"Live Simply so others can Simply Live"
Village to Village began because of several trips to Guatemala. After realizing that we could adopt villages and provide sustainable resources, we felt like it would be the perfect opportunity to build relationships long term and help communities become self sufficient.
On one of our first trips to Guatemala, Heidi's mentor challenged her to pray about beginning her own nonprofit. After months of prayer and talking with possible board members, we began Village to Village in May of 2016.
Other than Guatemala, all of our countries have local connections. People that serve on our board or with us in ministry have connected us to the places where we serve. A few years into ministry, we realized that we needed something local and that is where working with the local refugee community began. We feel like this is very similar to what we do internationally.
WHERE WE SERVE
Our first trip to Guatemala was in 2013. Ever since then, we have been able to return to Guatemala twice a year. Our goal remains the same while our mission expands. This is what we have been able to accomplish in the past 7 years in Guatemala:
Adopt 2 villages
TOMS shoe drop
Distribute handmade dresses to children
Dedicate 3 clean water wells
Multiple feedings at the dump
Plant trees in the villages
Build a church
2 medical missions
Cover the cost for 2 operations and multiple Dr. visits
Water filtration systems
Facts about Guatemala:
*More than half of Guatemala’s people live below the national poverty line, 15% in extreme poverty, and the country ranks 13th in the world for its level of income inequality.
*The country struggles with high illiteracy rates and low school attendance beyond the 6th grade.
We have taken a couple of planning trips to Moldova in order to prepare to bring a team over. These are a few of the projects we have done in Moldova:
Train preschool and after school staff
Train foster parents and volunteers to work with street children
Help with a feeding program and transitional home
Fix some things at the school in the village in order for them to pass inspection and stay open by the government
(build a playground, sidewalk, indoor bathrooms, etc.)
Host a camp for children in Carbuna once a year
Adopted a foster family and are sponsoring the children
Facts about Moldova:
*It is the poorest country in Europe with a per capita GDP of just $5,327.
*It is the least visited country in Europe.
*The richest people in Moldova are those who are trafficking women and children.
Click the link below to read about one of Moldova’s biggest issues
We have traveled to Paraguay twice and are planning our third trip to begin local libraries for children and literacy training.
Facts about Paraguay:
*More than 30% of the population in Paraguay lives in poverty and it ranks near the bottom among South American countries in reducing poverty over the last decade.
We have taken one trip to Africa but are focusing on working with an organization that cares for orphans. We are sponsoring their children and helping restock their fish ponds.
Facts about Africa:
*Africa is the continent with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty calculated at 383 million people.
MEET OUR BOARD
I was born in Florida and raised in a pastor’s home, learning young about the work of those called to be Christ-followers at home and abroad. I have been married for over 30 years to a precious man that supports the dreams God has placed in my heart. I have two children, Alex and Gentry. Alex and his wife Hayley currently reside in Sweden for work while Gentry, her husband Blake, and son Peyton are down in Lynchburg. I have been blessed to work at Harrisonburg Nazarene Church for over 15 years starting with their after-school/pre-school program then moving on to youth and now with missions local and international. I believe God has allowed us to have so we can give to those that do not.
My wife Angela and I have been Valley residents since 2001. We have two elementary-aged children who keep us very busy. I am currently employed in the property management field but spent the previous 15 years in the non-profit world in a variety of roles. While I have been blessed in my new career field I have missed the opportunities my previous positions afforded me to make a difference in the lives of our most disadvantaged populations. My wife went on a trip to Guatemala in 2015 and was greatly affected. As a result of her passion infecting me I came onto the Village to Village board where I am able to use my past experience to help Village to Village meet our goals. It has been very rewarding to see VTV grow and provide so much to our local and global communities. I am excited to see what the future holds for Village to Village and am glad that I can be apart of it.
I grew up in this area and received my Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Virginia Tech. After college, I joined the Peace Corps and served for two years in Paraguay as a Crop Extension Volunteer. I lived in a small rural community while I worked closely with families to find sustainable solutions to improve their overall quality of life. My experience as a volunteer changed my life and led me to become a teacher. I taught English to kids in my Paraguayan community and loved it so much that when I finished my service, I took classes while I worked to earn a teaching certificate. I also met and married a Paraguayan at the end of my service and we now have two children, Makayla and Lucas. I started teaching Spanish at Spotswood High School in 2006 and I love it! I am looking forward to finding new ways to serve my local community and communities abroad through Village to Village.
I was born in Russia I moved to the United States when I was 8. I am married to a wonderful man named Eddy for 15 years. God has blessed us with two precious children. Our son Max and our daughter Mia. I am thankful that God has allowed my family to be part of His work. That God has placed this passion on my heart.
MEET OUR STAFF
I was born and raised in the valley but currently live in Lynchburg with my husband and son, Peyton. Our goal is to move back to the area in the next couple of years to be closer to family. I graduated from Liberty University in 2016 with my bachelor's in Exercise Science. I am currently the Manager and Head Personal Trainer for a local fitness gym. My passion for fitness came from my college cheerleading career, but my passion for missions came from my mother whom I grew up watching serve others around the world. My first international missions trip was to Guatemala in 2013 and ever since, my heart has been on fire for missions. I spent a summer in Guatemala in 2014 and have been traveling around the world multiple times a year since. It has been a goal for my little family to learn how to live simply so that others can simply live. God has blessed us through the years and we are so grateful to be able to bless others!
My husband Steve and I have been in the valley since 2004. We have an elementary-age daughter that we are very involved in staying active with. I am currently employed in the training field at James Madison University where I have been for the past 13 years. I began learning about Village to Village at their Hope4Villages Consignment event and I fell in love with their mission of helping others become self-sufficient. God has blessed me with the desire to serve and I’m a very active member of our church, my daughter's school, and as a board member of Village to Village. It is an honor to serve with this board to help people locally and abroad by living simply so others can simply live.