Mandy is a wife and mother to 3 beautiful children, ages 4, 5, and 7. She started to learn more about Heart for Africa through the Village Christian Church and was interested in raising awareness for Heart for Africa through her triathlons. She was also going to help others fundraise to go to Africa, then learned that there was one spot left for the November 2017 trip. She decided to join in and start helping other organizations fundraise using Khutsala keychains and ornaments. She is blessed that God has laid out a path for her to be able to serve on the Heart for Africa team.
Designing For Hope - Where Creativity and Passion Meet Purpose
Sharla's love of jewelry began in her uncle's jewelry store. From the time she was a little girl, she loved looking at the beautiful pieces, wathching him behind his jeweler's bench and listening to him laugh with his customers. She never imagined that one day she would forge a similar path.
Since 2007, Sharla has made 9 trips to Swaziland, to serve with Heart for Africa. It was after her 4th trip, in 2010, that she was inspired to return to her passion for jewelry design to earn the money to keep returning to Swaziland.
On her early trips Sharla served primarily in the communities, but now plans her trips to work with the Khutsala Artisans to design jewelry and to teach them new skills. She loves metal work and has found her niche in pewter casting and artistic stamping. She looks forward to many other trips to work with the artisans and to visit with the amazing people of Project Canaan.
Maggie first traveled on a trip with Heart for Africa in 2007 and immediately fell in love with the children. Her mother, Donna Taylor, was one of the Trip Coordinators for Heart for Africa which opened up great opportunities for Maggie to volunteer and for the next six years all of her friends knew where they could find her in the summer months…across the Atlantic, among some of her favorite people. When she was in high school, she was honored with the chance to go with Janine Maxwell to Taiwan where she spoke about students getting involved with volunteer work. When the time came for college, she chose a degree in graphic design in hopes that one day God would use her gifts to somehow help the hurting in this world. She graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta in 2013 at the top of her class and dove headfirst into her first job the day after graduation.
Overtime she immersed herself in the world of design, doing anything from print layout for posters and books to website creation and digital marketing. While always thankful for her work, Maggie never felt she had great purpose in what she was doing but knew God had her where she was meant to be in each season. When a position with Heart for Africa became available she jumped at the opportunity and has never felt more at home in her work. She finally gets to create and serve alongside people with the same heart and passion for helping those in Eswatini.
Maggie lives in a small town in the North Georgia Mountains with her husband and best friend, Ray, and their two remarkable sons, Gunnar and Barrett.
Lisa lives in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and is married to Shay. They have 3 beautiful children: Hanna, Cameron and Chayton. Lisa made her first trip to Swaziland in July of 2013. She loves the vision of Project Canaan. She is thankful for the opportunity to play a small part in God's plan through Heart for Africa and to work alongside a team that is truly changing the world.