Our Roots

Our foundation is Jesus Christ and the Word of God. The seed for Planting Hope Global was planted in 1985 when Crystal was only five years old. She was watching cartoons on T.V. one day when she noticed the commercials. Non-profit organizations were reaching out for aid to feed starving children during the Ethiopian famine. This marked her and she cried out, "Lord, send me!" dedicating herself to serve as a missionary when she grew up.

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Crystal and her father Pastor Carl King

Crystal aka “Mama Crystal” grew up in central Kentucky and was strongly influenced by the missional heart of her minister father. In 2016 Crystal was part of a small team of seven missionaries who evacuated more than one hundred children out of the war zone of South Sudan. In 2018 she founded Planting Hope Global and returned to Africa to work among South Sudanese refugees living in Northern Uganda.

Our Mission

Planting Hope Global exists to educate and equip Christian leaders in developing countries to alleviate spiritual and material poverty in their communities

Meet Our Faithful Leaders

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Ken and Crystal Hess

Founder of Planting Hope Global

In 2016 Crystal was part of a small team of seven missionaries who evacuated more than one hundred children out of the war zone of South Sudan. In 2018 she founded Planting Hope Global and returned to Africa to work among South Sudanese refugees living in Northern Uganda.

 

Our Uganda Team

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Pastor Isaac William

Assistant Director of Planting Hope Global in Imvepi Refugee Settlement

Pastor Isaac fled the war zone in South Sudan in 2016. In 2017 he planted Imvepi House of Prayer church in Imvepi refugee settlement, located in Northern Uganda. In these early stages, Crystal began partnering with him to see his vision come to pass. Pastor Isaac currently oversees the Planting Hope Global programs for refugees. He also provides foster care for eight orphans and has a thriving evangelistic ministry using the Planting Hope Global motorcycle to spread the Gospel wherever he goes.

 

Our U.S. Team

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Angela Bledsoe

Ambassador

Angela ministers alongside her husband as the children's ministry pastor at Renovate Church in Dade City, Florida. She has her degree in graphic design and works as a brand and motion graphics designer. Angela is an ambassador for Planting Hope Global, representing the organization in central Florida

 
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Amy Adkins

Ambassador

Amy Nitschke - Adkins is the First Lady of Family Tabernacle Church of God. She has a sincere passion for helping women, young girls, and new Christians realize their true potential through Jesus Christ.  Amy has recently been impressed by the Holy Spirit to join Planting Hope Global’s volunteer team. Her goal is to share the message of hope through Jesus to the nations.  

In addition to being the First Lady, she is a nationally certified Sign-Language Interpreter, school teacher, and mom to her three children, Elijah, Sophia, and Stella. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master’s degree from the University of the Cumberlands

 
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Lori Carter

As a recognized business leader, Ms. Carter has over 25 years of operations and talent acquisition management experience. She has successfully assisted business owners in developing workflows and business processes, implementing information systems, and creating business development strategies. Additionally, Ms. Carter has owned and operated Vesper Wave Solutions, a boutique recruiting firm, for over 13 years.  She provides recruiting services that hire mission-critical personnel to staff complex engineering,  information technology, and business operation government contracts.

Ms. Carter is passionate about serving the needs of underrepresented individuals. She creates job readiness curriculums, mentors youth, and young adults, and supports initiatives to increase the representation of veterans, people of color, the elderly, and socially disadvantaged individuals. 

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Ahliyah Gavin-Griggs

Graphic Designer & Social Media Manager

Born in Georgia and now residing in Central Virginia, Ahliyah is a graphic designer, social media manager, and lover of Christ. She received her M.F.A from East Tennessee State University. There, she studied Brand and Media Strategy. Ahliyah enjoys drawing, painting, and reading. She joined the team in January 2021. She has provided her services in developing the company’s logo and graphic elements as well as coordinating with the team’s web developer in designing our site. You can contact Ahliyah at ahliyahgavin14@gmail.com.

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Edward Griggs

Web Developer & IT Specialist

Edward “Eddie” Griggs is an artist from Richmond, Virginia. He enjoys making pottery and taking photos In his spare time. Eddie joined the Planting Hope Global team in March of 2021 to create and develop the Planting hope global website! If you have any questions or need help please reach out to him at ejg7cc@gmail.com or 276-701-1863

Join Our Team

Become an Ambassador

Are you looking for a way to make an impact? We depend on passionate ambassadors who share the vision of Planting Hope Global with local churches and organizations. It is as simple as giving your spare time to share the website and other resources with others so that we can grow. With your efforts, we can provide hope and help to so many more people than we already are! If you are interested please fill out our contact information form and we will be in touch with you soon.

Host an ambassador

Is your church looking for a way to make a difference? We have passionate ambassadors who would love to come to speak with your pastor and small groups. Together we can do so much to fight hopelessness and hunger in our world. We invite your church to learn more about how to make a global impact by meeting with one of our ambassadors. For more information and to see if we have someone in your area please fill out our contact information form and we will be in touch with you soon!

Interested? Join our team today!

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