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Meet Becky Hoffman

Director of Rescue Teams

Becky_2_SistersIt is with exceeding joy that we introduce to you a new teammate, Becky Hoffman. We met Becky when she traveled overseas with us to India on a Journey Trip in 2013. As our new Director of Rescue Teams, Becky will spend her days recruiting and equipping teams of people who will raise awareness and funds for World Orphans. You’re invited to get to know this incredible woman with whom we are honored to serve.

WO: How long have you worked for World Orphans?

BH: Since February 2, 2015.

WO: What are some of the highlights of your role?

BH: The major highlight is recruiting and equipping teams of people who will raise awareness and funds for World Orphans. I believe Rescue Teams will create a ripple effect by getting more people involved in advocating for orphans. It is exciting to empower people to do something they enjoy for a purpose. There is a lot of creativity involved in Rescue Teams.

WO: What was your previous work experience and/or education background?

BH: I have worked and volunteered with and on behalf of children my entire life. I attended Liberty University and received a degree in Integrated Studies in Elementary Education. Before joining the World Orphans staff, I was a first grade teacher for three years.

WO: What would others find surprising about your role?

BH: People are often surprised that the teams I recruit and lead do not travel overseas. Many people initially think that I will be leading short term mission trips. In reality, Rescue Teams are based in the US with the goal of raising awareness and funds for World Orphans and the children in our care. They are an opportunity for people to make a difference while in their own communities.

WO: What countries have you traveled to with World Orphans?

BH: I have traveled with World Orphans to India twice. Apart from World Orphans, I have traveled to the Dominican Republic, Canada, Mexico, and many countries in Western Europe. I love to travel and hope to go to more places with World Orphans soon.

WO: Tell us about your family.

BH: My family consists of my father, mother, older sister, brother-in-law, and younger brother. We are spread across three different states, so I do not get to see them as much as I would like. However, I have great friends and church community around me in New Jersey.

WO: What are some of your favorite hobbies?

BH: I love to bake and am getting better at cooking. Vegan food has become a favorite lately even though I am not vegan. I also enjoy working out, especially lifting weights.

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Welcome Becky with us! Share some encouraging words or a prayer below to bless her as she begins her work as Director of Rescue Teams. 

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Meet Amie Martin

It is with great joy that we introduce to you a new teammate, Amie Martin. As our new Journey Trip Mobilization Director, Amie will work with World Orphans staff, network partners, and in-country contacts to schedule and plan all World Orphans Journey Trips. You’re invited to get to know this incredible woman with whom we are honored to serve. Amie_JourneyWebsite

WO: What are some of the highlights of your role?

AM: Conduct Journey Team discipleship and training sessions for pre-trip, in-field, and post-trip sessions. Cast vision for the Journey Trips, ensuring their fit and support of the overall vision and mission of World Orphans. Develop relationships with campus leaders, mission directors, and other community leaders to promote Trips.

WO: What was your previous work experience and educational background?

AM: Attended Johnson Bible College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Bible and Missions. I also attended Lincoln Memorial University and graduated from their Post Baccalaureate Teacher Program (K-8). I previously worked in the field of Human Resources for an international company for 6.5 years, coordinating benefits, compensation increases, employee relations issues, and community events. I also served as a Product Care Team Coordinator for the warranty division for 2 years. I am also a certified K-8 teacher in the state of Tennessee and taught K-5 grades for 6 years.

WO: What would others find surprising about your role?

AM: I guess what others might find surprising is that I really enjoy organization and administration and how the details play an important role in the scope of the big picture. I love to disciple and encourage others and this role is a great match for the giftings the Lord has given me for all the above mentioned parts of this role.

WO: What countries have you traveled to with World Orphans?

AM: I have traveled to Haiti with World Orphans. I also spent a summer in Ukraine, as well as taken trips to Puerto Rico and Zimbabwe (not with World Orphans).

WO: Tell us about your family.

AM: I am married to James Martin, a wonderful man and father.  We have been married 12 years.  I have three children (Bobby - 20 years old and attending Johnson Bible College to obtain his degree in missions; Mykala -19 years old who is a naturally funny person who makes me laugh at the creativity & uniqueness at the way she views life; and Levi - 17 years old who is a junior in high school.  I have one grandchild, Dawson, who is less than a year old.  

WO: What are some of your favorite hobbies?

AM: I love to hike, spend time with people where I really get to know them and build relationships, and I love to swim.

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Feel free to contact Amie at amie@worldorphans.org if you are interested in traveling internationally with World Orphans on a future Journey Trip!

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Meet The Team - Kate Borders

Name and position with World Orphans. 

Kate Borders, Senior Projects Director.

What attracted you to your current position?

I have totally grown into my position - it’s completely different than what I was doing when I first came on board.

Where do you live and who do you live with?

My husband and I, and our 8 month old daughter, live with my grandmother in her home in Rutherford, NJ (not far from Manhattan).

List three unique experiences in your life.

1. I spent a semester living out of a tent studying in Tanzania.

2. One summer I lived with missionaries in the Middle East.

3. I spent a month backpacking around Europe.

What hobbies do you enjoy?

I love to be outside. Hiking, backpacking, reading, playing the violin, riding my motorcycle and drinking coffee - if that can be a hobby :)

One thing you always have on your person is...?

Chapstick.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

A villa in the wine country of Italy.

Follow Kate on Twitter at: @kateborders.

Read Kate's blog at: www.chrisandkateborders.blogspot.com

"Meet the Team" is a weekly blog series showcasing the people who make up the World Orphans team. Every Thursday morning, grab a cup of coffee and meet another team member who is using their unique talents and gifts to care for orphans and strengthen churches in the U.S. and abroad.

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