A Mission of Hope
How We Began
Hope Markers started with the love of a Kenyan exchange student and his family in 2007. That led us to mission trips to Nairobi where we met local leaders who were transforming young people’s lives through faith, sports, education, and love.
David runs Incentra, an employee and sales channel engagement company. He is an elder at Fellowship Bible Church in Chagrin Falls, Ohio where he is also on the Men’s Ministry lead team. David and Linda have a passion for their five boys and their families, and for the wonderful people of Kenya.
Barnabas Apwacho grew up in the slums of Mathare with a talent for soccer. Having had an absent dad, Barnabas is passionate about being a father figure to young kids in the slums, mentoring them to know God, focus on education, and improve in soccer. Barnabas coaches many teams and hosts “Game on for Christ” soccer tournaments. He and Judy have three children; Dorothy, Roy and Fortune.
After raising a houseful of boys, remodeling an old farmhouse and volunteering at school and church, Linda Chittock Studio was created. Linda uses her creativity in interior design and product design. God’s creation of beauty continues to inspire Linda both in her profession and her involvement in local cultural organizations. These gifts and passions are the driving-force in all she does.
Ed’s extensive background in leadership, and his heart for seeing others reach their full potential drives his passion for Hopemarkers. He is the National Operations Manager for Strategic Relationships for the Davey Tree Company. He has served as elder at several churches and sat on several school boards. Ed desires to aid Kenyans in their pursuit of their God-given purpose.
As a mom of three and grandma of two Joan is dedicated to family-life. She has a degree in psychology as well as experience in mentoring, athletics, and church ministry formation. Her combined passion and experiences give her the opportunity to come alongside young Kenyans in their journey with Christ, their education, and the betterment of their community.
Fredrick Onyango is the founder of Children`s Sports & Learning Centre, Kenya. CSLC educates, empowers and redeems disadvantaged children, families and communities to transform lives. Fred is passionate about children and winning them for Christ. Today, more than 20 members of the CSLC team are working in the slums, with over 5,000 souls coming to Christ. Fred is married to Joy and has two children.
Candace currently serves as the Kids Ministry Coordinator at her home church. Prior to that, she taught in the public school system for ten years as an elementary teacher. After traveling to Africa in college, she has longed for the opportunity to share the good news with, and lavish the love of Christ onto the children there in the same way that she has been blessed to do so here in the United States. Having the opportunity to pour into the Kenyan community is an experience she looks forward to sharing with her husband and two children.
The combination of Zach’s heart for God, love for his family, and creative giftedness has prepared him for a life of service to God. Zach has worked for various companies, honing his creative skills and knowledge of multi-media design. He looks forward to the opportunity to serve Kenyans.