US Director: Britainy Sholl
Britainy first had her heart broken for the street children of Ethiopia during a short term mission trip to Addis Ababa in June of 2011. Since then she has become passionate about doing her part as an obedient Christ follower in making a difference in the lives of these children. Britainy served as Vice Chair of our board for two years before coming on staff. Britainy and her husband, Kevin, reside in Collierville, TN. They have two kids, Grant and Claire, and also foster infants for Life Choices. As a member of Central Church, Britainy has been active in inner city ministry work, mentors with One By One Ministries, and has served African refugees in Memphis.
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Field Director and Co-Founder: Joe Bridges
Joe and his wife, Karyn, are really just ordinary people who have fallen in love with the people of Ethiopia, especially the children. After experiencing the site of thousands of children living on the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia firsthand in 2006, they helped start The Forsaken Children, Inc. (TFC), which exists to bring lasting hope to Ethiopia through these, Ethiopia’s street children. Joe and Karyn have a passion for partnering with Ethiopian ministries to carry out this task and have loved doing so! Most importantly, Joe and Karyn fully recognize that The Forsaken Children and their Ethiopian partners are not these children’s savior, but they know who is and aim to direct those whom God puts in TFC’s care to Jesus. The loves of their lives are their three kiddos – Jack, McLaine, and Silas!
Bookeeper/Treasurer: Kara Moses
Kara is a founding board member for The Forsaken Children. She came to love the ministry of TFC and gained a passion for their vision through her relationship with Karyn Bridges. As her best friend, Karyn would share all the stories from her time in Ethiopia that broke Kara’s heart. In response to her brokenness, Kara desired to find a way to help Joe and Karyn with their ministry and was ultimately invited to be on the board. Having previously worked for a non-profit, Kara immediately took on trying to help with bookkeeping and anything she had former experience with. That helpfulness eventually turned into Kara officially taking on an administrative role with TFC in 2009. Kara lives in Memphis, TN and lives with her awesome husband, Johnpaul and their two daughters. Alyssa is their oldest and is quite the artist. Kelsey is their young entertainer, singing and dancing all the time. Kara is a home schooling mom and part time administrator for TFC. The Moses family attends Central Church.
Communications Assistant: Lisa Conley
With a heart for reaching, loving and serving the nations toward Christ, Lisa served as a member of a local Memphis-area church staff for over 10 years, advocating for and supporting missionaries and missional causes. Through her time in that capacity, she came to know and love The Bridges family, and the work of TFC. She and her husband Joel have been blessed with four beautiful children. As a mom, and follower of Christ, Lisa’s heart has been stirred and broken for those children who are alone and vulnerable on the streets of Ethiopia. Lisa and her family are active in local inner-city ministry, and are members of Harvest Church.
Chairman: Heather McGugan
In June 2010, Heather and her husband, Kelly traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on a short term mission trip. For just over a week, they were able to invest with The Forsaken Children’s Ethiopian team, Onesimus, and therefore fall in love with the children and community it serves. Since their first experience in Ethiopia, the McGugans have jumped in with both feet to serve The Forsaken Children and ultimately the street children of Ethiopia. Heather served as a board member for 2 years before taking a 2 year leave of absence and has now returned to the board as Chairman. Kelly spent several years serving as the Volunteer Sports Ministry Coordinator, board member, and has led multiple trips back to Ethiopia – both of them working hard to advocate “lasting hope for Ethiopia”. Heather and her family live in Collierville, TN with their son, Kyler, baby Declan on the way, and two furbabies, and attend Central Church.