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Shayne Moore became a member of the World Vision Speakers Bureau in 2011, but her connection to World Vision goes back to her childhood. Shayne is the author of Global Soccer Mom, an account of how the self-described “ordinary full-time mother of three” from suburban Wheaton, Illinois, became a global activist in the fight against extreme poverty and AIDS.

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Shayne Moore: Author and World Vision partner

Shayne Moore: Author and World Vision partner

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Shayne’s Biography

Shayne Moore became a member of the World Vision Speakers Bureau in 2011, but her connection to World Vision goes back to her childhood. Shayne is the author of Global Soccer Mom, an account of how the self-described “ordinary full-time mother of three” from suburban Wheaton, Illinois, became a global activist in the fight against extreme poverty and AIDS.

Right after graduating from Wheaton College, Shayne went into missionary work. She planted churches in south-central Los Angeles six months after the 1992 riots there, discipled young people, and taught at a neighborhood Christian school. After two years in L.A., she married and moved back to Wheaton to start a family.

While raising her three children — John David, Greta, and Thomas — she fell into what she calls a “suburbia stupor,” doing laundry, buying groceries, driving her kids to soccer games, and doing other ordinary “mom” tasks.

But she awoke from that stupor in 2002 when she heard Bono, the activism-oriented lead singer of U2, give a speech at Wheaton College in which he challenged the audience to take action to combat the AIDS crisis in Africa. Shayne wanted to heed this call to arms but wasn’t sure how. So she reached out to World Vision.

“World Vision was the first place I turned because I knew it, I respected it, and I knew that it was doing good work,” she explains. “World Vision talks about being a bridge to the poorest of the poor, and that really resonated with me.”

With guidance and encouragement from World Vision staff and activists from other organizations, Shayne began talking to groups in the Wheaton area about global poverty and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. She became one of the original members of the ONE Campaign: The Campaign To Make Poverty History. And she traveled to the 2005 G8 Summit in Edinburgh, Scotland, as a ONE delegate to urge world leaders to cancel the multilateral debt of the world’s poorest nations.

Since then, Shayne has traveled to Africa three times, as well as to Honduras and Vietnam, to learn firsthand from people living in extreme poverty. World Vision staff have been with her on several of these trips, serving as models and guides.

“They know how to help you process what you’re seeing,” she explains. Shayne says she’s learned how World Vision helps the poor by bringing clean water, education, and healthcare to impoverished communities. By helping to equip the poor with these basic resources, “you bring dignity to them,” she says.

When she speaks, Shayne asks her listeners to “just start where you are. Start in your own kitchen with your own family, with your own groups of friends. Start with your own church. Engage with what your church is doing, and if you don’t think your church is doing enough, that’s a perfect place to start raising your voice. People are going to listen, especially if you just continue to pipe up about the things that break your heart.”

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