How it Began
Although Dave and Linda Chittock grew up with similar backgrounds, there was one life-changing difference. Dave had a rather typical American upbringing living in Chagrin Falls, Ohio and rarely thought about the world outside him. Linda’s father was a military man and as a result she and her family moved often living in Japan, Philippines, and across the United States.
Linda’s fortuitous upbringing led the Chittocks to pray for opportunities to immerse their three sons in various cultures. Her mother created an atmosphere of adventure and Linda and Dave’s sons had that same passion and curiosity about the world. Several years later, God answered that prayer.
Linda and Dave’s sons attended University School’s middle school in Cleveland, Ohio. Through the school, they were given the opportunity to host some bright and fun-loving students from Tasmania. As they hosted these gifted, intelligent, young men they became more aware of the challenges of the poverty-stricken life in their country. Dave and Linda quickly realized that they wanted to help others to have the opportunity for an education and support to better their lives. During this time, God called Dave and Linda to cultivate a plan to provide resources for young students like those they hosted through the years. These students were their motivation to help other students who may not have the chance or resources for quality education and life-skills training.
Their desire to move forward began with a relationship between The Starahe School in Nairobi, Kenya and the University School’s upper school that their sons now attended. The Chittocks were given an opportunity to host a young Kenyan student. Dave and Linda knew they had to say, “Yes.” From there, God connected the Chittock family with some of the most inspiring people they had ever met.
The next marker in their journey would lead to a family, led by a gifted, dedicated mother, and her children. Their story wasn’t easy, but God had a plan for them to intersect with Dave and Linda…
Join us for Part 2 of stories of Hope – The Njoyas and a Treasure Hunt