Book Review: Facing Terror

facingCarrie McDonnall served in Israel, Jordan, Iraq, and other Middle Eastern countries with the International Mission Board. While serving she met and married David who was also a missionary to the Middle East. They served together in Iraq doing humanitarian work until they and their friends were gunned down in March 2004.

Carrie and David were serving separately in the Middle East. They met, developed a friendship, fell in love and got married. After their marriage they returned to the serve together in the Islamic world. The book opens with the two of them serving in Iraq. They were in a car with others when they were assaulted with a rain of automatic gunfire. Their friends were killed and Carrie was critically wounded. David was mortally wounded, but before he died he ensured Carrie was out of danger and receiving medical care.

The love story that these two had for each other and Jesus was as heartwarming as it was bizarre. They had a strong love affair and great passion for serving Christ. They sacrificed comfort and security in order to share their faith with practitioners of Islam. They did all this during one of the most confusing and volatile periods in the history of Muslim/Western relations; just before and just after September 11, 2001.

The book is not eloquently written, but the story tells itself. Carrie and David paid the ultimate price to serve their Lord and show his grace and mercy to a people hostile to the West and to Christianity. Carrie and David lived in poverty and under extremely difficult circumstances, but they loved to serve.

Post 9/11 this story was big news. For weeks it was covered by international media outlets that wanted to sensationalize the story to exemplify US/Middle East relations. But, above the geopolitical implications soars the compassion of Christ. This story was about the obedience of two Christian servants and the love of their Savior. Carrie and David were able to serve and sacrifice only through the strength given them by Jesus.

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.
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