We are Tim, Genessa, Benja and Izzy Newberry. Simply put we are an ordinary family living out this amazing journey called life under the grace of an extraordinary God. Our calling in life is based on Psalm 82:3–4 “Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people”. This is our true religion! God has called us to enter into relationship with the people around us, and all over the world. He has called us to love them, to serve them, to show them God’s love and to adopt their orphans as our own.
In November of 2009 God placed the call on our hearts to enter into a relationship with the people of Africa and to adopt two orphaned Ugandan children into our family. On April 11th, 2011 we tucked our two little ones into their new beds for the first time. From that day forward our perspective on the harsh reality that exists in the lives of countless African children changed forever. Our family was now “half Ugandan” and our accountability to the people of Africa became as important to us as serving our local communities here in America.
So, after 6 years of serving on staff at Keypoint Church in Bentonville, Arkansas, our direction changed. We began questioning whether moving to Africa was our next step; and reached out to friends and mentors for advice. Chris Marlow was one of those friends.
We have grown in our relationship with Chris and Help One Now over the past few years, through leading short-term missions to Uganda and Haiti; and Genessa’s leadership in the fight against Human Trafficking. We have always shared Help One Now’s vision to empower local leaders to be catalysts of transformation in their communities, as well as their passion to fight Human Trafficking. When we learned that someone was needed to run Help One Now’s operations in Africa, the answer became obvious. We began making preparations to transition our family to Uganda and join the Help One Now Tribe.
Now, after several months of fundraising and preparation, we are ready to go. On February 20th, our family will set foot on African red dirt as we return to the place that captured our hearts. We are honored to carry out the Help One Now Mission to come alongside local leaders as they transform their communities, recruit new local leaders, and help tell their stories along the way.
Anticipating adventures and challenges still to come!