My Father’s Gift

Born into a poor West African family in the disease-stricken town of Fontem, John N. Atabong embarked into the unknown in search of hope. He was eleven, but he triumphed against all odds to give his children the best care and education available. Eventually, he sacrificed his most valuable possession, his son Sixtus, sending him to study in the United States with nothing more than lessons learned from his days working the farms and his father’s basic biblical teachings. Sixtus Atabong’s journey of temptations and challenges in the US gives rise to a mission: to give back. He uses his gift to extend God’s healing hands and unfailing love to the far corners of the earth through sustainable health care infrastructures. Fulfilling his father’s dream, Sixtus hopes that he too can leave the world a better place than he found it.

"Sixtus takes you on a heartfelt journey filled with love, heartache, adventure, failure, triumph, joy, and ultimately complete fulfillment by living his God-Given Purpose. He is the embodiment of 'being the change you want to see'. This book will inspire you to love more, live more and serve more. It's a must-read for all PAs."

Linda C. Delaney, MPAS, PA-C Past President Texas Academy of PAs Past Director At Large of the American Academy of PAs

2018-06-07T21:51:13+00:00

Linda C. Delaney, MPAS, PA-C Past President Texas Academy of PAs Past Director At Large of the American Academy of PAs

"Sixtus takes you on a heartfelt journey filled with love, heartache, adventure, failure, triumph, joy, and ultimately complete fulfillment by living his God-Given Purpose. He is the embodiment of 'being the change you want to see'. This book will inspire you to love more, live more and serve more. It's a must-read for all PAs."
"There’s nothing more fulfilling and encouraging than learning about the obstacles that Sixtus overcame to achieve not only his dreams, but his father’s dreams! This is one of the most inspiring and fulfilling books offering an abundance of wisdom and inspiration!"

Hana Qubti, Purpose Medical Mission volunteer

2018-06-07T15:55:08+00:00

Hana Qubti, Purpose Medical Mission volunteer

"There’s nothing more fulfilling and encouraging than learning about the obstacles that Sixtus overcame to achieve not only his dreams, but his father’s dreams! This is one of the most inspiring and fulfilling books offering an abundance of wisdom and inspiration!"
“As the world becomes smaller, stories like Sixtus’ remind us of the awesome opportunities and responsibilities that come with the ever-shrinking world. Read this and be moved. You will be a better person ready to do great things for God.”

Mark Lanier, lawyer and author of Christianity on Trial and Psalms for Living.

2018-05-22T19:25:31+00:00

Mark Lanier, lawyer and author of Christianity on Trial and Psalms for Living.

“As the world becomes smaller, stories like Sixtus’ remind us of the awesome opportunities and responsibilities that come with the ever-shrinking world. Read this and be moved. You will be a better person ready to do great things for God.”
"What a story. Compelling. I am not much of a reader, but this book grabbed me like few others."

Edward C. Benzel, MD, Emeritus Chairman of Neurosurgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation

2018-05-22T19:26:02+00:00

Edward C. Benzel, MD, Emeritus Chairman of Neurosurgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation

"What a story. Compelling. I am not much of a reader, but this book grabbed me like few others."
“Meeting Sixtus in person is a testament to recognizing the definition of 'force of will'. Reading his personal and family history allows all of us the opportunity to recognize the origins of that force; the sacrifice and faith that have allowed him to become an inspiration to so many in west Texas and around the world. In a time of division, his human warmth and accomplishments on page after page are beyond inspiring! Read this, feel how it stirs your soul, and challenge yourself to help others in this way!”

Bryan Mudd, News Anchor, KAMC-TV, Lubbock Texas

2018-06-07T15:54:34+00:00

Bryan Mudd, News Anchor, KAMC-TV, Lubbock Texas

“Meeting Sixtus in person is a testament to recognizing the definition of 'force of will'. Reading his personal and family history allows all of us the opportunity to recognize the origins of that force; the sacrifice and faith that have allowed him to become an inspiration to so many in west Texas and around the world. In a time of division, his human warmth and accomplishments on page after page are beyond inspiring! Read this, feel how it stirs your soul, and challenge yourself to help others in this way!”
“From Cameroon to Lubbock, Sixtus Atabong "Dreamed No Little Dreams” and made them come true through hard work and perseverance. Now, through his work as a physician assistant and as the founder of Purpose Medical Mission, Atabong is paying it forward in West Texas and across the world. What an amazing life.”

Kent Hance, Former Chancellor Texas Tech University System, Former U.S Representative Texas 19th District

2018-08-22T15:51:32+00:00

Kent Hance, Former Chancellor Texas Tech University System, Former U.S Representative Texas 19th District

“From Cameroon to Lubbock, Sixtus Atabong "Dreamed No Little Dreams” and made them come true through hard work and perseverance. Now, through his work as a physician assistant and as the founder of Purpose Medical Mission, Atabong is paying it forward in West Texas and across the world. What an amazing life.”
"My Father's Gift is a story of faith and passion.  Moving.  Sixtus' story inspires all to serve."

Dan Pope, Mayor of Lubbock

2018-08-22T15:48:57+00:00

Dan Pope, Mayor of Lubbock

"My Father's Gift is a story of faith and passion.  Moving.  Sixtus' story inspires all to serve."
“A story that brought joy to my heart! An adventure that continues. An inspiration.”

Clarke E. Cochran, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Texas Tech University. Author of Religion in Public and Private Life.

2018-05-22T19:26:25+00:00

Clarke E. Cochran, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Texas Tech University. Author of Religion in Public and Private Life.

“A story that brought joy to my heart! An adventure that continues. An inspiration.”
"Sixtus is a man of purpose and conviction who loves God and has a passion for serving others.  He is a dear friend and someone who inspires me to be more and do more to make the world a better place."

Jodey Arrington, United States Congressman, 19th District of Texas

2018-08-22T15:52:52+00:00

Jodey Arrington, United States Congressman, 19th District of Texas

"Sixtus is a man of purpose and conviction who loves God and has a passion for serving others.  He is a dear friend and someone who inspires me to be more and do more to make the world a better place."
"Sixtus’ intricate story will uplift and edify any reader with a rewarding experience. A brilliant and fantastic piece of work for all to read and discover how the affluence of family can be a life changer for self and others.”

Margaret Mbehesa PhD, Special Education Consultant

2018-08-22T15:54:50+00:00

Margaret Mbehesa PhD, Special Education Consultant

"Sixtus’ intricate story will uplift and edify any reader with a rewarding experience. A brilliant and fantastic piece of work for all to read and discover how the affluence of family can be a life changer for self and others.”
“This is an important book and deserves to be read and shared and gifted. Mr. Atabong, and his father through him tell the story of how the blessing of the Father is the seed that bears much fruit..."

Tom Stanton, Vice President and General Counsel-Texas Methodist Foundation, Director Congo Project For Relief

2018-08-22T15:57:39+00:00

Tom Stanton, Vice President and General Counsel-Texas Methodist Foundation, Director Congo Project For Relief

“This is an important book and deserves to be read and shared and gifted. Mr. Atabong, and his father through him tell the story of how the blessing of the Father is the seed that bears much fruit..."

Look Inside

I’m Sixtus Z. Atabong, born and raised in a small farming village in Muyuka Sub-division, Cameroon, West Africa. After my father sent me to study in the United States, I made it my mission is to fulfill his dream of leaving the world a better place than I found it by using my gift to extend God’s healing hands and unfailing love to the far corners of the earth through sustainable health care infrastructures. Learn more in my book “My Father’s Gift: How One Man’s Purpose Became a Journey of Hope and Healing.”