MEET THE AMIINA TEAM
Families on Mission Together
Aside from the joy that comes from loving on the least of these, standing in the gap for those in need and being a voice for the voiceless, we find great joy in being on a common mission with our closest friends and family, both near and far! We could not do this without the people we stand shoulder to shoulder with in the trenches. It is our hope that as Amiina continues to grow, our sponsors would catch our vision, join our mission and become family.
Mike & Dede Wielhouwer
Mike and Dede have 4 children. Two biological daughters and two adopted sons from Ethiopia. The call to adoption began through a dream Dede had in 1999 that became a daily prayer catalyst. A phone call in 2002 regarding adopting from Africa became the next clear directive and answer to prayer which God used to finally lead them to their two sons. They brought their boys home in 2004 and 2005.
Much has been birthed since that time, and much more is to come. One seed has multiplied, and we pray for a generation in Uganda and beyond to know Jesus and to make Him known. Amiina!
Jamie & Denise Lemmen
Jamie and Denise have 5 children. They adopted their two boys from Uganda in 2013. They spent 4 months in Uganda during the adoption process and in that challenging yet beautiful time God knit a big part of their hearts to the Ugandan people and opened their eyes to the ripe harvest fields. The Lemmen family is passionate about the expansion of the Kingdom of Jesus and preserving families by empowering them. They bring many gifts to the Amiina Team.
Kevin & Marcy Smith
Kevin and Marcy Smith are blessed with 7 children, 5 biological and 2 adopted from Uganda. Through a short term mission trip in 2007 to South Africa, God opened Kevin and Marcy’s eyes and heart to the poor, oppressed, widow and orphan. Since then they have been to Africa multiple times and each time coming back with joy and love for our African brothers and sisters. It is their passion and call to be a bridge for the global church of Jesus to link arms and serve the fatherless and widows, brining the Hope of Jesus.
Noah & Dani Haverdink
Leadership Team/Strategic Planning
Noah and Dani have 2 precious little boys. They traveled to Kenya a few years back to visit their boy they sponsor through Compassion. Their time in Kenya and meeting their sponsored boy lefted them changed and challenged. They are devoted followers of Jesus with a lot of passion and creativity for advocating for the orphan and widow. They dream big and come with energy and many other gifting that we are excited for.
STEPHEN + MARGARET KAZIIMBA
Archbishop of Uganda and Patron of Amiina Ministries
Bishop Stephen is a Bishop of the Anglican Church in the Mityana District of Uganda. He oversees over 700 churches and 450 schools. He and his wife, Margaret, have 4 grown biological sons. The Bishop met the Wielhouwer family in the States in 2002 and since then their families have shared a deep friendship and partnership in the spread of the Gospel.
The Mityana District where the Bishop lives and serves is very poor. He and his wife have their home full of young people, enfolding them into their family, treating them like family, loving them, supporting them in school fees, food and shelter. They are spiritual parents to many. Stephen is a humble, wise, loving and God-fearing man. He is devoted to Jesus, his family, the community he serves, and to raising up young men and women to love God and others.
REV. ISAAC + ALICE LUBEGA
Director of Child Sponsorship Program
Isaac and Alice are dear friends and wholehearted servants of Jesus. They have three children. Isaac and Alice also have older children living with them whom they love and lead. Alice was a child in the Compassion International sponsorship program for 9 years. She speaks of the great blessing of receiving notes of encouragement with Scripture written from her sponsors. She testifies of the great love she felt from her sponsors. Alice is Director of the Children Sponsorship Program for Amiina Ministries in Uganda. Pastor Isaac works daily with Bishop Stephen Kaziimba, who is his spiritual father and he also assists Alice with the tasks of the sponsorship program. Isaac has a joyful and steadfast heart and he is a dedicated man of God.
REV. GODFREY + ERINAH KYOME
Youth + Widow Ministry
Godfrey and Erinah are examples of passion and steadfastness in Christ. They have three beautiful children. They also are a “parental” support to many other children. Godfrey works at Words of Hope, an affiliate to Words of Hope in Grand Rapids Michigan. Godfrey and Erinah are passionate about working with the orphans and the widow. Godfrey was also part of a sponsorship program that provided school fees so that he had the opportunity to become all that God created him to be.