Amazima is thrilled to announce its newest Western staff family- The Hutchesons!
John Mark has a bachelor's degree in Social Work and a Master's of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has over a decade of experience within the ministry as a youth pastor, senior pastor, and church planter. He has been involved in mission work in various places in the United states as well as international mission work in Brazil and India. John Mark has multiple years of experience teaching students and teenagers in a Classical Christian Academic setting.
Dr. Karen has a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She has over a decade of professional experience working with children and families. She has a wide range of experience in areas of child development, relationship-based traumas, and adoption psychological services, including psychological evaluation. Karen also provides clinical consultation and training in orphan care settings domestically and internationally.
John Mark and Karen felt called to mission work during their teenage years and have always known that they would not live in America their entire lives. Karen became involved in working with undeserved populations, foster care, and adoption related clinical work during her graduate studies. They have always been open to international missions. They state that Uganda was a great fit for their experience and skill set.
"We are both excited about the mission and vision of Amazima. We are humbled to be a part of the ministry and look forward to contributing and sharing our knowledge and expertise in training and equipping Ugandan staff."
John Mark states that he is looking forward to learning the language and culture. He is also looking forward to teaching, training, and discipling staff members through cultivating genuine, deep relationships and seeing the Gospel at work in people's lives.
Karen is looking forward to helping to implement much needed psychosocial care to children and families.
"I am looking forward to helping form an identity in all of our Amazima children that is firmly grounded in the amazingly wonderful grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ."
We are beyond thrilled to work alongside this amazing family and have already been so blessed by their vast amount of experience, education, and talents. Please keep their family in your prayers as they transition into a new culture and seek to spread Christ's love alongside us here in Uganda!