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After six years of serving day after day the people of Somaliland “who had witnessed profound evil, endured horrible living conditions, and suffered so much heartache and loss,” Nik Ripken said he found himself desperately wondering if the problems in Somaliland were too big for God. He found it nearly impossible to face a new day knowing he and his team would feed 50,000 people animal food – grains – to keep them alive and also bury 20 children before the day was over.
After the death of one of his own children from an asthma attack, he and his family returned to the United States to heal and recover from the physical and emotional trauma they had experienced. He found himself considering questions like, Can God truly overcome evil? Is love really more powerful than hate? How can a person maintain even a small hope in a dark place? In earnestly seeking answers to these and other questions, Ripken and his wife felt that he should go to countries where the believers were severely persecuted and learn firsthand about the “spiritual survival strategies and faith lessons they had learned through their experiences of suffering, hardships and persecution.”
Ripken had countless clandestine and dangerous meetings with people under severe persecution in Russia, Ukraine, Eastern Europe, China, Southeast Asia, Central Asia and in a large, strict Muslim country. He heard countless amazing and miraculous stories and came to realize that God is still doing the things He has always done.
The inspiring stories and eye-opening revelations in “The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected” should move the reader to re-examine their faith and seek to change how they live their lives each day for the glory of Jesus Christ.