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April 2012

April 2012: Delivering Big Books to Kenya

A doctor discovers joy helping alcoholics in Africa

A good friend of mine in AA tells the story of how, when faced with the prospect of surrendering his will and his life to the care of God, he was afraid God would ask him to give away all his possessions and move to Africa to be a missionary. The first time I heard him tell his story, I identified with his thinking—I had had that exact fear when taking the Third Step. I worried that God would choose for me some life of great sacrifice, one in which I would be resigned to quiet misery. God, it appears, is not without a sense of humor.


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