Message from the Kiprops

Dear Friend,

Thank you for visiting us at Hope Matters International! It has been an exciting year as we've witnessed God's faithfulness in launching this organization. However, the vision for the ministry began in our hearts long before this year, and we'd like to share that story with you.

As a couple, we first met in 2004. Over the course of our courtship, we shared our hopes and dreams for making a difference in Africa. William had grown up in the highlands of Kenya and knew poverty and suffering first-hand. He was blessed during his teen years to find hope in Christ.

Michelle, originally from California, had first visited Africa in 1995 on a mission trip to Mozambique. While there, she experienced a minor injury. God used that event in her life to open her eyes to the incredible medical needs faced by millions of men, women, and children across the continent. She realized that as an American, she had the ability to travel to receive great medical care, but that there were Africans with life-threatening conditions that had nowhere to turn. At that time she knew she would one day return to Africa to not only bring the hope of Christ, but also as a medical practitioner to spread God's love and message of hope through physical and emotional healing.

We were married in 2007 and our son Ryan joined our family in 2011. After a number of years of service with Empowering Lives International, we felt God moving us to launch a holistic and sustainable ministry that would touch and impact the entire person through healthcare and community development.

As a family, our hearts are united to bring hope to Africa through impacting body, mind and spirit. William brings a background in community development and agriculture, while Michelle has medical and community health expertise as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Public Health Nurse.

We believe that regardless of one's circumstances, there is always hope. Even on the darkest night, God's light burns vividly as a candle of hope in the deepest darkness. It is our ambition to allow that hope to shine brightly through the ministry of Hope Matters. Because we believe that Hope. Really. Does. Matter.

We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. - Romans 5:3-5


Holding onto His Promises,

William and Michelle Kiprop