Bill and Adell “Dollie” Farley experienced hand-to-mouth living in one of JFK's poverty pockets in northern Appalachia during the 1960s, living “from God's hand to their mouths.” As faith missionaries with very little monthly support, the family of four learned how to literally depend upon God for their daily bread, the doctor bills, and the bare necessities of life.
Bill, an engineer for a large manufacturing company, and Dollie, an executive secretary for the same company, spent the first nine years of their married life in relative affluence, enjoying a lovely home and lifestyle in central Illinois. Then God called them to become rural missionaries in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania. For the next three years, the Farley family struggled with Bill’s deteriorating heart condition, learning a new culture, pastoring a country church, and financial hardships. Tucked away in the mountain hamlet during the turbulent sixties, they lived an exciting life, making themselves available to God and watching Him perform miracle after miracle. Each time a new problem sprung up, they answered it with a question: "Okay, God, how are You going to handle this one?"
Dollie wrote weekly letters to their parents back in Illinois detailing God’s amazing provision, sometimes griping about the hardships, and giving her daily perspective of events as they happened. Both Bill’s mother and Dollie’s mother kept all these letters, which were found in their homes when they died.
The letters provided an accurate description of emotions and events, assuring that long-ago memories are true accounts of what actually happened, a weekly journal that Dollie used as the basis to reconstruct a memoir of those three exciting years.
When Bill died following open heart surgery in 1967, God did not abandon the family. Dollie and their three children returned to Illinois, where God later “merged” her family with a well-to-do widower and his four. God blessed the merger with an eighth child, making the Harvey-Farley Gang a “yours, mine, and ours” tribe. Their exploits are chronicled in Dollie’s first humorous book, My Cope Runneth Over (Thos. Nelson Publishers).
The Harvey-Farley gang also answered God’s call to rural America, selling their electrical contracting business and moving to Idaho as missionaries to the Mormons. In 1995 Jack was asked to become General Director of Missionary Gospel Fellowship in Turlock, California, and Dollie tagged along as office manager. When Jack stepped down from his executive position in 2003, the Harveys became public relations directors for the mission. They continue to serve on the leadership team of MGF and as facilitators for the Punjabi and Hispanic ministries in Yuba City, California. Jack and Dolllie are also VBS leaders for the Sierra Butte Baptist Association of thirty churches in northern California. In the midst of ministry, raising eight kids, spoiling sixteen grandkids and six “greats,” Dollie has authored fourteen books.