True Vineyard Ministries, Inc. is a non-profit organization based in San Marcos, Texas that uses social business models that provide work-based solutions to poverty-stricken communities in Rwanda. They achieve this goal by reaching out to widows who were left behind in the tragic 100-day genocide in 1994, where nearly one million Rwandans were murdered. Some of the women are rape survivors, suffering from HIV/AIDS and all are mothers to multiple children. True Vineyard Ministries also provides counseling to help women heal from their traumatic experiences.
San Marcos resident Diana Wiley developed a long-term mission program with a rural hospital in Mozambique, after she was touched by a testimony from the hospital’s administrator who shared a glimpse of the HIV/AIDS epidemic with Wiley’s church. In 2007, Wiley launched the female-based, Christ-centered ministry known as True Vineyard Ministries. One of the ways the ministry helps to suppress Rwandans' hunger and lack of means for basic necessities is through its Handspun Hope Program and by selling popular jewelry, textile accessories and other hand-made items in The Vineyard Marketplace in San Marcos, Texas.
Ruth Goerger, Curator and Exhibit Designer is a Museum Technician at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library. Her work has her responsible for the security and conservation of the museum's artifact collection. She also works with the Exhibits department on exhibit development and installation. Ruth is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Master's degree program in Museum Studies which seeks to teach students how to best move museums into the digital age by introducing them to new technologies and digital capabilities.