We are filled with joy and nostalgia as we share the news that Dave Kase, our International Director, will start his well-deserved retirement at the end of 2023. Dave’s exceptional 17 years of dedication to Christ’s Hope have left a lasting mark on the ministry, and we are deeply thankful for his unwavering commitment to the children, staff, donors and partners of this ministry.
Throughout the years, Dave and his wife, Becky, have exemplified our mission incredibly well. While we are saddened to say goodbye to such an invaluable member of the Christ’s Hope team, we also celebrate the new and exciting season that awaits them!
Dave shares, “The last 17 years have been the most purpose-filled years of my life serving alongside the men and women of Christ’s Hope. I am proud and confident in the leadership God has put in place throughout this ministry, and I believe Christ’s Hope is poised to flourish in the years ahead. Psalm 25:4-5 has been a consistent prayer for me, and I pray it now over each of you and over this ministry: ‘Show me your ways oh LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.’ “
Now, we would like to introduce you to Jesse Martin, the new International Director of Christ’s Hope! Jesse officially assumed his role on October 16, 2023. He will work closely with Dave Kase before his retirement at the end of this year.
Jesse is a devoted follower of Jesus Christ and is supported in his mission by his wife, Kendra, and their two children, Judah and Alistair, in Charlottesville, Virginia, where they enjoy working on home projects and spending quality time outdoors.
Jesse has a diverse career background and is extremely passionate about missions. He served as a pastor for over a decade, held leadership roles supporting native and indigenous missionaries globally, and worked as an executive consultant with numerous NGOs and churches. Jesse’s educational background is grounded in Christian studies, and he holds a Graduate Degree in International Development.
In his role as International Director for the ministry of Christ’s Hope, Jesse will oversee and direct the Ministry Countries – Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia, DRC and Eswatini – as well as collaborate and coordinate with the Mobilization Countries – USA, Netherlands, Canada, France, Belgium, Germany, and the UK. Ultimately, Jesse’s responsibilities encompass leading Christ’s Hope and fostering teams in various countries to advance our mission of empowering orphaned and vulnerable children to break the cycles of extreme poverty, AIDS, and spiritual brokenness through family-based care and discipleship in Jesus Christ.
Let’s remember Jesse and Dave in our prayers as they begin new chapters in their lives, and pray that they will continue to keep God at the center of everything they do.
Executive Director, Christ’s Hope USA