Suzan Bellis .Kylie Bellis . Arlene Amick . Michael Allen . Jessica Ballard . Shelley Reid .Daniel Graybeal
Their mission will be to put on a 3 day VBS program for the 60 HNS students the first week that includes Bible Story skit, craft, snack, games and music. During the 2nd week they will take two groups of kids (2 days) on an outing by bus to see the Kenyan animals at the Giraffe Centre, Mamba Village, and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where they see and learn about the orphaned baby elephants and finally the Animal Orphanage and give them hot lunch. The children will learn about the animals and environment that is protected by Kenya. Also during the 2nd week we will visit families in their homes and distribute food boxes for families of the students.
Along with visiting two local schools and interacting with students, the team will take a day to visit the Kibera Slum which is the largest in Africa. They will have lunch with a group of the women learning trades through HEART’s WEEP program so they can provide for their families as well as visit in homes and bring food boxes. It will be a busy time building relationships with the children, families and staff of Huruma Nursery School.
SUZAN BELLIS – President and Chair of Huruma HOPE, Intl. Her first time to serve in Huruma was Feb. 2005. Since then has returned 10 times and helped develop the Huruma HOPE, Intl Ministry. She has been married 55 years to husband Rod. They have 4 grown sons and 6 beautiful granddaughters including Kylie who is part of this team.
Prayer Request: Continued relationship building with the Huruma children, families and HNS staff. That we will each be God’s hand and feet and look to the needs of those He loves in this community.
KYLIE BELLIS – 21 yrs. old. Grew up at North Albany Comm. Church and active in Children’s and Youth programs. Presently working in Medford and plans to get back to college to become a Paramedic. First mission trip was to Haiti in 2011 with group from NACC. This is her first time to serve in Huruma.
Prayer Request: That I will be able to be whatever the team, the children, and God need me to be in order to serve in the way God has called me.
ARLENE AMICK – Secretary and Board Member of Huruma HOPE, Intl. Attends NW Hills Comm. Church. Participated in short-term mission trips to Oaxaca, Honduras, Haiti, Uganda and Kenya. Worked with children’s ministries, VBS, Sunday School and Christian camps. First trip to Huruma was in Feb. 2005. This is her 6th time serving the Huruma Community. Three teen-aged grandchildren live with her and husband, Darryl.
Prayer Request – For speedy acclimation to the time change, climate and food. Safe travel, and all our suitcases arrive when we do. Pray that I might renew former relationships in Huruma, and also find new ones, while presenting the love of Christ.
MIKE ALLEN – Current Treasurer of Huruma HOPE, Intl., Worship Pastor of North Albany Comm. Church, and local insurance agency owner. Wife Sarah and three grown children, Regan, Hayden and Grace. He and daughter Regan served on their first mission together in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2010. Mike’s first trip to Huruma was in Sept. 2014.
Prayer Request: That HOPE Int’l can sponsor more even children, provide them better educational opportunities, and encourage the families of Huruma to seek and know Christ in their daily lives.
JESSICA BALLARD – A wife and mom who also runs her own Housekeeping business and is hoping to have her own cooking business soon. She coordinates the Toddler/Nursery program at North Albany Community Church as well as helps in the kitchen and working with the youth. Jessica has been married to her husband Mark for 19 years and has 4 children, Luke, Noah, Taylor, and Lillie. Jessica loves to garden, work outside with the animals and feed people. This will be Jessica’s 1st time to serve in Huruma. In high school she served in Mexico twice on Missions.
Prayer Request: That I would be diligent in prayer and seeking God through His Word.
SHELLEY REID – Married to Forrest. Mother to son, Remington, who attends OSU, and daughter, Rhyan, who is a senior in High School. They attend Corvallis Suburban Church. Shelley has served on mission trips to Haiti, Mexico, Uganda, and the Dominican Republic. This will be her first time to serve in Huruma, Kenya.
Prayer Request: Pray for safety and health for our team and loved ones at home. That everyone we come in contact with will feel God’s love and we will do His work and His will. To reach the people God wants us to reach, and for lives to be saved and changed. Prayer for Huruma Hope, that it gets the support and finances that are needed to provide food, protection, education, and support to more children in Huruma.
DANIEL GRAYBEAL – Currently Family Pastor for NACC. He served on short and long term missions annually the past 24yrs. Held by rebels in West Africa, slept in the bush with lions and elephants in sight in Zimbabwe, and preached to thousands at events in Rwanda. He and wife Ashlee have three kids; Trevor 9, Connor 7, and Piper Joy 7 months.
Prayer Request: Gods Heart for children in Huruma and understanding how I can best support the ministry of HOPE over the next several years. :