The first of seven children to ever go to college, Jim obtained a MA Degree in Science Education from Truman University in Missouri in 1969. A Vietnam Vet, Jim taught science in Wyoming and Montana for over 30 years. After several mission trips to Brazil, Jim’s youngest son urged them to visit Africa. In 2011, Jim and his wife went to Africa and volunteered at New Hope Center for Children and Handicapped. They immediately fell in love with the children and it has become a passion of theirs ever since.