Since she was a young girl, Tess has known about God. As a child, she attended a mission school where she encountered other young girls with a passion for following Jesus. But, without someone to continue to nurture her spiritual growth, Tess fell back into old habits. In college, with a newfound freedom, and the unexpected death of her father, she found herself sinking deeper into sin. Drinking, partying, and drug abuse was a way of escaping her current reality and her loss. It was in this season that she was invited by a friend to newhope Thika Town in Kenya.
“I remember walking up to the church with my daughter Tracy, and being welcomed by Pastor Gloria. The worship instantly ministered to me and began softening my heart and reminding me of God’s love, which He proved by sending His son Jesus to pay for my sins and bear my shame by dying on the cross.”