Life, Hope, and a Future

Columbia-Willamette Women of Vision invites you to join us!

2021 Fall Kick-Off with Ray Norman

Saturday, October 2nd | 9:30 a.m.

Location: Your choice

In-person at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church or Zoom

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Two options: Lake Grove Presbyterian Church and Zoom


10/02/21 9:30am - 10/02/21 11:30am US/Pacific
The in-person gathering will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Lake Grove. The program will begin at 10 a.m. and aim to end by 11:15 a.m.
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Jump into a new year with Women of Vision! We hope you'll join us for another year of learning and transformation, both for our own lives and thousands of children who will discover life in all its fullness.

Our theme this year is LIFE, HOPE, AND A FUTURE. World Vision's work, everything they do in each sector of operations, is focused to bring life, hope, and a future to every child. We are privileged to be part of World Vision's mission and, indeed, God's plan to end extreme poverty.

At our Kick-Off on October 2nd, we welcome back special guest speaker, Ray Norman. Many of you will remember his harrowing story.

Ray was raised in rural West Africa, the son of medical missionaries. After years of work in Africa and the Middle East, he joined World Vision as the national director in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. There, his family made headlines: he and his daughter survived an attempt on their lives, then stunned the country by forgiving their assailant and continuing to serve in Mauritania. He details that journey in his book, Dangerous Love: A True Story of Tragedy, Faith, and Forgiveness in the Muslim World.

Recently, Ray served as World Vision’s WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) Director of Faith Leadership. In this role he was responsible for developing a practical framework for World Vision’s water programs in multi-faith contexts, where social, cultural, and religious dynamics can differ widely. In 2019, he was appointed to his current role as the WASH Global Sector Lead for World Vision International. 

Ray Norman today (right) and with his family in Mauritania in 2001

During his time with us, Ray will weave themes of LIFE, WATER, and TRANSFORMATION using the stories of children and communities World Vision serves. He speaks from his perspective as a global expert on WASH and one who has served the Lord in transformational development for many decades. It will be powerful.

We plan to meet in person on October 2nd for everyone comfortable to do so. For others, we're offering a simultaneous Zoom option. Please let us know which you choose by responding with the form above.

We hope you will join us! Women only please. And please invite friends by clicking the "Share This Email" button immediately below. Fill in your friend's email and add your personal note. (If you simply forward this invitation, your friend's response will not be recorded or will be recorded as if it's you replying for yourself.)

Important Details:

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Lake Grove Presbyterian Church at 4040 Sunset Drive, Lake Oswego

or Zoom (the link will be sent to those who reply the week ahead)

9:30 a.m. to 11:15/11:30 a.m. Pacific

Program begins at 10:00 a.m.

For those attending in person, coffee and a light brunch will be served. We'll enjoy social time from 9:30 to 10. The program will end by 11:15, but you're welcome to continue visiting with friends following the program.

Our Zoom attendees may log in at 9:30 and visit with one another (bring your own coffee!) until the program begins at 10. After the program ends at 11:15, you are also welcome to visit with one another until the Zoom session ends at 11:30.

About Us

Women of Vision is a volunteer ministry of World Vision that cultivates dynamic partnerships resulting in significant investments of time, talent, and treasure in support of World Vision’s work, facilitating transformational impact in the lives of the poor and our supporters in the name of Christ.

The Columbia-Willamette Chapter of Women of Vision supports World Vision's work in Kenya, Honduras, and the Syrian impact area. We also volunteer at many local organizations to help the disadvantaged in our own community. Please read about this work on our website.

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

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