Global Hope Partners

Global Hope partners come from all walks of life; they were raised in different cultures, are geographically diverse and possess varied skills and experiences; however, they share a common vision – to actively respond to Christ’s call to rescue and restore children throughout the world.

Thomas Agutu: Obaga

Thomas was born and raised in the village Obaga, in the Siaya County of Kenya. He studied Business Administration, majoring in Entrepreneurship, and used his education to create and operate a mission tours company in Kenya called Nappet Tours. Thomas sits on the Board of many organizations in Kenya that serve the community and has received awards of excellence as a result of his commitment and dedication to the service of humanity.

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Thomas is a born again Christian, Married to Merab and with 3 children and is a close partner of GlobalHope.

Pastor Stanley and Alice Nganga: Spring Valley Children’s Center

Pastor Stanley and his wife Alice had retired, so they thought. In 1999, after visiting the Spring Valley Slum with a church group, their hearts went out to the people in that community. The poverty level was so high about one hundred children would die of starvation, water borne diseases and HIV complications every year.

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Stanley and Alice wanted to help the people in this community, but had few resources to give. They used what they had from their retirement savings to feed about 50 children for ten days. By God’s grace, they were able to raise more resources to continue the work and have been feeding, educating and caring for children every day since. They also were able to get a well dug so that the community has enough clean water to last 400 years! Global Hope became a partner of Spring Valley Children’s Center in 2012.


Christine Wambui: Hope for Orphan’s Rescue Center

Christine founded Hope for Orphan’s Rescue Center in 2005 after volunteering in Nairobi slums taking care of women living with HIV/AIDS. Christine experienced first-hand neglect and abuse to children whose parents succumbed to HIV/AIDS. She made numerous appeals to have the children assimilated into the program and provided a safe-haven to no avail.

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With the cases of orphaned children being sexually and physically abused on the rise, Christine took the bold step of rescuing the children and taking them into her own home. When Christine started to take in children, she had to close her successful beauty salon to dedicate all her energy and resources to take care of them. The children were not well received in the community because HIV infection was associated with death, so finding help was no easy task. In 2008 Global Hope partnered with Christine to support the important work of caring for orphaned and vulnerable children with HIV/AIDS.

Pastor Cristian Istrate: House of Joy, Cornatel

Pastor Cristi is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church “Light from Light” in Sibiu, Romania. He is a graduate of the University of Political Science and Communication, graduate of the Methodist Theological Academy. He also holds a Master in Biblical Theology (Faculty of Greek-Catholic Theology). He served in humanitarian work both in Romania and abroad, especially collaborating with the persecuted church in the Middle East.

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Global Hope partnered with Pastor Cristi in 2017 to start a new operation called the Super Kids Educational Day Center. In 2020 we partnered with Pastor Cristi to support 17 young people living in the House of Joy in Cornatel. Pastor Cristi’s desire to serve children was a call from God to let these kids know the deep love God has for each one of them. This is what drives him—to make Jesus visible to these children and allow God’s divine love to infiltrate their hearts!

“Pastor Z”: Kathryn E. Larsen Children’s Center

When Pastor Z was in high school, he suffered severely from smallpox and got very sick. His father told him to depend on the Lord for healing so Pastor Z began praying earnestly. It was during this time he felt called to dedicate his life to serve the Lord.

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When Pastor Z was healed,  he stayed true to his commitment to serve the Lord wholeheartedly. After becoming a pastor, he established a Lutheran church in his community. Then, in 1986, when approached by a missionary to take over the care of four children who made up KEL Children’s Center, Pastor Z accepted. Since then he has been serving as pastor to the community, and as trusted caregiver to over 30 children over the years.

Romica Iuga, Romania: Fundatia Caminul Sperantei

In partnership with Global Hope, Romi has served as the President of ‘Fundatia Caminul Sperantei’ (our Romanian sister foundation) since 1998. He has been a pastor at ‘Speranta’ (Hope) Baptist Church in Arad, Romania since 1993. He married Doroteea in 1996 and they have two children, David and Octavia.

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In addition to being a pastor Romica is also President of the Arad Baptist Association (which has 110 member churches) and a member of the Baptist Council of the Baptist Union of Romania.

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