Director: Brandon Stiver

Brandon Stiver grew up on the central coast of California and has been at work in orphan care in Tanzania since 2010. Originally, working at a Christian orphanage for a couple years, Brandon realized that even the best of institutions fall dramatically short of meeting the child’s deepest and most intimate needs. Brandon’s deepest desire for Kingdom Families is to continue seeing orphaned, vulnerable and abandoned children restored to God’s first construct, the family. Brandon lives in Moshi, Tanzania with his wife, Melissa and their three children.

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Director: Melissa Stiver

Melissa Stiver grew up on the Central Coast of California and first began to engage in missions and global orphan care in 2008. With a degree in Early Childhood Development, Melissa loves to see children thriving, growing, and learning in both school and in the home. Melissa is also very passionate about creativity, turning local, everyday items found in town or the market, into beautiful, unique pieces for the home. Melissa comes up with creative ideas and strategies to help bring clear direction and vision to Kingdom Families. Melissa has lived in Moshi, Tanzania since 2011 with her husband Brandon and their 3 children.

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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.

2018 Interns

Kingdom Families is currently accepting applications for Summer 2018. If you have a heart for orphan care in Africa, we’d love to receive your application. Responsibilities would include generating media content, working with missionaries, supporting conferences and pastors and joining family strengthening initiatives in local communities. Discipleship is a key component as the Kingdom Families intern goes deeper in understanding who God is as “a Father to the fatherless.”