Gregory, Latoya & Ethan McClerkin
In November 2007 on his first mission trip to Southern Sudan, Greg felt a strong desire to quit his secular job and return to Sudan as a full-time missionary. For two and a half years he lived in a tent, travelled by foot, and was even unjustly and severely beaten. During this time, Greg coordinated the construction of three Hope4Sudan compounds to serve the Southern Sudanese people. In 2010, Greg left the field for a short time of missions training at SAFARI (Semester Abroad For A Radial Impact) in South Africa. It was there where he officially joined IPHC World Missions Ministries (WMM). WMM requested him to go and coordinate the Clinic and Training/Conference Centre building project in Maputo, Mozambique. While in South Africa, Greg met his lovely wife, Latoya, became engaged and later married in November 2011. On completion of the Mozambique project, Greg desired to return to Southern Sudan and fulfill his call to work with the Sudanese people. In spring of 2012, he and Latoya returned to his ministry with Hope4Sudan where he resumed his role as Ministry Director in Southern Sudan. During 2013, Greg managed the completion of a massive building project in Kapoeta that began in April and was completed in December. In Spring 2014, Greg, Latoya and their infant son, Ethan returned to the U.S in order to raise more funding. They have been back in South Sudan since October 2015.
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Lauren went to Sudan with a mission team for the first time in November of 2007. Although she had previously been involved in numerous missions teams and seen a lot of places in need, her heart was completely unprepared for the desperate situation of the people she encountered on that trip. Lauren told God she didn’t have a clue how or know what to do, but she knew she felt God touch her heart and committed with His help and direction to do whatever was in her power to do. From that commitment, Hope4Sudan was born. Lauren says Hope4Sudan is a perfect example of what God can accomplish if someone is willing and makes himself or herself available to be used.
Lauren serves as Director of Hope4Sudan. She spends her time raising awareness and support, as well as leading different kinds of teams to what is now South Sudan. She resides in Germantown, Tennessee.
LaVonne has a passion to see broken hearts healed and to see those in bondage set free. For the past thirty years, she has been travelling throughout the southeastern United States, leading women’s retreats in drug treatment centers, rehabs, halfway houses, prisons, churches, community centers, and women’s groups. Her passion to help others in need inspired her to become a part of the Hope4Sudan team by serving as a visa agent. LaVonne is a blessing; she plays a valuable role acting as an intermediary between team members and the South Sudanese consul, securing visas and handling travel documents.
LaVonne is a retired loan officer from Tampa, Florida and now resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Mario.