Founder and Chad International Director
Jakes work in Africa began in the fall of 2008. He had become a Christian in 2003 during the start of his senior year at Iowa State University. In 2004 married his wife Janel, they had two beautiful children, and were growing in their faith together. With every passing day, something in Jakes heart kept telling him there had to be more to this Christian walk than what he was experiencing.
In the fall of 2008 over labor-day weekend “I got down on my knees and prayed that God would reveal Himself to me and show me what this Jesus thing was really all about. I asked Him how He wanted me to commit my life to Him and what it exactly meant to walk with Christ.” A couple weeks after this prayer Jake was sitting in church one September Sunday and his wife began to weep. She shared with him,“I felt God speaking to me this morning and I think we are supposed to adopt from Africa”.
This was just the beginning of God answering Jakes prayer for Christ to reveal Himself to him on that Labor Day weekend. Within 24 hours Jake was on the phone with his attorney beginning the steps to start a non-profit organization. Jakes first trip to Africa was in February of 2009 and since then he has returned to Africa 3-4 times a year, with the majority of his work residing in Ghana and Chad. Jake and Janel have continuously prayed about how they can care for orphans and widows in Ghana and other countries. The Sullivans have adopted three children from Ghana and over the past few years have had the opportunity to meet many needs in the country. God has revealed to me a great vision, which stems out of Matthew 25:35-36 & 40.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. The King will reply,’Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'”