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Our Approach

Our Mission + VISION

Our mission, which is founded on Mark 16:15,  is to empower the people of east Africa spiritually, educationally, and economically. We envision a world where everyone deserves the same opportunity no matter their location.

Our Story

Our Story

Acacia of Hope was founded in 2012 by a group of world changers from Wapakoneta, Ohio. Today, our desire to change the world has spread across the country.

Our name comes from the sacred African Acacia tree.  Far away, its breathtaking silhouette displays Africa’s beauty, while its thorns show Africa’s strength. Acacia of Hope wants to continue that beauty and strength by sharing God’s love and giving opportunities to those in Kenya, most notably in Kibera.

Meet the Team

Our mission is ran by a variety of people in American and Kenya. Together, we make a difference.

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MelissA ODIRA

Founder & Executive Director

Odira holds a bachelor and masters degree in Education. She has been been doing ministry in Africa for more than 15 years. She enjoys reading books on the beach and sleeping in.  In her free time she enjoys playing with her daughter.

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Dan Oloo

Team Member

Oloo is passionate about people and ministry. He enjoys spending time with his three beautiful children and having fellowship with others. He desires to see all people rely on Jesus and come to know Him more deeply.

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AYUB LEONARD

Team Member

Leonard is a pastor and head principal of K.A.G. Olympic. He and his beautiful wife have three children. His passions include sharing Christ and riding his motorbike. He has a desire to see everyone know the Lord.

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BERNADINE ROHDES

 President

Rohdes holds a degree in Human Resources and has been working in the non-profit sector for over eight years. She enjoys all things outdoors but most of all loves hiking the hills and mountains of her home state of West Virginia.

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Michael Baeumel

Vice President

Michael is a life long resident of Ohio, is happily married to his wife Joy, and has two adult daughters, a stepson in College, and enjoys playing with his 2 grandchildren. Michael loves woodworking, drag racing, and serving his Lord.

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kodi moser

Treasurer

She and her husband have three wonderful children. She enjoys photography, scrapbooking and spending  time outdoors.  She is passionate about serving the Lord wherever He leads.

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Laura Schwartz

Secretary

Schwartz is a proud mother of three remarkable children and one extraordinary grandson along with her husband, Brent.  Schwartz is also active in Celebrate Recovery. She loves Jesus and desires to share that love with everyone.

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Scott Miller

Director

Scott is a pastor at Harvest Baptist Church. He and his wife Kelly been married for years. They have two children, Sydney and Cal, and one grandchild. Scott has a passion for sports and sharing Christ with others.

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Laura Heitz

Director

Laura not only is a follower of Christ and active in ministry, but previously lived in Africa as a missionary for many years. Her knowledge and experience with missions in Africa is invaluable.

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