In Spring 2009, Will went to Kenya on a mission trip with NewSpring Church. During this time God placed a passion in his heart for foreign mission. Over the next three and half years Will and Kelly asked God to reveal His plan to them. In the Fall of 2012, God told Will to resign from his job at church with no other immediate plan. Within a week, a 10 week missions school, Harvest School with Iris Ministries in Mozambique, was put on the table. During Harvest School, they lived on a base among hundreds of children who had once been commonly known as orphans, but now found their identity in Christ.
I knew Kelly from my time at NewSpring Church and had the opportunity to meet with Will and share stories before they left for Mozambique. We stayed in touch during their time at Harvest School. Then around week 8, God called Will and Kelly separately, but identically, to Kimbilio. They were each given a vision for a home where abandoned children will come and find a refuge. They will have a childhood, but most importantly, they will be introduced to their Father.
Will is in charge of Kimbilio Operations. Will is passionate about leadership and relationships. He sees how leadership affects everything and how to develop a culture. God has placed the government on his heart as part of his ministry. He will help hire and lead our American and Kenyan staff that works at Kimbilio, along with building relationships with the government, and managing systems and procedures. Will is an incredible videographer and will produce video for Choose to Invest that tells the story of how God is moving. Kelly is in charge of Kimbilio Care. Kelly loves being a mom and loves moms. She will spend most of her time loving on our direct care staff, discipling them, and teaching them how to be moms. She has an incredible heart for discipleship and developing things like Bible studies, games, fun activities, etc. to do with the children and employees at Kimbilio. Kelly was an art major and loves using natural resources and is excited to use this with Kimbilio. Will and Kelly will also spend time building relationships in area where we will build Kimbilio’s permanent facility.
We are so excited for Will, Kelly, and Liam to be a part of Choose to Invest. God has given me in incredible connection with the Rodes that I cannot even explain. I cannot wait to see how God uses them in Kenya.
Be sure to check out the Kimbilio staff page to hear more from the Rodes and the Kimbilio interns.
Director of Kimbilio Project