Alissa lives in the United States and is executive director of Arise Africa. She first visited Africa in 2005 and worked as a photographer taking photos for multiple aid organizations. After working on a photo book project for 5 months in Zambia, Alissa felt a need to give back more than images. With the overwhelming generosity and support from others, Alissa and board member John Rosacker founded Arise Africa. Alissa has known and worked with our Zambian team for years. She runs all operations state side from organizing teams, projects, and fundraising. Alissa makes 3 to 4 trips a year to Zambia. Alissa and her husband, Asher, live in Fort Worth.
Interesting Fact About Alissa: "I am left handed."
Funniest Thing about working with Zambians: "Our Zambian staff now fully understands scarcasm after working with me. I also find it rather entertaining at how terrible a dancer they think I am. Clearly they just don't know amazing talent when they see it."
Dream For Arise Africa: "I have so many dreams I don't know where to start. I think my biggest dream is that we always play the role of helping people live to their potential that God created them for. But I never want to forget that the most important thing we can do is tell them about Jesus and the Lord who loves them. I dream about watching kids that we help graduate from college or seeing them succeed in life. I also dream about our staff working in the roles and positions and having the lives they have always prayed for. I dream about communities learning God's truth through pure love and relationships we can build."
Faith works with Alissa and handles the Child Sponsorhsip program in America. She is in charge of communicating to current sponsors about their children and sending out reports. She also works to get more children sponsored in the program. Faith is also in charge of working with sponsors in the Arise Homes and ensuring they know what is going on with their children.
Interesting Fact About Faith: "I had never been to Africa before working here."
Funniest Thing about working with Zambians: “The funniest thing about working with Zambians is realizing how funny Americans are. The things they notice about us make me re-think what we consider ‘normal.’ For example, the bank that Alissa’s husband works for was getting torn down for new offices to be built. She sent pictures to our staff of the building being torn down. One of our Zambians who had visited Texas a few months earlier and has gone to the bank said, "‘goodbye to that tube that used to suck things out of your car and into the bank." I laughed so hard and then thought, "Oh wait… ya that is weird."Dream For Arise Africa: "My prayer for Arise Africa is that we would be able to show the love of Christ to the people we come into contact with everyday. Not only these sweet kids in Zambia, but in our U.S. office, with our sponsors, and with our staff. I pray that through the proclamation of the gospel, The Lord would use us as a tool to change not only lives, but communities as well."