Most of Billie Jauss’s adult life has been filled with the excitement of being married to a professional baseball coach. Her husband, Dave, has coached professional baseball for more than 30 years. Billie and Dave have been with six Major League Baseball teams and lived in 15 cities, eight states, and three countries. They have raised three boys — DJ, Charley and Will — whom she says “have brought us to our knees, made us proud, and given us hours of laughter.”

Billie enjoys speaking to women’s groups and encouraging them in their faith. Her book, Making Room: Doing Less So God Can Do More, published in January 2019, explores practical, effective ways to troubleshoot spiritual stagnation, discover God’s will and have a positive influence on others.

Billie Jaus and her husband at a Compassion center

Billie with husband and MLB coach Dave Jauss.

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Seeing Poverty’s Devastation

One of the countries she and Dave lived in was the Dominican Republic — an avid baseball nation. While there, they were heartbroken by the abject poverty all around them. However challenging the circumstances, they saw boys chase the hope of professional baseball as a way out, while girls had no such opportunity and little support for education.

Billie recently returned to the Dominican Republic with Compassion International where she learned about the crisis many of those struggling girls encounter during pregnancy and birth because of their poverty. The stories of the women she met revealed a staggering global truth - Every year, 2.6 million babies in poverty don’t survive the first 28 days of life.1

And the children aren’t the only ones at risk. Each day 800 women die due to pregnancy and childbirth issues. The most common causes of death range from preterm birth and delivery complications, to preventable conditions such as malnutrition, pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria.

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  Jauss visits a Compassion center

Billie Jauss visits a Compassion center in the Dominican Republic. Click on the image to watch the video.

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Through the stories of the women she met, Billie also learned that Compassion International is confronting these tragic situations with lifesaving interventions through Compassion Survival. Founded in 1952, Compassion currently works with more than 2 million children in 25 countries with the mission of “Releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.” One strategic outreach of the ministry is Compassion Survival, dedicated to helping babies survive and thrive in their critical first year of life.

Through partnerships with local churches in poverty-stricken communities, Compassion Survival provides Christ-centered care to mothers of newborn babies and moms-to-be. Trained health specialists provide expectant women with prenatal care, education, nutrition, medical checkups, and birth assistance. Through regular home visits, these specialists provide mothers of infants with medical checkups, ongoing training in infant care, growth monitoring, supplies, and the emotional and spiritual support they need to help their babies reach key milestones critical to early childhood development.

Billie says the experience broke her heart, but inspired a passion to help impoverished babies survive and thrive in their critical first year of life.

Billie and Dave committed their own funds to help launch a new Compassion Survival center in the Dominican Republic. With the partnership of committed donors like Billie and Dave, Compassion Survival currently supports more than 19,000 vulnerable mothers and their babies each year at over 800 local church partners in impoverished communities around the world.

Using Her Influence to Make a Difference

Billie is passionate about sharing this opportunity with others, and wants to use her God-given platform as an author, speaker, and Major League Baseball wife to raise more support for this vital initiative. You can join Billie and Dave in rescuing impoverished women and their babies by contributing to Compassion Survival now.

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Provide Basic Needs & Nutrition

Safe water, nutritious food, vitamins, milk, diapers, supplies, assisted birth, and monthly growth monitoring

Health Interventions

Pre-and post-natal care for mother and baby, medical care as needed, and immunizations

Support & Love

Regular home visits, one-on-one coaching, parenting workshops, emotional and spiritual support, and infant cognitive and physical-development support