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International Director





Christ’s Hope International (CHI) Is approximately a $2 million global organization with seven ministry countries—Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, and Uganda—and seven mobilizing/fundraising countries—US, United Kingdom, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, France, and Belgium. CHI exists to empower orphaned and vulnerable children to break the cycles of extreme poverty, AIDS, and spiritual brokenness through family-based care and discipleship in Jesus Christ.


The International Director serves as chief executive to CHI and, in partnership with the International Board, is responsible for the success of CHI. Together, the International Board and the International Director, assure CHI’s relevance to the community, the accomplishment of the vision and mission, and the accountability of CHI to all stakeholders.

The International Board delegates responsibility for the management and day-to-day operations of CHI to the International Director, and he/she has the authority to carry out these responsibilities, in accordance with the direction, policies and procedures established by the International Board. The International Director supports the International Board in achieving its governance and accountability functions.



In a small town in Namibia, Africa, Jos and Sylvia Holtzhausen faced a burdening dilemma. They had many years serving with Youth for Christ. They felt the call to launch a ministry that focused on HIV and AIDS affected children and families. As an answer to that call, they established Christ’s Hope International in 2003.


Since 2003, Christ’s Hope has grown from serving in one country to seven.  Today they serve approximately 2,000 AIDS-affected orphaned and vulnerable children, helping these children remain in families through their Ministry CarePoint model, which provides support physically, academically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially.

After 15 years of dedicated service to the Lord and His mission, Jos Holtzhausen stepped down from his position as International Team Leader and David Kase became the new International Director of Christ’s Hope International in 2018. In 2023, David will be retiring from this position.


Within sub-Saharan Africa, CHI works mainly with orphaned and vulnerable children living in extreme poverty, often on the edge of local society. Many of the children live in slums without one or both parents. Family life may be severely disrupted due to the impact of persistent poverty, unemployment, chronic illness, and AIDS.


The aim is to help the children live successfully in the local community by:

  • securing care and shelter within a family

  • enhancing personal well-being and health

  • ensuring access to education and schooling

  • providing opportunities to build positive social relationships

  • participation in a Christian community

The work of CHI takes place primarily within our Care Points, where the child is supported through regular attendance for about 8 - 12 hours per week. These are centres where children meet to receive personal care and educational support from trained local workers.


The CarePoint Model provides:

  • food and nutrition

  • access to medical care

  • educational tuition and support in learning linked to the local school curriculum, including:

  • basic skills of literacy, numeracy, and communication

  • social and life skills

  • vocational skills

  • counseling and mentoring

  • opportunity to make friends and socialise

The CarePoint programme enables children to:

  • live within a stable family environment and become active members of their local community

  • complete secondary schooling and fulfil their educational potential

  • have the skills needed to enter employment

  •  lead healthy lifestyles

  • develop Christian faith and become active members of a local church


They focus on the neediest children; AIDS Affected, orphaned, in extreme poverty.

They strive to keep children with their families (whether that is a parent, aunt, uncle, or grandparent) and in their communities. They do this so that each child will be with a loved one and will be able to take what they learn at their CarePoint and spread it to those around them.

They focus on the child/sponsor relationship. They do this via regular communications and the opportunity to visit thesponsored child!

Each child is given personal care by a personal CareGiver. They work with their group of children and have a continuous growing relationship with the child. Caregivers even do child home visits to know exactly what each individual child’s family and home life look like and what their biggest needs are.

Just like the special relationship a sponsor has with their sponsored child; entire churches can have that same special bond with a whole CarePoint of children being sponsored by one church! They don’t only partner with individuals, but churches can participate and fill up sponsorships for individual CarePoints!

They are developing a long-term, sustainable approach to ministry involving fundraising in Africa, moving away from dependency, and employing local people to manage and deliver care giving.


Christ’s Hope International is celebrating 20 years of ministry to children in sub-Saharan Africa. The team CHI has ambitious plans to grow over the next five years. A pioneering stage of development is now being followed by a time of strengthening in the organisation’s leadership, infrastructure, and the quality of the programme in CarePoints. The organisation is building a strong platform from which to grow further and extend the range and depth of ministry. The mission and vision of CHI remains strong and unwavering.


The best way to describe the present culture of CHI is excited about the future. The International Board wants to ensure both high quality and sustained growth in support for children in after school and other care programs whilst focusing on the execution and delivery of key strategic priorities through well-coordinated business plans, and systematic action planning.


Therefore, the International Board is looking for an enthusiastic and committed Christian who will lead and manage strategic development, business planning and the international operations of CHI. The ID is supported by a team of senior staff which, he/she will directly manage. Because of this, highly developed leadership and management skills are required, alongside an ability to work successfully with a wide range of people within multicultural environments.


The International Director should be collaborative, team orientated, and have excellent social skills to create successful working relationships in a multi-cultural environment with people from many different backgrounds. It will be very important that the ID ensures an open, participative, and consultative approach to decision-making. Words like Leader, Strategic Planning, Team Developer, Visionary, Executor describe this individual.