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Joe Barnes, Producer

My name is Joe Barnes. I’m 31 years old and I grew up in Harrisonburg, Virginia before moving to Gainesville, Georgia to begin working with Adventures in Missions as a Video Producer. When I went on the World Race in 2015, the Lord led me on a journey of discovering things about my life and passions that have completely changed my life. While on the World Race, the Lord stirred a passion for creative storytelling and video production within me. I began to see the power and influence that a story can have in someone’s life. I believe even a simple, well-told story can change the way we see people around the world.

 
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Tiara Menjivar, Director | Editor

Hello. My name is Tiara Menjivar and I’m from Los Angeles, CA. In August, 2016, I set off for 11 months on the World Race, a journey that opened up the world of storytelling and creativity for me. As I continue to learn the power of story, I believe I have a responsibility, a calling as a creative, to take this craft and make a difference for people who have no voice… and this is not the time to stay silent. In the midst of this heavy crisis, I’m eager for this opportunity to create something important, empower people, stir imagination, and instill hope.

 
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Caleb Pauls, Director | Editor

I am Caleb Pauls. I became a film enthusiast during my time on the World Race. I have a background in politics, government and making coffee. I love the way visual storytelling gives the audience the ability to live in another persons' shoes, if only for a day. While in school I studied political theory and how the built environment and political policies can affect individuals and the collective group. I am excited to be a part of this project because it merges my two passions: historical humanitarian crisis and visual storytelling. I am excited to a part of this endeavor, to stretch my abilities for a story worth telling.

 
 
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Sam Mann, Director of Photography

My name is Sam Mann from Abilene, Texas. When I was young, I knew I had a talent for film and photography, but it wasn’t until later in my life that I realized how much deeper it went than just a talent. Throughout my life, I’ve been drawn more and more to this passion and the beauty of capturing the moment that impacts another. I want to use the passions that God has placed in my heart to make a difference in this world. I want to risk for the sake of something greater. For the sake of change. This is my passion, this is my heart.

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Jess Hines, Director of Photography

My name is Jess Hines, I’m 24-years-old and I’m from Tacoma, Washington. In 2016 I worked in international aid for a mission organization called The World Race. I knew early on, before the World Race, I had a passion for seeking out compelling stories and providing a visual platform for them to be heard. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been passionate about people and building relationships. I believe by taking my craft and a clear and appointed gift from the Lord, I am able to combine my two deepest passions into one. As a result, I can create something beautiful that allows people to connect to a stranger in an emotional and vulnerable way. My hope for Citizens of Refuge is it will go one step further beyond just an emotional connection, but a call to action.

 
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Sue Kafoglis, Production Assistant

Hi I’m Sue Kafoglis! I’m originally from Bowling Green, KY and I’m 26 years old. I launched with the World Race in August 2016. I’ve always loved telling stories through writing and the World Race created a space for me to dive deeper into my passion for storytelling through the lens of a camera. I love being able to recreate an emotion for others through words, video and photos. My goal for this project is to empower all those involved to become active members of change.

 
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Donovan McCloskey, Journalist

Hey! I’m Donovan McCloskey, I’m 24 years old and I’m from Zionsville, Indiana. I did The World Race last year and it completely changed my life. The World Race is the hinge from which the rest of my life will swing and now I desire to be a voice for the unheard and a champion for the Kingdom of God. I’ve always had the passion to hear people’s stories and gain their perspective, and I believe that everyone’s story is worth sharing. Now, my talents in film have given me the tools to share that passion with the world.

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Haley Huckabee, Journalist

Hey I’m Haley Huckabee! I’m 24 and from Hickory, North Carolina. I have always had a craving for anything and everything creative and have a background in music, photography, and graphic design. I have a deep passion to see and create beauty through a camera lens and the World Race blew my mind open to the need for visual storytelling. There are so many stories around the world that need and deserve to be heard and my desire is to do exactly that. Citizens of Refuge is a beautiful project that will allow me to merge my love for visual storytelling and my hope to bring light and Kingdom to every corner of the earth.