"For all his many challenges; for all the years he suffered through the South Sudan war; for all his incalculable losses, Michael still keeps his winning smile. It’s what makes me love Jesus more when I am around him. And I’m happy to tell you that the book you hold in your hands will do the same."
From the foreword by Joni Eareckson Tada
Born into the Dinka Bor tribe in war-torn South Sudan, Michael was ten years old when he began to lose movement in his legs. He and his family soon realized that any hospital that could help him would take months to walk to—and walking was no longer an option for Michael.
God reached into this seemingly hopeless situation and took Michael on both a spiritual and physical journey of incredible grace. Michael’s adventures in Kenya and the USA eventually led to the formation of a widespread ministry that provides resources and training to people with disabilities in Africa.
Living with Hope is a testament to God’s purpose and plan for every life and of the hope to be found anchored in a relationship with Jesus and rooted in his sovereign goodness.
'This man is worth knowing. This man’s story is worth knowing. It’s a life that’s first almost unimaginably tragic, and then almost unimaginably hopeful. In the end, Michael’s story is God’s story. There’s no other way to make sense of it. Read this and stand amazed.'
Brant Hansen, radio personality and author of Unoffendable and The Men We Need
'Michael Panther’s epic journey is truly miraculous. His gripping saga calls forth every emotion – from fear to courage, from unthinkable pain to hope, from despair to resurrection. With an indomitable faith in the Lord, Michael survived ethnic slaughter, starvation, and deadly disease to triumph and find his Calling. His return to Africa to help those so desperately in need is a testament that God has chosen Michael Panther.'
Dr. Richard D. White, Dean Emeritus, Louisiana State University
'Living With Hope is a testament to God’s faithfulness. Michael takes us on a journey that is compelling, courageous, and often heartbreaking. His story offers hope in spite of unexpected circumstances. As Michael’s pastor, I have had a front seat to see Michael’s story impact people in our church and now around the world for God’s Glory.'
Bob Bouwer, Senior Pastor, Faith Church, Dyer IN
'An inspiring story of resilience, grace, and the power of living with hope.'
Philip Miller, Senior Pastor, The Moody Church, Chicago IL
'Michael is one of the most inspiring people that I have met. I’m so thankful he took the time to write his story so you can meet him too. Through his life, and this story, you will be reminded of the impact that one single person committed to serving the Lord can have in the lives of so many people around the world.'
Justin Narducci, President/CEO CURE International
'Michael’s story is one of a godly man’s courage, endurance, and hope through a wild and often tumultuous life. But even more so, it is a shining display of God’s love, faithfulness, and sovereignty as he leads Michael on this magnificent journey.'
Kevan Chandler, founder of We Carry Kevan