Directors: Brandon and Melissa Stiver
Brandon and Melissa Stiver are originally from California and have been involved in orphan care in Tanzania since 2010. Originally, working at a Christian orphanage for a couple years, the Stivers realized that even the best of institutions fall dramatically short of meeting the child’s deepest and most intimate needs. The Stivers lead Kingdom Families out of a deep desire to see orphaned, vulnerable and abandoned children restored to God’s first construct, the family.
Social Worker: Glory Samba
Glory Samba joined Kingdom Families in April 2017. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the Institute of Social Work in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Through Kingdom Families, Glory manages cases of vulnerable children and families in Moshi. Her case load includes family preservation, kinship care and reunification. She is also the primary liaison between Kingdom Families and the Department of Social Welfare. Glory was born and raised in Moshi.
Communications Coordinator: Calvin Matowo
Calvin Matowo joined the Kingdom Families team in February 2017. Calvin has a diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from Arusha Journalism Training College. He coordinates media disbursement and translation for speaking, literature and newspaper initiatives for Kingdom Families in Tanzania. He is also involved with pastors within communities where Kingdom Families is invested. Calvin is a Kilimanjaro native and lives in Moshi.
Intern: Reya Martinez
Reya Martinez is from Texas and on our team as an intern for summer 2017. Reya is currently studying at Texas A&M University and has previous experience doing short term missions in orphan care. She has assisted in children’s ministries in Moshi as well as storytelling and media generation for Kingdom Families. We’re excited to have her on board and you can read more about her on the Kingdom Families blog, by clicking here.