Thierry was born and raised in Rwanda. Having lost his parents in the genocide, he grew up with his older siblings, and then was taken in by a missionary family which gave him a passion for Christ and missions.
Tina was born in IL, planted her roots in upstate NY. Coming to faith and growing in maturity in her home church of CMA in Oswego NY. In 2010 the Lord put a passion for orphans in her heart. Going on her first short term mission trip she fell in love with Rwanda and having a heart that's all or nothing. Sold everything she owned and bought a one way ticket to Rwanda to volunteer in the orphanage.
As Tina had a passion to start the infant program, Thierry came to translate for her, and the Lord drew their hearts together. They were married July 15 2016. They have been doing Hope For Tomorrow side by side ever since as the founders.
Uwera grew up in Rwanda's oldest and largest orphanage, called Noel. Uwera finished Primary school locally, and finished her secondary school in Kigali with a focus on History, Econmics, and Geography. She desires to go back to school for social work, which we hope to see happen in the next few years.
Uwera has a compassion that not many in this world has. She has always had a heart for the elderly and we wouldn't be surprised if she is the one to start the first nursing homes in the country!
Uwera can be found stocking the office, doing inventory, digging into bible studies, doing home visits in the infant program, and generally doing whatever needs to be done. She has a get it done attitude is willing to serve in any capacity where she is needed.
She understands the challenges of motherhood, and the area. That coupled with her deep love of Christ and passion for sharing the gospel and ministering to the most vulnerable makes her an asset to our ministry!
Or as we like to call her ShimiShimi Shushu. Ishimwe grew up in Noel orphanage as well. She always did amazing in her studies despite her circumstances! She excelled all through school and graduated university from RUTC in Gisenyi for Tourism.
Ishimwe often accompanies Tina and visitors as a translator. Helps our disabled moms with the hospital visits, or treatment. She is quick to do home visits, advocate for the vulnerable, and help with things like health insurance, inventory, shopping, or any capacity she is needed to serve in. She is reliable and an amazing role model. She loves spending time with the kids in the program, and they really respond to her heart for loving on them and playing with them.
We couldn't do what we do without Ishimwe. Known at Gisenyi hospital, for her care for our more disabled moms. Checking up on them also at Ubumwe center and Jessie's place in Gisenyi for the disabled to learn a trade and receive the much needed therapies they require.
Ishimwe also amplifies a passion for Christ. She is always desiring to share the gospel and the word of Christ. We are grateful for her, her hard work, her servants heart, her advocacy, and heart for Christ.