Thank You, Katie!March 12, 2013 by Diana Coombs
At the end of 2012 we said farewell to Katie Cook as she transitioned out of ELI to focus on community development in her neighborhood. We were very sad to see her go. She has been a huge part of ELI serving as the Short Term Team Ministry Coordinator and then the Community Engagement Coordinator. Katie was first introduced to ELI 4 years ago when she invited ELI to be a beneficiary of her non-profit business, Africa Hope, which sold t-shirts to benefit charities working in Africa. We were so drawn in by her compassionate heart, creativity and energy that we needed to have her as our new Short Term Team Ministry Coordinator. She did a great job preparing teams and interns serving in ELI, Kenya. Her care for people has been evident to so many as she spent her time to listen to people’s concerns, answer questions, train and pray for each person. There are many who can say she was more than a coordinator, but, she was a friend and mentor.
After spending her first 3 years with ELI as the Short Term Team Ministry Coordinator, Katie passed on her role to a new ELI staff member (Lori Eaton) and took on the exciting role as Community Engagement Coordinator. Katie has been a catalyst in spreading the word about ELI’s ministries to schools, churches and other groups. Her passion for the poor coupled with creative ideas has engaged hundreds of men, women and children throughout the USA to take action and make a difference in lives across the world. Many would not know about the plight of children in the slum of Bukavu, DR Congo and how they can help these children receive an education if it were not for Katie. She brought Change for Life (link), an interactive program she took in to schools and churches to teach people about the typical life of a child in DR Congo and the hard decisions children are forced to make. Thousands of meals were raised by children in the USA through Katie sharing. She has been a voice for the voiceless and we are so grateful for how she has spread the word about what God is doing for the poor in Africa and how we can make a difference.
Thank you so, much Katie, for your love, dedication, passion, energy, and joy in serving our Lord and Savior, Jesus and the men, women and children in Africa and here in the USA. We are grateful for you and the time we had with you at ELI.
Katie Cook and her husband are moving to Asia in April to love and serve women who have come out of sex-trafficking. If you would like to read more about Katie’s next adventures, visit her Blog: http://hopeengaged.blogspot.com/