Marie Boggess, a wife and mother of two young boys living in Minot, North Dakota, wanted to challenge herself to run this summer.  So she contacted Village to Village Intl. and asked if she could run for a purpose.  Marie created a Facebook page called Team Village to Village and began recruiting her friends to join her on this mission.  They looked through the Village to Village Intl. website and selected the Jensen family and began running to raise money for them.  At the end of July they completed their challenge and sent their donations in, moving the Jensen family closer to their goal.  Thank you, Marie and Team Village to Village Intl. for taking the initiative to bless someone you’ve never met.

Marie with her son Kohen

When we notified the Jensen family that this was going on this was their response:
“That is such an unexpected blessing!  Wow, I can’t believe it….have read over this email several times.  shocked 🙂  People always say stuff like this doesn’t really happen to people…that is a massive, massive gift and blessing for complete strangers to give support in this way (especially since i’m noooooooo runner.  that is a huge effort right there, that people are going out of their way. to run.  who does that?!)” – Erika Jensen

Erika and Brad Jensen


The Gettel family began supporting Village to Village Intl. by attending a Detroit Fundraiser.  Corinne Gettel was moved by the mission of Village to Village Intl. and wanted to help spread the word so she set up another fundraiser in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Following that fundraiser, she contacted her sister Erin Gettel, living in Birmingham, Alabama, and they began planning another fundraiser to help Village to Village Intl.  This month, Matt Borst and Toussaint Goudeaux, traveled to Seeds Coffee Co. in Birmingham as representatives of Village to Village Intl.  They were so blessed by Corrine and Erin and were further encouraged that their brother, Graham, had flown in to join the event.  The event was an enormous encouragement to Village to Village Intl. as several individuals became monthly donors, one individual gave a matching grant, and others began planning more fundraising opportunities.  Village to Village Intl. wants to thank the Gettel family, their planning team, and Seeds Coffee Co. for your support.  Thank you for caring for children all over the world!

The team in Birmingham that made it happen.

If you would be interested in hosting an event for Village to Village Intl. please email Matt at matt@villagetovillageintl.com.