This is the most exciting moment of the year for CHAP International as we prepare for our next trip to Liberia, West Africa!! In 18 days our team of 9 incredible, passionate, and kingdom shaking individuals will board a plane at Newark Airport for a trip of a lifetime. I can say from personal experience that it will rock us to the core. We cannot wait to be reunited with our kids at the Liberian Christian Orphanage and continue to build relationships that will last a lifetime! We wanted to take a little time to introduce you to our 2013 Missions Trip Team, so here we go!
Ashley Ruhl: Volunteer
Ashley is 25 and attends Victory Church in Lancaster, PA. Ashley has served as an event volunteer over the last few years for CHAP helping with special events, such as our annual yard sale. She will be making her 1st trip to Africa and is so excited to be able to use her nursing degree to help teach basic first aid to the orphanage. She is also excited to be able to share in this adventure with her boyfriend Steve:)
Ashley serves in the kids ministry at Victory Church and will be a wonderful addition to our team for 2013!
Brian Deamer: President
"I first went on a missions trip in 2009. I stayed involved and somehow ended up as President of CHAP, wild."
Brian Deamer has done missions work in Romania and has traveled to Liberia three times. In the beginning of 2013 Brian took over as President of CHAP and continues to lead us into a new chapter. Brian is a great leader and his love for the kids is so authentic.
"I want to show them love in a practical way and hope that they become interested in why. It is also a powerful reminder of the innumerable and undeserved blessings that I take for granted in my own life."
Alisha Heywood: Board Member
Alisha is 22, born and raised in Jamestown, NY. She attends Threshold Church in Lancaster, PA. Alisha has traveled to Honduras, Central America and most recently with CHAP to Liberia, Africa in February 2012. She has had a heart for Africa since she was a young girl and served as Program Coordinator for CHAP from March of 2012 until March 2013.
"I am especially excited about seeing all of the children at the Liberian Christian Orphanage again!!! AHH I could just SCREAM with excitement! They are all just so unique, amazing and beautiful in their own way. I cannot wait to hug and hold them again!!"
Marlin Petersheim: Volunteer
Marlin is 31 and attends Reality Church in Lancaster, PA. Marlin has previously traveled to Haiti and India on mission trips. This will be his first trip to Africa and his first trip with CHAP International. He was introduced to CHAP through our Vice President Holly Gilmore. Marlin loves the passion and vision of CHAP and is excited to be able to meet all the kids!
Holly Gilmore: Vice President
Holly is from Lancaster, PA and attends Reality Church. She has been a part of CHAP since 2009 and now serves as Vice President and Secretary of the Board. This will be her 4th trip to Liberia, Africa. Holly is an incredible asset to CHAP and our vision going forward and will serve as Trip Leader in June. She is excited to be traveling back to the orphanage to see the kids and to introduce some new members of our team to the work CHAP is doing in Liberia.
Steve Glick: Program Coordinator
Steve is born and raised in Lancaster, PA and attends Victory Church. He currently serves as the Program Coordinator for CHAP and will be making his 4th trip to Liberia! He has a passion for missions and a heart for Liberia and our kids at the Liberian Christian Orphanage!
"I can't put into words the excitement I have for our trip in June! Just to be able to see those smiles as we pull into the orphanage and jump out of the car is going to be priceless! As an organization we just want to bring stability and sustainment to our kids and to the orphanage as a whole and help them grow spiritually, physically and mentally."
Brian Kurtz: Board Member/Treasury
Brian is the longest active member of CHAP International. Brian is currently on the Board and acts as Treasury for CHAP. He has traveled to Liberia two times and is an important piece of all that we do as an organization.
Brian is co-Owner of Elite Coach out of Ephrata, PA and brings the necessary business-minded approach needed to run a successful non-profit organization.
Ashley Woods: Volunteer
Ashley is 20 and has been a "Lancaster Countian" all her life. She spent six months in Mexico through YWAM in the fall of 2010 where she was able to grow in her faith and minister to the community. Ashley attends Community Bible Church. She has never been to Africa and actually found out about our trip after Googling "missions trip to Africa from Lancaster." What an awesome way that God worked to allow for Ashley to join us on this trip!!
"My heart has been for Africa since I was a little girl. I've prayed for years about the opportunity to go and I constantly heard God say, 'wait.' God has called me to be His hands and feet and my response is 'Here I am, send ME!'"
Tim Kreider: Volunteer
Tim is 25 and hails from Lititz, PA. This is Tim's first trip with CHAP International. He was introduced to CHAP through Alisha Heywood.
Tim has been to Ireland, England, France and Canada and has done missions work in the United States. He will be making his first trip to Africa!
We are excited to have Tim join the team and experience Liberia, Africa to the fullest!