By Kevin Squires | Senior Director of Advocacy

In continuing with our “Meet the Team” blog series, we are introducing you to several people who are in the process of raising support to join the staff of World Orphans.

In December 2011, I led a team to Ethiopia where we served over 500 children throughout the cities of Addis Ababa and Woliso. In the midst of that trip, one of my team members, Nate Livesay, felt the call to be more like Jesus and wondered, “What better way is there to be like Jesus than to serve as part of an organization that wants to rescue orphans, strengthen churches, and impact communities?”

So, Nate took the plunge into mission work and starting this fall will begin serving as a Director of Advocacy for World Orphans. For years, Nate has coached basketball on the high school and college levels, seeking to get the most out of his teams. Now, he will help coach and transition people from short-term mission trips into being long-term advocates for orphaned and vulnerable children. Likewise, he will coach and motivate churches across America into making that next step into caring for the needs of those who cannot care for themselves by forming partnerships with international churches living on the frontlines of some of the darkest places in the world.

We are ecstatic to have Nate join our team!  And with that, we are thrilled to introduce you to him. Here’s a glimpse of the man behind the blog…

Where do you live and do you have a family?

I live in Sumter, South Carolina, with my wife of 12 years, Leandra, and my 7-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, and 5-year-old son, Tyler.

List 3 unique experiences in your life.

1) I was once part of a day trip to Greece that included hopping a fence to explore an ancient archaeological site and then getting lost and eating an "authentic Greek meal" at a McDonalds in Thessoliniki because our translator didn't speak Greek.

2) 2012 will be the first year since 1990 that I won't have been on the bench as a player or coach in a high school or college basketball game.

3) I played in 4 state championship games in high school back in Tennessee. (2 basketball, 2 baseball went 1-1 in both)

What hobbies do you enjoy?

I love to read, watch sports, and be close enough to the ocean to see and hear the waves.

Other than the Bible, what is the best book you have read in the past year?

7: An Experimental Mutiny against Excess by Jen Hatmaker and Lead for God's Sake by Todd Gongwer

Follow Nate on Twitter @natelivesay or his blog at