My life has been a journey of nearly seventy-five years—from my childhood in India to my young adulthood in the USA, and then, in my later years, back and forth between these two. Like many a wanderer, I often think about “home.” I sometimes wonder if I really know what it is.
–Margaret Loehlin Shafer
Although she was called to her eternal “home” in 2012, the words of author Margaret Shafer live on through this memoir, Home Is the Journey: My Life.
Margaret details in this heartfelt account of her life’s journey the diverse experiences she had in Northwestern India while growing up as one of five children from Western missionary parents. Her hometown was Jalandhar, Punjab. At the start of her senior year of high school, she experienced the “culture shock” of returning to America in Connecticut.
Recounting the stories from seventy-four years of living, Margaret sees the hand of God leading her to become an advocate for others, whether working for improved education for children and youth in the USA or founding a congregation’s program of befriending and working in behalf of homeless people on the streets of New York City.
Margaret and her college-sweetheart husband Byron—a professor, pastor, and fellow advocate—adopted three children: Stephen, James, and Tina. With a Christian mindset arising from her own childhood, Margaret provided them with the opportunity to experience different cultures of the world.
Included also in Margaret’s memoir are stories of people who touched her with their own accounts of miraculous blessings and triumphs over challenges.
Each chapter introduces a different aspect of Margaret’s prolific life, yet collectively they present one meaningful challenge: to spend the time God has given you selflessly helping others.
For Margaret, a life of service was the legacy she was meant to leave.