Dr. David and Laurie Vanderpool started doing medical work as volunteers 22 years ago, providing free health care to disaster survivors in need. Inspired by the Haiti earthquake and resulting events, Vanderpool sold his medical practice and home in Brentwood, Tennessee, and moved to Haiti where their nonprofit, LiveBeyond, is now located.
In his upcoming book, Live Beyond (January 7, 2020), Vanderpool describes what compelled him to give up his practice in affluent Brentwood, Tennessee, to move to Haiti and serve the poorest of the poor. The catastrophic earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010 was the motivation Vanderpool needed to completely change his life but he believes most people don't need an earthquake to rock their life's very foundations.
"For several years, Laurie and I had been asking each other a daily question: What did you do yesterday that required faith?" says Vanderpool. "LiveBeyond was created to push us to live beyond ourselves, our culture, our borders and the life we were living ... so the poor can live a more abundant life."
God's call to Vanderpool was so powerful that he organized medical and logistical relief to help the hundreds of thousands of desperate Haitians suffering with no water, food or shelter, much less medical care. But, it didn't stop there. The organization has reached across 3 continents serving the impoverished. Now, Vanderpool serves a dual-role in disaster relief as well as in an advocacy function, working to create sustainable change for the global issue of poverty.
Readers will be inspired by Vanderpool's tireless example to ask themselves the question, What did I do yesterday that required faith?
About the Author
Dr. David Vanderpool is a surgeon and the CEO/founder of LiveBeyond, a faith-based, humanitarian organization providing medical, spiritual and logistical support in Haiti and other disaster-ridden countries throughout the world. Dr. Vanderpool started doing medical work as a volunteer 22 years ago, providing free health care in developing countries that suffered from either natural or man-made disasters. In 2010, when a staggering earthquake hit Haiti, he used his trauma surgeon skills to provide care to people in need. In 2013, Dr. Vanderpool sold his medical practice and home in Brentwood, Tennessee, and moved to Haiti with his wife, Laurie, where LiveBeyond is now based. For more information, visit www.LiveBeyond.org.