advocate • mother • author • speaker
Welcome friend! I’m Noel Yeatts and I describe myself as an everyday wife and mother … trying to change the world.
Whether I’m sitting at my son’s baseball game, or walking the dusty roads of Africa, my heartbeat is the same. It beats for rescue, restoration … hope.
I have spent my life traveling the world and seeing firsthand the stories of extreme poverty, disease and hunger. But, after more than 20 years in humanitarian work, I have learned that there are no easy answers or solutions and that “saving the world” is not my calling. Instead, I believe my calling is to restore hope to a hurting world … whenever and wherever I can.
I serve as the vice president of World Help, a faith-based humanitarian organization that serves the physical and spiritual needs of people in impoverished communities around the world.
I am the coauthor of two books (Children of Hope and causelife: water equals life) and debuted my new book ‘Awake: Doing a World of Good One Person at a Time’ in June 2012. As a speaker, I enjoy sharing at events across the nation at universities, churches and conferences.
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A little known fact about me is that for years I played the harp. I played at weddings, church services, receptions, parties, and special events. Besides having to lug that heavy thing around, load it in and out of my car, and deal with a few crazy brides … I loved it.
I received a request one time to play at a local church. I was not familiar with this particular church or the denomination, but I agreed to play. Everything was going fine until the music minister informed me that I could not play any songs that talked about Jesus dying on the cross, or the blood of Jesus.
The entire village is there. Dignitaries arrive. Ribbons are cut. Bands play. Fireworks go off in the background. Streamers fly up in the air. Children splash and play, and prayers of dedication are prayed.
Around the world … water is celebrated. When a new well or clean water source is provided, it is commemorated in the same way that we would celebrate a grand opening, a new building dedication, a house warming, or a birthday. It is a party!
I came to Africa with a group of storytellers . . . and I saw Africa through their eyes.
The power of a story is undeniable.
They give meaning to the forgotten. They shed light on what no one has seen. They breathe life into people that have been silenced by injustice and oppression [...]