At the Heart of It awards distributors who exhibit a passion for serving others. These distributors reach out in acts of service in their local and global communities, building others in cooperation with Foundation 4Life®. Winners of this award are individuals who have taken the real meaning of service into their businesses, their lives, and their hearts.
Service is an important part of life for Gold International Diamonds José Luis and Maria Martínez from the Dominican Republic. Inspired by the examples of Founders David and Bianca Lisonbee, they provide invaluable service in their home country. They have truly taken the motto of Together, Building People® to heart.
José Luis and Maria love to serve. They consider it a gift that brings purpose to their lives. José Luis and Maria make a difference in their community through projects that aim to improve lives, provide educational opportunities, and offer leadership development for high school students. They have truly impacted the lives of many youth by financially supporting academic studies.
“I have great respect for José Luis and Maria,” commented Diamond Armando Trejo. “They are an inspiration. These special souls contribute to the growth and development of their community through their ‘Ministerio Cree-Ser’ foundation and Foundation 4Life. We love them for their service, their commitment, and the model of faith and devotion they provide for others.”
Providing love and service for people in need is a vital part of Cynthia Gerlinger’s life. She has volunteered her time and money at numerous service events throughout the world, with a particular focus on empowering women in India and Africa. Cynthia is a partner of Mumbai Smiles, a training and employment program for women in India. She is a gentle and generous person whose life revolves around helping others and making the world a better place. And, Cynthia inspires others to change their own lives.
“Women play an important role in the transformation of any society,” Cynthia commented. “They can bring about social change in their communities. Although I have a career in communication and marketing, my real life’s purpose is social education. I feel it’s important to get out of my comfort zone and see the real world. Together, we can create better futures for others. I am committed to making my service dreams a reality.”
For some people, doing service is just a one-time thing. For International Diamond Haffi Yenti Salim, service is how she defines her purpose. Because Yenti has been blessed in her life, she feels a great desire to “pay it forward” and share her blessings with others.
Yenti serves people in need out of the goodness of her caring heart. She goes out of her way to donate her money, her time, and her kindness to people throughout Singapore and Southeast Asia. Yenti donates items to orphans in Malaysia and Indonesia, shopping on her own time for supplies that they need, and visiting them on a frequent basis so they can personally feel her love. She sits and talks with destitute street vendors, then buys all they are selling for the day and tells them to go spend time with their family. Yenti truly cares for others and wants them to feel her love through the service she provides.
After understanding the importance of serving others through Foundation 4Life®, Gold International Diamond Oyunmaa Banzragch has spearheaded efforts to reach out in her home country of Mongolia. In fewer than 18 months, Oyunmaa and her team members visited a children’s medical center and donated 4Life® products to the organization, planted trees, donated funds to victims of a natural disaster, raised money for a critically ill boy, and donated school supplies, clothes, and money to many underprivileged families.
“Our lives have changed so much since we started helping people. Having the same goal to help others has united us as a team.”
International Diamond Janice Skeen has made service part of her life. She has a community garden to grow food for local families; she makes personal donations to financially struggling families; and she inspires others to get involved in service. In her travels, Janice always makes time to provide service along the way. One cause very close to her heart is the Children of the Poor orphanage in Cusco, Peru. Janice has helped coordinate several donations to the organization. In 2011, Janice and her 4Life team sponsored the “Tree of Hope” project to make monetary donations to purchase items for the orphanage. Janice delivered the items during her visit in February 2012.
“I believe strongly that we should give back to the world, so I turn my travels into community projects. I believe that heart to heart, we can save these children and our futures.”
“Benito is involved in many different service endeavors throughout the world. He sponsors a women’s cycling team in Portugal, provides service for several children in Nicaragua, and donates to Antennas for Kids in California. For several years, Benito has had a dream to start his own service foundation for children. The success of his 4Life® business has made it possible for Benito to sponsor an orphanage in Africa and begin making his service dreams come true. After seeing conditions there, Benito has pledged to make sure these young children receive everything they need—education, healthy food, love, and 4Life Transfer Factor® products."
"I was deeply affected during the Convention 2007 service project. I realized how much good we can accomplish when we work together. When I returned to Thailand, I immediately started serving children in my community. Make service a part of your 4Life legacy and build people all over the world."
“As I listened to Sister Carmen Veiga and Julissa Vargas from La Casa Rosada during convention 2007, I knew then that I absolutely had to get involved with Foundation 4Life®.
“With Foundation 4Life®, we have the unique opportunity to make an enormous difference together.”