Brian McNeely went to his true Home on May 2, 2015. He was married to Elaine for 36 years and had three children, Shaunessy, Jaden and LoriAnne. He was a successful football coach and the President and founder of two organizations. He led an impressive life and was respected and loved by many. However, none of those words can accurately sum up his life or his passion. After he and Elaine led a group of college youths to Burma in 2001, they were profoundly impacted by the suffering experienced by the people they met. Brian once said that you can make a decision to either be a part of the solution or ignore it and harden your heart against their desperation. Two choices, but only one real option in his mind. Global Refuge was founded in 2005 with the intent to do things differently than other organizations. Since it’s creation, GRI has provided life-saving aid to over 1 million people. Brian’s desire was to restore lives in seemingly hopeless situations. The numbers did not intimidate him. He knew that there were staggering amounts of violence and pain in the world, and as a result, there were millions of people who needed help. But it always went back to that original decision. You can either be a part of the solution or you can harden your heart.
We are thankful for the legacy he has left and for all of you who will help us carry on.