As the pastor of a very mission minded church, in order to share and witness the love of Christ, I have made numerous trips overseas and we are also now sending various teams to the farthest ends of the earth. Along with such things as passports and inoculations, we now use Donna Thomas´ excellent journal “Through the Eyes of Christ,” as an essential travel necessity. Due to Donna´s years of firsthand experience in this area, her heartfelt insights into the daily spiritual journey and needs of the short term mission traveler are highly valued. This journal helps to put into proper perspective what is being daily experienced in the hearts and minds of God´s short term servants. For those experiencing these short term mission experiences they should not leave home without this journal being close at hand.
-Steve Weldon Senior Pastor Hope Community Church Andover, KS
Having served as a pastor and now President of a Christian university, I have always wanted to know something of a speaker´s personal life, background, and communication abilities before extending a speaking invitation. Most of us have witnessed the benefits to any program or convocation when the speaker ‘connected’ with his or her audience.
I can recommend Rev.. Donna Thomas as one of those effective speakers. I have personally followed Rev. Thomas’ ministry especially her involvement in missions. I am not exaggerating when I say that Rev. Thomas and her late husband, Chuck, have been responsible for involving more people in missions that any leader I have personally known. The Thomas´ have created enormous lay ministry involvement in mission work camps. I believe Rev. Thomas´ vision for impacting the world for Christ established a new paradigm for missions within the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana).
However, Rev. Thomas has demonstrated a speaking effectiveness that supersedes denominational lines and respects other organization´s leadership. You can be at ease knowing that when she speaks, she will not undermine nor depreciate your organization’s standards or beliefs.
We invited Rev. Thomas to speak in several of our college chapels. Following her sharing times, we have students surround her asking questions and expressing appreciation for her inspirational message. We want our students to be world-changers. This is why we asked Rev. Thomas to speak to our college community. She is well-traveled and comes well-prepared for whatever audience she has the opportunity to address. She is an excellent author, as well.
Whenever I have listened to Rev. Thomas, and I have heard her speak over the past twenty years, I am always left inspired and refocused upon fulfilling the Great Commission. You will witness that same response when you invite her to speak, as well.
Referring a most effective speaker,
Dr. John Fozard
Mid-America Christian University
Oklahoma City, OK
This letter is to introduce to you Rev. Donna S. Thomas, a good friend and fellow servant of our Lord Jesus Christ whom I have known since college days.
Donna and her late husband Chuck Thomas, following their graduation from Anderson University, planted a thriving church in Wichita, Kansas. Missions and outreach came to be vital parts of their ministry. It was out of their growing passion for missions that Project Partner with Christ, a missions support organization, was born. Under the direction first of Chuck and then Donna, Project Partner became an exciting worldwide enterprise connecting Christians in America with the needs of Christians all around the world.
Donna now has become an excellent writer. She has five books presently on the market and another to be released soon. She is also a very capable and gifted speaker and a conference leader. She speaks everywhere–in churches, missions conventions, conferences, state or national gatherings, and on college campuses.
I recommend the ministry of Donna Thomas. She has exciting stories to tell, and she tells them very well. She always challenges her listeners, and she gives them ways to develop their response to the Lord.
Dr. G. David Cox
Church at the Crossing
Donna Thomas´ life is an inspiration for us in our choices of following and obeying God. Her message emphasizes the importance that God is with us in every situation. As a motivational speaker she will challenge you to new heights.
Doug and Laura Lee Oldham
Oldham Music Ministries
I will never forget the first time I heard her voice. I answered the phone one day, unwittingly, and she nonchalantly invited me to preach the Gospel in India. Her confidence, encouragement, and studied calm were in stark contrast to my dumbfounded and fearful amazement. Still, somehow, I ended up accepting the invitation. And my life was changed forever.
Donna Thomas was then, for me, the instrument of Providence. Her passion for mission partnerships in the developing world, her commitment to global evangelization, her extraordinary vision and daring courage, all turned my world upside down—and for the better.
Her life story reads like epic fiction, but is, instead, the stuff of real-life lived in a New Testament world. Hers is a story framed by romance (with a devotion to her husband that has few peers); family (with long-running rules as a mother and grandmother); pastoral ministry (planting and building a church); dramatic change (as unpredictable chapters unfold); adventure (in impossible places around the world); and the living Christ (Who can be seen guiding and guarding at every step). It is a story of faith, blessing, achievement, perseverance, and triumph.
You will never meet anyone with a more fascinating tale to tell. You will never read anything more illustrative of what God can do with a life surrendered. You will never forget the first time you meet her. I am so thankful the Lord introduced me to Donna Thomas. You will be too.
Rev. James Lyon
Pastor, Madison Park Church
Speaker, Christians Broadcasting Hope
The only thing I knew about Project Partner before I met Donna Thomas was that she and her husband, Chuck, created problems wherever they went. What I´ve found out about Donna, Chuck and Project Partner is that they are the opposite of problem makers; they were problem solvers. Big time problem solvers! Who said you can´t get into China? Who said you couldn´t talk to dictators? Talk about new paradigms! Project Partner is the prototype lay missions organization. They broke all the models and then created a brand new thing and changed the face of missions. Today lay persons heading off across the world on short-term missions is a familiar story. Once upon a time, it was virtually unknown. Imagine that!
I am proud to have played a part in telling one of the great stories of our time. Here´s the real message of Climb Another Mountain: when fully devoted followers walk in the footsteps of Jesus, you just never know what´s going to happen. But you can be real sure that it is going to be a good thing! A very good thing!
Arthur M. Kelly,
Church of God Ministries
CLIMB ANOTHER MOUNTAIN Book Review By Karen Roberts
“Because of Donna Thomas, I’ve stooped in the hot afternoon sun of India to give a cup of cool water and a ladle of steaming rice to lepers in India. I´ve seen the orphan children who were left to die in the streets now learning to read and write in the classrooms of the children´s homes. I´ve walked with barefoot pastors into those remote villages and watched the light shine in the eyes of the people as they heard, for the very first time in their lives, about a God who loves them and can help them with their problems.
This book is a collection of stories by a woman who was once a stay-at-home mom in Kansas until that Christmas when she and her husband and her three boys crossed the Rio Grande into Mexico to visit a missionary. The stories trace the founding of a prototype organization that has changed the face of missions around the world.
Climb Another Mountain will take you to India too, and Cuba, and China, and Nicaragua, and Guatemala as you relive with the author some of the most amazing experiences in short-term missions you will ever hear. But mostly, and more importantly, it will take you to the foot of the ‘mountain’ your feet are intended to climb. It will challenge you and direct you to step outside of your world into a world of adventure with God.”
College students at Indiana Wesleyan University are exposed to a wide variety of Christian leaders. The ones who capture their interest most are those who speak with sincerity, from personal experience, and challenge them to allow God to direct their lives. This is precisely what Donna Thomas did at a recent chapel. The students listened intently and responded positively to the testimony of God´s faithfulness and ability, to use a life surrendered to Him.
Donna Thomas shares a wealth of examples of how God has taken an ordinary life and filled it with excitement and significance. Through obedience to Christ, Donna has traveled the world and watched first hand as God has accomplished remarkable things. Demonstrating large vision and the ability to step out in faith, time and time again, God has blessed and used Donna. It is fascinating to listen to her tell her story. It leaves you asking, “I wonder what God wants to do with me?”
It is a privilege to recommend Donna to groups of all ages, but especially to those just starting out on life´s adventure. The challenge is to obedience. The challenge is to offer God whatever you have. The challenge is to do whatever your hand finds to do, with all your might.
Donna has lived this way and God has blessed!