David J. Ford
6 October 2008
Three Cups Of Tea
By: Greg Mortenson
Three Cups of Tea is not only a good book, but an amazing story of one man who dedicated his
life to serving others.
This man is Greg Mortenson and he is one of the most generous, kind, and
heart-filled person I have ever read about in my lifetime.
Greg was not a selfish man, for he built a
school for local children to learn at up to the fifth grade, and he built a bridge for the little town of
Financially, Mortenson could execute these tasks alone, but with the help of one specific
sponsor, which I will get to later in the paper, Mortenson was able to complete his tasks.
he had the money, Mortenson still faced many obstacles along his journey to helping a Pakistani
community, along with some family issues also.
Greg Mortenson has always been a compassionate person, being raised in the Tanzanian, the
son of the missionaries there, helping his family bring compassion, generosity, and love for the local
In his adulthood, Mortenson worked as nurse to support himself, but his real passion was
The money he worked for in the U.S. helped pay for his equipment, airfare, and all
of the necessities he would need to complete a climb.
In 1993, Mortenson began to climb the famous
K2 in the Himalayas in which he would dedicate this climb to his sister, Christa, who passed away
from an illness she had had since she was a child. Due to lack of resources and supplies, Greg failed his
attempt of scaling K2 and began to wander in search of somewhere safe to stay.