Jacob is an avid traveler and adventurer and never shies away from challenging endeavors especially one which the Lord has inspired him to undertake.
Throughout Jacob’s life, the Lord has continued to move his heart through multiple mission trips to Haiti, Jamaica, Africa and Peru.
It’s these trips and growth in faith that compelled Jacob to start Vera Aqua Vera Vita. His biggest hope is to inspire and motivate others to be a part of the life-giving and life-saving work of bringing clean water to men, women and children struggling daily to survive in developing countries around the world.
Jacob believes that together we can bring True Water, True Life to thousands of brothers and sisters in need around the world!
Alberto was born in Lima, Peru, the first of three children, and he moved from one Air Force Base to another multiple times since his father was a pilot in the Peruvian Air Force.
One of those moves was during his father’s assignment as an exchange officer to Randolph AFB in San Antonio, Texas. This experience became pivotal in his future life. He learned English and became immersed in the American culture which allowed him to easily adapt when he came back to the United States after graduating from Medical School in Peru.
He has a 20-year-old son in nursing school at Benedictine College in Kansas.
As a doctor, his work has been mostly in emergency room departments in multiple states throughout the U.S., along with yearly mission trips to Peru.
Getting involved with Vera Aqua Vera Vita’s project in Piura allowed Alberto to give more broad assistance than just focusing on medical problems and assistance. Most importantly, Alberto made a long-term commitment to a community which was good for him and also the residents. It also provided an opportunity for Alberto to develop friendships and work on projects that provide clean water, a scarce and vital resource in that region.
Alberto’s parents still live in Lima and he sees them often during his trips. He currently resides in Kansas City, Kansas.
Sharon comes to Vera Aqua Vera Vita because of her commitment to the Christian principles of helping others as Christ has asked us to do. Because her background has been covering social issues as a journalist, she wants to continue to work as a communicator to educate, inform and motivate others to act as instruments of faith for those in need.
Sharon has been a journalist for more than 25 years in the newspaper industry where has worked as a managing editor, general assignment reporter and photojournalist in Indiana, Missouri, Mississippi and Georgia. She now is the Assistant Regional Director for Region 3 for the Society of Professional Journalists for more than a decade. She is also a freelance journalist and communications specialist for her company Dunten Media Services LLC.
Sharon has worked as a recovery volunteer (and working journalist) after Hurricane Katrina both in Mississippi and New Orleans. She is a volunteer for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and is certified as an emergency response team member. She hopes to travel to Peru with Vera Aqua Vera Vita in the future to write and photograph about their mission and the people they serve.
Sharon has two adult children and three grandchildren spread throughout the country and has been married to her husband Dale for 35 years. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia.