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SYSK: Couple takes "vacations" to help farmers around the world


Marilyn and LeRoy Brocka have traveled the world.

"I guess you'd say these are our vacations," said LeRoy Brocka.

But their "vacations" aren't to resorts. Since 1993, they've taken at least one mission trip a year.

Most recently, the couple has taken six trips to 14 countries with Foods Resource Bank (FRB).

FRB is a Christian response to world hunger. Its mission is to end hunger by connecting people around the world through agriculture.

The Brockas came across FRB by chance because they wanted to take a trip to Africa.

"When we went we found out about it, and we fell in love with the whole concept. It seemed to fit our beliefs. A hand up instead of a hand out," said Marilyn Brocka.

The Brockas are also part of "Share the Harvest" in Fredericksburg, which provides funds to Foods Resource Bank. The funds help pay for programs to develop small-holder agriculture in the most remote and poorest regions of the world. The idea is to implement the programs farmer to farmer, the Brockas are retired farmers.

"There's a lot of people in the world who need help, and they're not expecting or wanting to live as we live, but they deserve to have adequate food and maybe a little money left over to send their children to school and medical supplies," said LeRoy Brocka.

Around Thanksgiving, the Brockas spent two weeks on a mission trip. One week in Cambodia and another in Thailand.

They always pay their own way on the trips. They say they take the trips because they value helping people.

Married for 54 years, Marilyn and LeRoy said they're grateful to take these trips together with an opportunity to see how other people in the world really live.

"It just really changes your life to experience it," said Marilyn Brocka.

For more information on Foods Resource Bank, click here.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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