Director, Wellspring International
Naomi Zacharias graduated from Wheaton College. After working in sales for Coca-Cola, she joined the staff of RZIM. She accepted a full-time internship in the Office of Public Liaison at The White House, and returned to RZIM and helped to launch Wellspring International, an initiative devoted to providing financial grants to international efforts working with at-risk women and children. Naomi has visited with women in red-light districts in The Netherlands, India, and Thailand; foster homes for children affected by HIV/AIDS throughout Asia; hospitals providing surgical treatment for women who have been victims of violence in the Congo; shelters for victims of domestic violence in Asia and Europe; women’s prisons in South Africa; displacement camps in Indonesia, Uganda and Pakistan; areas of the Middle East offering aid to Iraqi refugees; and areas of Southeast Asia devastated by natural disaster.
Alongside people like Dave Batstone (Not for Sale), Scott Todd (Compassion International), and Sean Litton (International Justice Mission), Naomi authored a chapter on women and education in Zealous Love: A Practical Guide to Social Justice, published by Zondervan in 2004. In Real Women, Real Faith (Volumes 1 &2- released December 2010) Naomi is one of six speakers leading sessions on Old and New Testament female Bible characters. Her first book, The Scent of Water: Grace for Every Kind of Broken was released by Zondervan in March 2011.
Naomi and her husband, Drew, live in Atlanta.
*For a list of Interviews & Publications featuring Naomi Zacharias, please visit Wellspring Media.
The Scent of Water: Grace for Every Kind of Broken
By: Naomi Zacharias
Follow Naomi as she talks to women working in brothels in Mumbai; survivors of an Indonesian tsunami in which more than 160,000 lives were lost; a young girl waiting on an operation to save her life; and victims of domestic violence horrifically burned by fire. Be still with her when she realizes the pain she feels in the face of these extreme injustices reveals a common struggle that exists within all of humanity. And rise with her as she wrestles with confusion over her identity, comes face to face with redemption, and then begins to understand her own story … and to find her calling.
The Scent of Water will open your eyes to the complexities of the world, showing you pain can also be beauty, and how each are found in the unlikeliest of places. Zacharias doesn’t have all the answers. But she has hope and encouragement that will empower you to find and begin the adventure of your life.