World Changer Profile: Sandy and Bob Hoover

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

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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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World Changer Profile: Beth and Dennis Weibling

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

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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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World Changer Profile: Gail Flander Jones and Olin Jones

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

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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, WV, NLC, World Changers, Family, Personal Narrative

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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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World Changer Profile: Robin and Stu Phillips

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

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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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World Changer Profile: Julie Razwick

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

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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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World Changer Profile: Lila and John Trull

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

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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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World Changer Profile: Sandy and Jeff Grubb

[fa icon="calendar'] May 29, 2018 7:25:32 PM / by Margot Starbuck posted in WV, NLC, World Changers

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

Over twenty years ago, as a married father of three living in Portland, Jeff Grubb was volunteering locally, but had an itch to get involved on a larger scale. When he contacted a friend at World Vision, he confessed, “Since I’m just a business person, I really don’t have skills to help the poor. But I’d like to become involved internationally.”

That phone call began a journey for the Grubb family that continues today.

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World Changer Profile: Sherrie Woodring

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 26, 2018 11:30:51 PM / by Margot Starbuck posted in WV, NLC, World Changers

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Sherrie Woodring is a member of World Vision's National Leadership Council. This is her story.

After a robust twenty-six year career in the IT industry, Sherrie Woodring was exhausted from the demands of corporate America. Then, when her mother, Leila, suffered a severe stroke requiring full-time care, she moved in with Sherrie. Though the new journey was radically different than what Sherrie had accomplished professionally, the two discovered an unexpected satisfaction in their new life together.

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World Changer Profile: Mary and Vic Jury

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 14, 2018 5:49:49 PM / by Margot Starbuck posted in WV, NLC, World Changers

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Mary and Vic Jury are members of World Vision's National Leadership Council. This is their story.

“What would you do if someone gave you one million dollars?”

That’s the question that Mary Jury’s first-grade teacher posed to a classroom of six-year-olds. Mary’s hand shot up, and when the teacher called on her, she explained, “I’d hire a plane, fill it with food, and feed the poor.”

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