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23 hours ago

Marilee Pierce Dunker

Celebrating the Memory of a New Beginning!

On January 2, 2001, I officially came on staff with World Vision as the co-director of Women of Vision (WOV). I praise God for the new beginning that day represented in my life! And I want to thank all the amazing women of WOV who helped me rediscover the ministry of World Vision today through their hearts of compassion, generous spirits and courageous advocacy for the poor!

I especially want to thank Penny Wood (in the red), the director of WOV who hired me. Judy Winkle (next to me) and Jeanie Ralphs (in the black), are the "women of vision" who rounded out our small office staff and helped me to "learn the ropes". But WOV was just the beginning of my adventures and in 2001 I became an international ambassador for World Vision. Since then I have traveled to nearly 40 countries and experienced things I could never have imagined!

As I begin my last year on staff with WV, I feel led to celebrate the incredible journey I have been on by going through the photos and journals I have from the trips I have taken. I want to tell the stories and share the things God has taught me through the lives of the amazing people I have met. I know that many of those people read my postings, so don't be surprised if you see yourself in a picture or two!

For this purpose, I will be establishing a new blog named "In My Father's Footsteps" which I hope to launch on the 1st of February. At this time I am not sure if I will simply redesign this Facebook page or use a different application. I have lots of photographs and the pictures tell the stories, so I will look for the best way to display them. Either way, you will be able to access my reflections from this page. So check back in a couple of weeks!

Many blessings!
Marilee Dunker
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The Dunkers had a wonderful "Handmade Christmas" with presents made with love! Addison, our 10-year-old granddaughter, gave us all a hand-painted letter representing either our first name or "Mom", "Dad". "Papa" or "Nena". (That's me!)

Stacey gave us a montage of wonderful family photos in a frame, our son-in-law, Vinnie, made us his fabulous pickles, and I made Stacey and Michelle, hand-made ornaments with family photos on them. I knitted our granddaughter, Alexia, a throw shawl and our grandson, Vinnie, received a framed photograph of my dad with Franklin Graham in Indonesia. Franklin was 22, the same age as Vinnie, and he signed the photo.

Giving and receiving presents that were made with love brought back the spirit of Christmas in a special way for us all!
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MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!

I PRAY THAT YOUR CHRISTMAS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS IS FILLED WITH THE JOY, PEACE, HOPE AND LOVE THAT ARE REPRESENTED BY THE PRECIOUS BABY WHOSE BIRTHDAY WE CELEBRATE.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESUS!

The Dunker Family: Our daughter, Michelle and her husband, Adam. Grandchildren: Karlee (girlfriend) and Vinnie(21), Addison (10) and Lexi (19). Our daughter Stacey and her husband, Vincent. Me and Bob.
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2 months ago

Marilee Pierce Dunker

A FUN BLAST FROM THE PAST!
I have been going through some old boxes in a frantic attempt to "get organized" before the New Year. To my surprise (and horror. I thought I had all my Dad's important photos organized.) I came across a pile of black and white photographs. They are from all over the world and there was even a few with me in them from my only trip with my Dad trip to the Orient in 1965.

But this promotional shot from "The Flame", my father's one attempt to produce a dramatic motion picture with Hollywood actors, caught my eye. Can you name the actor in the picture?

Hint: He would later marry a younger woman who would become far more famous than he was!

Answer: John Derik. HIs wife was Bo Derik. And yes, that is my Dad looking on with a very thoughtful expression.
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