Visionary Profile:  Lyné Brown and Pat Williams

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 4, 2018 1:19:09 PM / by Margot Starbuck posted in Personal Narrative, NLC, Visionaries

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Lyné and Pat are members of World Vision's National Leadership Council. This is their story.

When Lyné Brown and her husband Pat Williams joined high school students from their California church, on a mission trip to a Navajo reservation in Black Mesa Arizona, God used the opportunity to draw the couple into His love for the world. Pat and Lyné prepared their hearts for the trip by reading Rich Stearns’ The Hole in Our Gospel.

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Visionary Profile:  April and Kevin Sproles

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 4, 2018 12:42:46 PM / by Margot Starbuck posted in Personal Narrative, NLC, Visionaries

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April and Kevin are members of World Vision's National Leadership Council. This is their story.

April and Kevin Sproles, now raising two preschool-aged daughters, were just twenty-five and twenty-six years old when they traveled with World Vision to Ethiopia for a Vision Trip in 2008. But God had been preparing their hearts—since long before they met each other!—to impact a world in need.

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Visionary Profile: Jen and Eric Wolford

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 23, 2018 9:01:06 PM / by Margot Starbuck posted in WV, Personal Narrative, NLC, Visionaries

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Jen and Eric Wolford are members of World Vision's National Leadership Council. This is their story.

When Eric was growing up in Northern California, his family sponsored a refugee family from Laos, with whom the Wolfords shared meals, holidays, and back-to-school shopping. In Louisiana, his future bride was being raised by educators who worked to make sure all the schools in their town were strong, not just those in their neighborhood.

These early experiences were deeply formative for both Eric and Jen.

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Visionary Profile: Sandy and Bob Hoover

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 23, 2018 8:23:21 PM / by Margot Starbuck posted in Economic Empowerment, WV, Personal Narrative, NLC, Visionaries

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Sandy and Bob Hoover are members of World Vision's National Leadership Council. This is their story.

“So what do you want to do now that Bob has retired?”

Bob and Sandy Hoover were meeting with their financial advisor, National Leadership Council member David Hillard, when he surprised Sandy with this question.

Without hesitating, Sandy answered, “I want to go to Africa.”

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Visionary Profile: Beth and Dennis Weibling

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 23, 2018 7:56:07 PM / by Margot Starbuck posted in WV, Personal Narrative, NLC, Visionaries

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Beth and Dennis Weibling are members of World Vision's National Leadership Council. This is their story.

Beth Weibling recalls, “When I was in high school I watched my mom, who was an RN, get up at the crack of dawn and drive to one of the worst areas outside of Philadelphia, where she’d give out methadone to the heroin addicts living in the community.” Many of these individuals, Beth’s mother explained to her, were then able to go to work and lead a productive life.

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Visionary Profile: Gail Flander Jones and Olin Jones

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 23, 2018 7:25:18 PM / by Margot Starbuck posted in WV, Personal Narrative, NLC, Visionaries

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Gail and Olin are members of World Vision's National Leadership Council. This is their story.

Gail Flander Jones was the oldest of seven siblings when her father left the family’s home. As the oldest child in a family that depended on welfare, Gail encountered many well-meaning helping professionals. Unfortunately, she reports, those who were Christians often seemed to care more about her beliefs than her pain.

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Isaiah's Story

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 13, 2018 8:10:38 AM / by Isaiah LaCombe posted in Water, Personal Narrative, NLC, Visionaries, Family

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Isaiah is the son of Adele and Kevin LaCombe, members of World Vision's National Leadership Council. This is his story.

I am Isaiah LaCombe.

I'm a fourteen-year-old, which means I'm a part of generation Z, and I live in the great state of Washington. Lots of people say where they live is the best place on earth, but when I say it I mean it. Washington isn't great because of the landmarks, or the culture, or even the amazing views. Sure, those things don't hurt, but what truly makes Washington so great is that life never gets all that tough. That's not to say there aren’t people here who struggle, because there are. But no matter who you are, living here never gets too tough.

Because I live in such a great place I’ve never truly understood what it means to be the poorest of the poor.

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Visionary Profile: Robin and Stu Phillips

[fa icon="calendar'] May 29, 2018 9:13:45 PM / by Margot Starbuck posted in Economic Empowerment, Personal Narrative, NLC, Visionaries

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Robin and Stu Phillips are members of World Vision's National Leadership Council. This is their story.

Although she was raised in a family that did not have an active faith, God was faithful to meet Robin Phillips. When she was eleven, Robin’s heart was gripped by two questions, “Who am I?” and “Why was I born?” The search led her directly to Jesus. Reading Jesus’ words, in a “red letter” edition of the Bible, convinced Robin that she was to help the poor and vulnerable.

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Visionary Profile: Julie Razwick

[fa icon="calendar'] May 29, 2018 8:13:57 PM / by Margot Starbuck posted in Personal Narrative, NLC, Visionaries

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Julie Razwick is a member of World Vision's National Leadership Council. This is her story.

When World Vision would visit Julie Razwick’s church in Redmond, Washington, inviting church members to partner in the ministry through child sponsorship, she couldn’t resist sponsoring a new child each time.

Though she blamed it on their cute faces, God was planting seeds in Julie’s heart, one child at a time.

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Visionary Profile: Lila and John Trull

[fa icon="calendar'] May 29, 2018 7:46:50 PM / by Margot Starbuck posted in Water, WV, Personal Narrative, NLC, Visionaries

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Lila and John Trull are members of World Vision's National Leadership Council. This is their story.

In 1999 Lila and John Trull, parents of three daughters, visited a Mexican orphanage with their church to relieve staff members in desperate need of a vacation. There a little boy named Fernando captured Lila’s heart. When they returned to the orphanage in 2002, the couple discovered that although they’d been praying for Fernando to be reunited with his family, he was still living in the orphanage. When the Trulls left Mexico, Lila told John that it would be too difficult to return unless it was to invite Fernando to become a part of their family. That very night, Lila was awakened by God’s voice saying, “Through love all things are possible.” Eight months later Fernando joined the Trull family.

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