They met in the halls of BCS and

have since spent their lives serving God

Duane and Julie have traveled the world caring for communities at home and abroad

Class of 1991

 

Duane and Julie Duim of Snoqualmie became foster parents five years ago and have cared for 13 children in crisis. However, their passion for caring for and improving the lives of women and children at home and abroad started decades ago.

The couple, who met at Bellevue Christian and graduated in 1991, have traveled as a couple to Zambia with World Vision to support underserved families. They had and taken two of their children, Emma and Holly, to Cambodia and Uganda to minister and care for women and children in need.

Julie reflects on her education at Bellevue Christian and says it solidified a specific call to missions and outreach.

After graduation in 1991, she and Duane dated off and on, while she pursued a degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Portland and he went to Bellevue College and then the University of Washington to pursue finance.  

Serving the poor and sharing the Gospel was stitched into the fabric of Duane’s childhood. His father, Gary Duim, was passionate about humanitarian causes and was on the board of World Vision, helping bring aid to refugee families across the world.

Duane and Julie married in 1998 and were blessed with two daughters, Emma and Holly. They moved to Snoqualmie in 2004.

Today, Julie serves on the board at Olive Crest, which works to transform the lives of at-risk children with the healing power of family. She also serves on Women of Vision, which calls women to gather and act on behalf of those caught in the margins of poverty and oppression. Julie also volunteers at Echo Glen Children’s Center, a medium to maximum security facility for young men and women.

Lord willing, Duane and Julie hope to travel to the Philippines in the next couple of years with the International Justice Mission (IJM) to help with efforts to end trafficking and slavery.