When asked about their 12 sponsorships and long history of volunteering, Brad and Anne Jacoby are very humble. Brad was hesitant to share their story here, but he was willing to do so if it would inspire others to sponsor.
Brad and Anne run a busy ophthalmology clinic in Covington, Georgia. They also run a busy household of five children, including three children adopted from Guatemala. And, their family sponsors 12 students with Common Hope. Somehow, they also find the time and energy to travel to Guatemala to screen and treat eye patients in San Rafael.
The group had a very full schedule of patients on their recent trip. Their first day they saw 38 patients for surgical consults and referrals, eye glasses, and eye irritation. The next day, they focused on the smallest children at the San Rafael school. They brought reading glasses down to be fitted—though for specialized glasses, Brad goes the extra mile of bringing the prescriptions back to the States to make the glasses and then sends them back down to be distributed to patients.
The Jacobys learned about Common Hope through our partner, Hands of Hope clinic in San Rafael. The family started volunteering with the clinic when they traveled to Guatemala for their first adoption, and they have continued ever since.
After learning about Common Hope, they have become enthusiastic supporters, introducing friends and family members to the sponsorship program. Says Anne, “I think a lot of people would like to sponsor but don’t know where to begin or where to get involved. Sometimes people don’t know how to discern an organization that will be efficient with their funds, but I know Common Hope will be.”
The Jacobys traveled with the Marks family on this trip, and Kevin Marks says he was inspired by them to sponsor a student. He hopes to sponsor another child once his own children finish school.
We are very grateful for the generous hearts of the Jacoby family and their friends. Thank you for all you do!
Thanks to Glenn Jacoby for sharing many of the following photos.