Riley Banks-Snyder first traveled to Kenya at age 13. At age 14, Riley started a non-profit group, Generation Next, dedicated to supplying hygiene kits to children in Kibwezi, Kenya. Now in her early twenties, Riley continues to do so much for Kenya – even having built a school in Kibwezi – and after she graduates from college, Riley and her husband plan to move to Kenya.
Riley Unlikely is an encouraging, inspirational, feel-good type of story. If you like books written by other missionary women, such as For the Joy Set Before Us by Erica Fye, Kisses for Katie by Katie Davis, and Miracle on Voodoo Mountain by Megan Boudreaux, you’ll like Riley’s story. The book reminds readers of God’s love and power, and it’s a great example of people who relied on God during difficult times. Towards the latter part of the book, Riley finds out that she has Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome; consequently, she is not able to carry or give birth to biological children. (Some women with MRKH do have biological children through a gestational carrier.) Riley’s outlook on life, however, is bright and optimistic.
Though the story is humbly called Riley Unlikely, a more fitting title would be Riley Very Likely – when you read about this amazing girl, it is no wonder she is able to do the great things she accomplishes.
You can find Riley Unlikley here.