Meet our 2018 Summer Interns
My name is Shelby Pope and I am hopelessly in love with the children at The Hope Centre in Kenya. I praise God over and over for allowing me to know and love each of them. In America, I am a Middle School Teacher, which I absolutely love, but I am also thrilled to be able to spend my summers in Kenya with these specific kids. The Lord has blessed me more than I can say. I am forever thankful for the way God has worked through these children to change and heal me. Opaki Yesu, Praise Jesus!
My name is Austin Martin - this summer will be my 5th trip to Kenya, and my 4th time visiting The Hope Centre! The children at THC are so easy to love and serve - they are all beyond precious to me!! I've always said that my heart longs for each child that we serve to truly know the Love of our Heavenly Father -- to know that they are not forgotten. It has been the thrill of my life to play a small role in what God is doing through LHMI in rural Kenya. Seeing the HOPE that Jesus has breathed into broken lives -- there's truly nothing sweeter. Bwana Asifiwe, praise the Lord - for all the ways we will see and experience Him in Kenya this summer!!
My name is Chandler Huddleston and I am a 7th grade science teacher in Winder, Georgia! This summer will be my second spent at The Hope Centre, and I am overwhelmed with how much God has blessed me. Our kids at THC taught me so much about grace, faith, and the unfathomable love of Christ. I am so lucky that God has chosen me to go and spread His love, and that I am able to receive His love from those sweet souls in Migori. The relationships with each of our kids, as well as with all of our interns, are some of my most cherished and I am so excited for them to grow in Christ this summer! Won’t He do it!
Hello my name is Chloe Brown, I am 22, and I go to Kennesaw State University. I am working on my degree in Human Services Case Management then will be going for my masters in social work. I have a huge passion for children. I love to teach, lead and advocate for them! Currently I am interning with Bartow County DFCS getting experience in social work as well as learning how I can apply school to my field of work as well as in Kenya. I was able to go to Kenya last summer and I am so excited to go back to continue pouring in and investing in this amazing ministry. It's such an honor to be able to go see these amazing kids and see God move in incredible ways. I'm really looking forward to going back and seeing God do even more miracles. The hope center and all those who live there have forever impacted my life and I can't wait to see them again!
My name is Kelley Delchamps and I'm humbled and excited to be returning to The Hope Centre for this summer! It is so amazing that through the price Jesus paid for us on the Cross, we are not only saved as we believe, but given the opportunity to share the Hope of Christ with others. I am expectant for God to move and do amazing things this summer in The Hope Centre and Oyuma, the surrounding village. In December 2017, I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services, Case Management from Kennesaw State University. Since then, I've been preparing for Kenya, working as a personal assistant, and working at a nonprofit in Forsyth County, Georgia that strives to restore families and empower caregivers. The opportunity to serve and share The Gospel in Kenya is my dream come true.
My name is Carmen Dixon and I am currently an accounting student at Georgia College and State University. Last summer I was blessed with the opportunity to go to The Hope Centre for the first time and it was an amazing experience. The Lord used the precious kids to teach me way more than I expected, and I can’t wait to see them again! I’ve missed their smiles, laughter, and hugs so much!! My prayer for this summer is that this group of interns would be vessels for the Lord to pour Himself into the kids at The Hope Centre and for His will alone to be done!
My name is Madi Backus and I’m an 18 year old student that attends Kennesaw State University. I’m an Early Childhood Education major and I know that God wants me to spend the rest of my life serving kids. My heart is constantly aching for missions- I’ve been to Costa Rica once and Jamaica three times and I am so excited that God has called me to serve in Kenya. I am a firm believer that the love of God can cure any pain and I absolutely cannot wait to shed this love on the sweet children at The Hope Centre. My prayer for this summer and for our team is that we will selflessly serve and glorify our King and show the kids of The Hope Centre what everlasting joy through Christ looks like. I am so thankful that God perfectly opened this door and opportunity for me and I could not be more excited!!
My name is Rachel Barnett I’m 19. I am currently a nursing major, missions minor, and play on the women’s soccer team at Truett McConnell University. This will be my third trip to Kenya. I fell in love with these kids my first trip and am so thankful the Lord has opened an opportunity for me to go back. My heart beat is for these precious kids to know that God created this entire universe to reveal Himself individually and intentionally to each one of them. That the world’s lies about who they are don’t hold water to the truths that God speaks in love over them. I am overwhelmed with thanksgiving that I get to play such a teeny, teeny tiny role in the work this ministry is doing. I’m expectant of what God will do this summer through this wonderful team in these beautiful kids lives as well as the community.
I’m Ashley Barnett. I am 16 and a Sophomore in high school. I am so excited to go on my first trip to the Hope Centre! I’ve heard countless stories of the lives of these kids from my parents and siblings and have seen the impact their lives have made on our family. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me this summer, and I pray that I will be a light to the people in Kenya.
Meet our 2017 Summer Interns
God is overwhelming my heart with gratitude at the thought of not only this summer being my 6th trip to Kenya, but also at the reality of having the privilege to lead such a great group of interns. I am so thankful that The Lord has blessed me with 50 little loves at The Hope Centre – the love is too much to understand. This summer I am so looking forward to seeing what God does in the hearts of our interns as well as the connection that will be made between them and all the kids at THC – praise God for allowing us to do this. Counting down the days, all for His glory!
My name is Austin Martin and I'm a 25 year old photographer from Cumming, Ga! This will be my fourth trip to Kenya and I am so excited to be interning with The Hope Centre again this summer! In February of 2016, I was blessed to experience The Hope Centre for the first time. My two weeks spent there were filled with smiles, laughter, learning, and fun. I fell in love with the children immediately and I made new friends that feel like family! (So much that I had to visit THC again in July 2016!) These children are a treasure shared with us straight from Heaven - My heart longs for each child we serve to know - truly know - the Love that our Heavenly Father desires to share with them - They are not forgotten. I believe so strongly that the Lord is at work for even more great things to happen at The Hope Centre and I am thrilled to have the chance to see it all first hand. My prayer for this team of interns is that The Lord would use us as a light to the children that we love so that they may better understand the perfect love of Christ.
My name is Carmen Dixon and I am currently a student at Georgia College and State University. The Lord laid it on my heart last summer for me to use this summer to serve and honor Him. He has been so faithful in orchestrating this trip for me! I have never been on a mission trip outside of the United States, but I love to serve domestically. I recently went on a trip to Clarkson, GA to serve the refugee community and that has made me even more excited for this summer. I can't wait to see how the Lord uses this trip to Kenya to let me experience Him in new ways. My prayer for this summer is that this group of interns would be vessels for the Lord to pour Himself into the kids at The Hope Centre!
My name is Katie Canady and I’m 21 years old and a nursing student at The University of North Georgia. I have a huge passion for missions- I’ve been to Costa Rica and Nicaragua both 5 times and I have always had the deep desire to go to Africa. God specifically opened the door for me to go to Kenya and I am beyond words excited to go!! God has shown me His love in such huge abundance and my desire is to show these children the greatest love that there is! I am so excited to meet the kids at the Hope Centre. I absolutely love children and I am so excited to love them and grow relationships with them! I am SO excited for what God is going to do this summer. I am expectant and I am so ready to serve in any way that I can!!
Hello! I am Kelley Delchamps, and I am a twenty-two year old living in Kennesaw, Georgia. I am a member and worship leader of Gateway Church in Kennesaw. I have been a singer and lover of worship since I re-dedicated my life to Jesus as a sixteen year old. In December 2017, I will be graduating from Kennesaw State University with a Degree in Human Services with concentrations in Case Management and Child Advocacy Studies. I love children and God’s heart for them. For my life, I want to partner with The Lord to speak truth and identity over children specifically and really, all people! I love that Jesus speaks truth that casts out the lies of the enemy, and this summer it is such a blessing to have the opportunity to serve children who may be considered orphans to the world, but are truly loved and cherished sons and daughters of the Most High God! Spring of 2013, The Lord impressed a longing in my heart to go to Kenya. Over the last four years, my heart for Kenya has only grown stronger! It is a dream come true to be traveling to The Hope Centre and visiting Kenya for the first time this summer, and I am so ready for whatever God has for our team. My biggest prayer is that Jesus is glorified, and I’m confident that He will be!
Hello, my name is Christine Walley I'm sixteen, and I will be a senior in high school this upcoming fall. I am so excited and blessed by the opportunity to travel to Kenya this summer and love on the sweet children of The Hope Centre. God has already shown His faithfulness and provision as I prepare for this trip, and I know He is going to work in mighty ways in Kenya. God has put a burden on my heart to love on these precious orphans and be a reminder that they are know, and they are loved beyond measure. God calls each of them by name- and they are so worthy of love. I pray that God will use me in Kenya to encourage these children to deepen their walk with the Lord and show that God changes lives-He sure did change mine. I look forward to being a vessel for Him, and loving on these children. I pray as I prepare for Kenya and I embark on this great journey, I will surrender to God's will and trust everything in His hands. I'm so blessed by this opportunity to strengthen my personal walk with God, and see how He uses me to work in the lives of the sweet children at The Hope Centre.
Meet our 2016 Summer Interns
The kids at The Hope Centre have my heart. All 42 of them bring my soul indescribable joy, amazement, and adoration. The way that our Heavenly Father has blessed me by knowing each of them individually is too much for me to understand and my thanks to Him can never be close to appropriate. The memories I have from the past 3 years with my little loves will forever beat within my heart, and I am so thankful that The Lord has blessed me with yet another summer to soak up the goodness, beauty, and pure joy that these kids emanate and so freely give away. Praise God for how He is working through The Hope Centre to provide a safe, nurturing, and Christ-centered home for these orphaned children. Praise God that He does not see them as orphans, but as HIS children,and as HEIRS to His perfect Kingdom. Praise God for HOPE, only through the power of Jesus Christ. Amen.
My first trip to the Hope Centre was last summer and I absolutely fell in love with the ministry and the kids. Those two months taught me so much about how gracious our Lord is and how to really discern His voice. Looking back now, I can see how God orchestrated every little step for that experience to happen. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to go back and to have my sweet brother Justin go as well.
This is going to be my first mission trip ever, and I am extremely excited to travel to Kenya. My beloved sister Rachel went on this trip last year and came home so excited and re-energized in the Lord. She has thus motivated me to take my first trip out of the country with her to minister to the orphans of Migori, Kenya. God has presented me with such an amazing opportunity and I don’t want to take this for granted. I feel confident that I will be used mightily in His service there, while at the same time He will be moving mightily in me.
My name is Austin Martin and I'm a 24 year old photographer from Cumming, Ga! I have been on two trips to Kenya and I am so excited to be interning with The Hope Centre this summer! In February of 2016, I was blessed to experience The Hope Centre for the first time. My two weeks spent there were filled with smiles, laughter, learning, and fun. I fell in love with the children immediately and I made new friends that feel like family! I believe so strongly that the Lord is at work for even more great things to happen at The Hope Centre and I am thrilled to have the chance to see it all first hand. My prayer for this team of interns is that The Lord would use us as a light to the children that we love so that they may better understand the perfect love of Christ.
My name is Madison Noda! I’m 20 years old and I’m currently a student at Georgia College & State University. I have gone on two mission trips before, to Brazil and Uganda. God has kept the desire in my heart to keep serving him and I am so thrilled that he is sending me to The Hope Centre this summer! I pray that God will use me as his hands and feet to spread his light and do the work that he has called us to do. I am so so thankful for this unbelievable opportunity!
Meet our 2015 Summer Interns
For me, making the decision to go back to Kenya was probably the easiest task of my life. When I arrived in Kenya for my first trip in 2013, I immediately fell in love with the beautiful country. Upon returning home to The States, I knew that I would be back. Last year, in 2014, I served as the intern for The Hope Centre for 10 weeks, and that’s when my world was turned upside down. I completely fell head over heels in love with the kids. I spent the whole summer playing in the dirt with them, teaching and learning new things from them, and giving and receiving more love and hugs than I could count. As I reluctantly came back to America at the end of July, I knew, without a single doubt, that I would be back. Kenya is my beloved homeland – the kids at The Hope Centre are the loves of my life – and I am eternally grateful to The Lord Almighty.
My main reason for going back to Kenya is my love for the country, people, and most importantly the kids at the Hope Orphanage. When I arrived at the Hope Center last year I had no idea how much of an impact everyone I was about to meet would have on my life. Everyone at there, from the kids to Bethany and Sherwood to the dorm moms and guards were all so welcoming, and their generous hearts were and still are so inspiring to me. Each and every one of the kids holds a special place in my heart, I can't wait to be reunited with them this summer.
I have been to Kenya twice. Each time I have been, I have fallen more and more in love with the country and it's people. The children at The Hope Centre have left an incredible impact on me and I am beyond excited to be returning for a third time! There has never been a better feeling than returning to a group of kids you have met only twice, and they welcome you back by name with their friendly smiles and contagious laughs. Once again, I am thankful for this opportunity and look forward to every day spent with them.
I was introduced to the Living Hope Ministry around 5th grade and ever since then I have fallen in love with it. I am captivated by the culture and by the people of Kenya. I suddenly found my heart aching for their hardship and truly inspired by what Living Hope was doing. I felt that this kind of tug on my heart could only come from God. I knew that He wanted me to go. So this summer I will be spending 2 months there serving, teaching, and outreaching. I am so grateful for this opportunity God has granted and would appreciate your prayers for me, my team, and for the orphanage.
During my senior year of high school, God laid a sweet burden on my heart to care for orphans. At the time, I did not know in what way He would fulfill that calling but I just knew that He laid those children very heavily on my heart. Since then, I have been praying for an open door to be able to serve orphans (specifically within an orphanage) and He has so graciously answered that prayer through the opportunity to serve with Living Hope Ministries this summer. I am beyond excited to be going to Kenya and cannot wait to get there and see all that God is doing at The Hope Center. My heart is ready and expectant to see Him move in mighty ways!