Jonathan Moyer – President
Every day I wake up, thankful that I was born in Africa, I just wish that everyone else born in Africa could have the same opportunity that I have been given to thrive. The vision became clear to me on a return trip to Africa in 2013. On that trip we met key community leaders with substantial influence within their own tribes. I was given a Maasai name, Saruni, meaning the one who brings help. On that day Afriva Thriving was set into motion. That is when I knew what I was created to do.
There is nothing more exciting than human life. All life requires water and yet some people struggle greatly to find their next drop. Every person on the planet has struggles but none of them are hopeless. Helping others with their struggles is what give us strength to face our own struggles. My hope is that the work of Africa Thriving infects everybody near and far to do something far beyond what we think is possible.
This is the perfect opportunity for me to live out the passion welling up inside of me to help others thrive. After being born and raised in Africa and now living in the United States, I have always lived in a home away from home. Serving on the board of Africa Thriving is an opportunity for me to bring these homes together.
David Varnon – Secretary
I first went to Africa in 2014 when one of my coworkers and good friend invited me to go with a group that he was leading. I have always been drawn to Africa ever since I watched the old John Wayne movie called, “Hatari”. From the first minute of landing in Nairobi, i felt like I was in a movie. I felt a greater sense of living that I had never felt before. I started paying attention to things that matter the most. I have always known about Jesus Christ and even though he seemed like a great guy, I had never made any type of commitment to follow him. Throughout the journey of going to Africa and meeting all of the Maasai people in Kenya, Jesus became real to me and I made a commitment to follow Him.
As a Mechanical Engineer and an entrepreneur, I hope to teach key life skills to the leaders that we work with to help lead them out of poverty so they can thrive. After one trip to Africa, one thing lead to another and now here we are, leading Africa Thriving with the vision that was planted in all of our hearts many years before we even met each other.
David Moyer Jr. – Treasurer
Africa Thriving is an organization that provides opportunity for people from all walks of life to make a positive difference in the lives of those in need. That is why I choose to be a part of this organization. Not only do we work to provide water for communities that desperately need it, we also help provide the living water that Jesus talks about in the Gospel of John chapter 4, verses 10 – 15. How cool is that? Join us, there is room for you!
Bill Keeline – Board Member
I am so honored to serve on the board of Africa Thriving. On my first trip to Africa in 2014, I visited villages and communities that have never experienced clean water. The children where happy and everybody welcomed us with open arms. It made me realize how easy it is to do something small that is a huge blessing to others. I have been very fortunate in my life to have easy access to water on a daily basis. Helping others that are less fortunate is what life is all about. I am excited to encourage others to share the joy of Africa Thriving by participating in our volunteer programs and donating to the cause. I came back from Africa with so much more than I brought. You can too!
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Scott Kirk – Board Member
For ten years I had the privilege of serving the Lord as a church planter in northern California. In this ministry I was able to watch God work through His church to bring healing and wholeness to lives and a community one person at a time. Having been to Africa multiple times now, I am honored and excited to see how God can work through His church on the other side of the globe.
John 10:10 – “I find great joy in the fact that God loves me and wants me to experience “life at its best” with Him. God has placed within me a passion to invest in the lives of leaders who will develop an ever expanding network of church planting churches, communities, and friendships that help people experience the life-changing love of Jesus and discover His ultimate purpose for their lives.”
Bonniface Kinyanjui – Director of Kenya Operations
I first met the Moyer family in 2006 when I was their Safari driver to Amboseli and Maasai Mara in Kenya. As a safari driver it is always a much better experience when the people I am hosting have a love for Africa and it’s people. I quickly learned that the passion that the Moyer family has for Africa is something special. The family first moved to Africa in 1972 and Jonathan was born in Africa. It is rare that I meet people that love Africa as much as I do but not long after I met the Moyers, I knew that God had put us together for a reason.
The vision for Africa Thriving to bring food, water and Bibles to communities in need is something that I have always felt led to do. I am honored to be the Director of the Operations for the organization in Kenya and I welcome you to come to Kenya and help us make Africa Thrive!
Daniel Soope – Field Director for Maasailand
When I was a young boy I went exploring one day and found myself lost in the wilderness. I could not find the way back to my Maasai village. It began to get dark and I was getting afraid. I found a dog that I started following and when the dog stopped to rest under a tree, I also went to sleep under the tree.
My father and the elders at my village sent Maasai warriors out to search for me. They found my footsteps and started tracking me. I spent 3 nights in the wilderness with the dog that had become my protector. As they were following my footprints in the sand they found footprint of a lion walking on the same path. When the trackers found me, I was asleep under a tree with a lion.
I was so young that I had never seen a lion before and I thought that it was a dog. After that day, I was given the name, Daniel. All of the elders new that God had protected me from the lions so that I will grow up to be a strong leader for our Maasai people. When I met Jonathan, I gave him the name, Saruni, which means, the one who brings help. I know that God has plans to use Africa Thriving and our leaders to help Africa Thrive!