Sometimes the loudest voices are the ones who barely say a word, the servant leaders who make their mark by example.

Shirley Plant has certainly done that during her time at Mission of Hope, a faith based organization that helps those in need in rural Appalachia.

"I was born in West Virginia, so I'm a child of Appalachia," Plant said.

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She's been with Mission of Hope since its early years, first as a volunteer, then as operations manager.

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Working alongside Executive Director, Emmette Thompson, Plant has touched thousands of lives in need. Most have never even met her.

"I've been so blessed to be a part of this ministry and see the miracles God has created," Plant said.

Now, after two decades of service, Plant is retiring. She looks forward to spending more time with family and friends, but it's a bitter sweet moment.

"Everyone has been so wonderful to work with, and the memories have been flooding back," Plant said. "To sit down recently with folks like Bill Williams, who helped start this whole thing, I realize how blessed I've been to watch this ministry grow and see how wonderfully God has blessed it."

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We thank Shirley for everything she has done to make lives better in rural Appalachia and wish her all the best on her new journey in life.