Mary Jo Copeland is the mother of 12 children who started Caring & Sharing Hands, a loving and compassionate place which enables over 20,000 less fortunate individuals to receive meals, housing, and love from caring volunteers each month. Michelle Hinck wrote about Mary Jo’s remarkable journey from a very difficult childhood to a life of service to others in a recently released book, Great Love: The Mary Jo Copeland Story.
This interview begins with a conversation with Mary Jo Copeland who describes how her strong faith and prayer life have motivated her to devote herself to a life of helping others. Her outstanding work was recently acknowledged by President Obama, who presented Mary Jo with the Presidential Citizen’s Medal earlier this year. Mary Jo’s greatest hope for her book is that people will be inspired to share their time with others and respond to whatever God is calling them to do.
Author Michelle Peterson Hinck then describes how she came to know Mary Jo after volunteering at Sharing & Caring Hands many years ago. She shares inspiring stories about a couple of the countless number of people who have experienced the healing presence of Mary Jo and the other volunteers there.
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