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Convoy of Hope director to speak at Drury about the organization's inspiration

For Immediate Release: October 12

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Bill Garvin
Theme Year Director
Office: (417) 873-7482

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 12, 2010 — Ron Showers, U.S Outreach Director for Convoy of Hope, will share with Drury students and faculty the driving passion behind the organization on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

Small in its beginnings, Convoy of Hope has grown to serve over 35 million people in more than 100 countries. Convoy's founder, Hal Donaldson, grew up in a home that experienced the effects of poverty first hand. As an adult, Hal felt the call to bring hope to the broken and suffering around the world.

Convoy of Hope has learned lessons from the past that continue to empower reaching out even more in the future. The audience will find out what inspired this organization to become one of the leaders in compassion ministry around the world, and what keeps it focused on the future.

Drury University’s 2010-2011 convocation series The Persistence of Memory, Perspectives on the Past examines history and how it relates to our understanding of the present.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit or contact Theme Year Director Bill Garvin at (417) 873-7482.


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