Donald R. Jacobs served as a missionary in Africa from 1953 to 1973. During that time, he founded the Mennonite Theological College in Tanzania and later served on the faculty at the University of Nairobi. After his African ministry, Jacobs directed overseas programs for Eastern Mennonite Missions and then worked as director of the Mennonite Christian Leadership Foundation. Jacobs holds a PhD in religion and culture from New York University. His previous books include A Gentle Wind of God (2006) and Pilgrimage in Mission (1983).