtwolives.com or via Amazon: http://amzn.to/2qL0ey8
Note: Dan Vorm is a pastor on staff at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, TN., and also serves as a member of the North American leadership team for Hellenic Ministries. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Western Seminary. He and his wife, Kerry, spent five years working with Hellenic Ministries in Athens before returning to America for pastoral ministry. They have served churches in both Oregon and Tennessee. Currently they live near Nashville along with their four children.
Photo captions: 1) Book cover. 2) Costas (pictured) and his family lived in a very difficult part of Irian Jaya……the low lands. 3) Dan Vorm. 4) Nico Bougas with his wife, Bee, to whom he had been married for 44 years. They have four wonderful children — George, Benjie, Jonty and Tami.
About the writer: Nico Bougas is the International Development Director for Hellenic Ministries. He has a master’s degree in communication from Wheaton Graduate School and M. Div and D. Min degrees from Trinity Theological Seminary. He is the author of five books. He previously worked for Youth for Christ in South Africa and was Editor of In Magazine and Christian Living TODAY and currently serves as Consulting Editor for JOY Magazine and a Trustee for Radio CCFM and was one of the founders of Sports Outreach Africa. He previously served on the national executive of the SA Association of Evangelists and as a Trustee for the Bible Institute of South Africa and on the advisory board for the South African Theological Seminary and on the executive of The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund (SA). For further information, please contact: email@example.com
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