Faith and risk are two invitations life offers. Like hands held open, they beckon us to follow, to believe and to fight for something we cannot see. After nine years of marriage and the birth of three children, Dara and Peter DeSoto found themselves walking through the quiet streets of their neighborhood in Valencia, California and considering the unthinkable. What if they sold it all—their house, furniture, cars—and moved to El Salvador to be missionaries? Dara was pregnant with their fourth child, Peter had a lucrative career, and nothing about taking this risk made logical sense. Yet, their hearts were leading them in this direction and they felt compelled to follow.
One afternoon, while Dara was at home with their children in San Salvador, she received a message that Peter was shot in the neck by a masked gunman as he was driving through a tiny village four hours away. The bullet lodged in his esophagus, missing his spinal chord and trachea by only one centimeter. The next nine hours were an intense fight to save him. Yet, once they succeeded, even more complicated and heartbreaking questions emerged, as saving Peter’s life was just the beginning.
Peter shares about the experience at a recent conference in Nashville.
ABOUT EL SALVADOR
Much of this book takes place in El Salvador, which is the smallest of the Central American countries and also the most densely populated. From 1979-1992 the country was caught in a bloody civil war between the government military and left-wing guerrilla groups who were battling over land. After 12 years of fighting, 75,000 people had died. Today, El Salvador still struggles with poverty, inequality, and gang violence.
Even with this struggle, El Salvador is filled with beauty, nature, and a thriving culture of resilient people. One can feel like family within minutes of sharing a pupusa together. Kids play soccer in the streets with abandon. Moms and dads work hard to provide a future for their kids. Many churches lead the way in helping their communities confront dire circumstances and overcome through God's love.
WHO WE ARE
Dara and Peter DeSoto met in college and have now been married over 19 years. They served as missionaries with the ministry ENLACE in El Salvador from 2005 through 2010.
Today, Dara is a professional doula who works with expectant mothers. Peter is the Executive Director of Three Angels Children’s Relief, a nonprofit that serves at-risk families and orphans in Haiti. They live in Seal Beach, California with their four kids (PJ, Isaac, Hannah, Kaya) ages 17-10 yrs. old.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christy Krumm Richard is a freelance writer, college instructor, and creator of the blog, The Edible Life. She has spent the last six months interviewing Dara and Peter, researching El Salvador, and going through Dara’s journals of her time living abroad, both before and after Peter was shot. At this point, she has loads of material, including video interviews of their kids right after the incident and a written, firsthand account documenting the shooting.
SO, WHY ARE WE NOT DONE WITH THIS BOOK ALREADY??
Christy has never been to El Salvador! And it’s difficult to bring a story to life without experiencing a place and people first hand. She needs to make this trip and do more primary research for the book.
The funds raised from Kickstarter will cover the following:
- Christy’s research trip to El Salvador this November. She will be traveling with Dara and Peter to see where they worked and lived, to interview their coworkers and friends, and visit the site of the shooting.
- Reducing her work schedule so she can write once she returns from El Salvador, as she is currently working two jobs to pay the bills.
- Publishing costs (editing, formatting, design, marketing)
- Production of first copies of book
Our goal is to have the whole book written, edited, and ready to put in your hands by the end of summer 2016. That is why we will be reserving another part of the money we raise to pay for self-publishing and marketing costs. We’ll need to hire cover designers, copy editors, and pay for printing and binding. Here's the more detailed timeline:
September 8 - October 9: Kickstarter campaign!
November 2015: Travel to El Salvador for research.
December 2015: Transcribe all interviews and conclude research.
January - June 2016: Complete full draft of book
July - August 2016: Submit for editing, formatting, and cover design September 2016 If all goes according to plan, we will hold the book release party and private dinner, then get the book printed and sent off to you.
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Risks and challenges
Kickstarter’s policy is all our nothing. We have to raise 100 percent of the funds we need, or else we won’t have access to any of it. This is a risk we are willing to take because we believe in this book and are excited to share it with you! As you read the DeSoto’s story, our hope is that you may find glimpses of your own story and ultimately feel encouraged that even the most dire situations can one day be redeemed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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