Our team is assembled, ready to head to Kenya, and we want you to meet them!
As a quick overview, the team will spend time with our partners at New Dawn Educational Centre in Nairobi, Kenya and participate in their third annual Run For Hope! All proceeds from the race help support operations and send kids to school at New Dawn. We will also be visiting another Mocha Club partner, Action Ministry and their founder, Peter Ochiel who serves a leprosy community in Ukunda. Our trips provide an opportunity for members and friends to visit Africa and witness firsthand how giving to Mocha Club & supporting local leaders creates thriving communities, while having a chance to serve the African people.
First up, meet Kathryn:
I have now lived in Nashville almost 12 years (crazy!) after growing up outside of Atlanta and attending Auburn University! I have always had a big heart and passion for helping others, which drove me to start being involved in mission trips and non-profits here in Nashville. When I’m not playing with my niece and nephews and hanging with my family, you can find me on my porch with a good book, having a glass of wine with dear friends, or eating my way through Nashville’s amazing restaurants. Last year I had the opportunity to travel with Mocha Club to Kenya to visit Blessed Camp and New Dawn School. I am beyond honored to be able to go back this year! I loved being present in their stories last year and can’t wait to see what this past year has brought them! Having the chance to continue to help Mocha Club and myself continue to build these relationships is a dream!
Next up, meet Maggie:
I’m a native Nashvillian, raised in the Antioch neighborhood. I graduated from Hume Fogg Academic in 2005. I am the middle child of 5 kids and fell in love with Jesus in high school while serving others on a mission trips. After graduating college at UT Knoxville, I was blessed to work in home-visiting environments and empower low-income families in goal-setting. Now I’m a school counselor and get to use those same skills with students here in Nashville! I’m married with 3 kids and we love to play with our two dogs, Sally and Wendell. I’m a runner and love being outside. God has been so good to me. He teaches me something new each day. Life is a journey and He is constantly revealing himself to me. I am so grateful to be a part of Mocha Club’s work! I’m excited to see what He is doing in Kenya!
Now, meet Margaret Claire:
I moved to Nashville about almost 2 years ago, and I knew that when I moved here I wanted to get involved in non-profits and explore what international mission work could look like. Last year I was on a run with a friend who was telling me about Mocha Club and its mission and the opportunity to serve abroad. It has been on my heart since last summer to serve Mocha Club on this international experience, and I’m so excited to experience my fist mission trip abroad. I have loved being in Nashville and being part of a community that supports mission work and serving both locally and internationally. Nashville is such a great community of people, great outdoor activities and there is always great music. I can’t wait to get to know the mission and the community of Mocha Club even more.
And lastly, meet our trip leader, Fallon:
Hey friends! I’m so excited to be leading my third trip to Africa this summer! I officially joined the Mocha Club team in early 2013, but have been a long-time member and supporter. I’m a Michigan girl but living in Nashville for six years has made it home. I love dancing, baseball (Go Tigers!), and leftovers. As the Mocha Club Community Care Manager, my hope is to make your trip to Africa just one of the many ways you stay connected to the club!
Make sure to follow along on our travels by following the hashtag #mcjourney2019 here on the blog and on our socials.