The story of Dan Terry's remarkable life

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Dan Terry during his last visit to John Wesley UMC, Tallahassee.

We were all shocked and saddened when in August 2010 we heard the tragic news that Dan Terry had been attacked and killed in Afghanistan, together with seven other foreign aid workers and two Afghans.

Dan and Seija’s ministry of more than three decades in Central Asia had been supported by several covenant churches in the Florida United Methodist Conference. Through the years many of us had been blessed and inspired by the testimony of this humble and outstanding man of God.

Two years after Dan’s death, childhood friend Jonathan Larson brings to light the story of Dan’s remarkable life. In his book Making Friends among the Taliban, author Jonathan Larson retraces Dan’s nearly forty years in Afghanistan and, through interviews and eye witness accounts, relays Dan’s incredible way of daily living. Facing famine, poverty, prison, and rifle muzzles—and across three decades of kings, the Red Army, warlords, the Taliban, and the American-led coalition—Dan found improbable friendships across the front lines of conflict and inspired small Afghan communities to find a better way of life.

Jonathan Larson and others share more captivating stories from Dan Terry’s life, in the complementary documentary, Weaving Life: The Life and Death of Peacemaker Dan Terry. The documentary will be airing on ABC staring on October 21. Local stations showing it can be found here.

Author Jonathan Larson also has a new site of his own with information about both the book and the movie: www.larsonj.com

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