Carter Strand

Central African Republic International Director

Carter grew up in Iowa, where he currently resides with his wife and two children.  He served four years in the US Navy as a helicopter air crewman in Hawaii and he holds a marketing degree from the University of Northern Iowa.  His first visit to CAR came in 2011 as an exploratory  visit to determine the extent of the orphan crisis in the country.  After witnessing the situation, he decided to open Jonathan’s House for Orphans in the Central African Republic.  He accepted the first child to the orphanage on a work trip in 2012, and we’ve seen rapid growth since then.  Carter is  hopeful that the need for orphan care in CAR will someday no longer exist.  Unfortunately, the need continues to increase.  Carter takes one or two annual trips to CAR, and he’s very thankful for the hard work of our staff at the orphanage, Christian School, medical clinic, and school lunch program.