ON A MISSION
DOCUSERIES SHINING A LIGHT ON PEOPLE MAKING THE WORLD BETTER.
Binka and Robin: Love story
A husband and wife left the World Bank, piano concertos, and a swanky DC home to drive 5k miles to Brazil where they built a nonprofit. 'Iracambi' has since saved 1000s of trees, built a college-like campus, and taught students and volunteers frp,m throughout the world about the environment. All that's missing? A movie. Which of course is in the works!
Jimmy Robles: Redemption
Pastor Jimmy Robles went from gangster to street minister to church founder in San Antonio. 'Last Chance Ministries' houses the homeless, feeds the hungry, and teaches boxing to keep kids out of trouble. Then life dealt Robles a crushing blow.
Terry Jodrie: Covidiots
Meeting with my friend of fifteen years, ER doc Terry Jodrie, brought out an important question: do we take those on the front lines for granted? Do Americans assume "they" are always at their beck and call, including the defiantly mask-less? Jodrie said he receives a daily email with the names of health workers who've recently died from COVID-19.
Jennifer Rice: Sanctuary
Jennifer Rice's husband’s sudden death left her penniless and living at the YMCA in NYC as a single mom. Unable to afford healthcare, she moved to Central America with her daughter and the duo built an animal sanctuary," Kids Saving the Rainforest."
Sam Childers: Machine Gun Preacher
Former gang member Sam Childers told me he walked away from his m/c after a night where, "people got shot and stabbed." A short while later the Pennsylvania native was on a mission to Africa where he still lives. His organization feeds 1000's of children and has built six orphanages. I covered his story previously for a Washington Post ABC affiliate.
Wayne Weightman: Trafficked
Immigration lawyer Wayne Weightman and his Cambodian wife adopted four children through their non-profit work near their home in Phnom Penh. The hard-working family had their lives shattered when their teen daughter was kidnapped by sex traffickers and smuggled into Cambodia. Weightman had exhausted his options before finally calling on a well-known childhood friend from Hawaii. Within 48 hours of that call, a covert ops group had rescued their daughter. Weightman also spoke with a human trafficking expert, Chuck Paul, a lawman hired by a Texas governor to fight child sex trafficking. Weightman is now interested in becoming part of Paul's mission: educating others to fight sex trafficking and to provide safe flight and safe haven for those caught in its grips.