Freely in Hope is a faith-based nonprofit organization focused on restoring dignity
with survivors of sexual violence through holistic educational opportunities
and platforms for dreams to be fulfilled.
It started with a film, but was inspired by a young woman named Eunice. In 2010, Nikole traveled to Kenya to film her senior thesis film, While Women Weep—highlighting stories of women who have overcome adversity and are inspiring their communities. Marion met Nikole during that time, coordinating logistics for the production of the film. As they traveled throughout Kenya together, they learned about the issues prevalent in slum communities surrounding women. They heard story after story of women that lacked educational opportunities were more vulnerable to sexual violence.
Nikole Lim is a speaker, educator and consultant on leveraging dignity through the restorative art of storytelling. Nikole shifts paradigms on how stories are told by platforming voices of the oppressed —sharing stories of immense beauty arising out of seemingly broken situations. Nikole graduated with a degree in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and is currently pursuing a masters in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is a native of the Bay Area and can often be found in Los Angeles. Her heart beats for young women whose voices are silenced by oppression and desires to see every person realize the transformative power of their own story.
Since visiting a rural community of extreme poverty in 1999, Marion’s heart became entwined in mission work in sharing the needs and challenges of others. She has actively participated in missions that have involved scouting for church planting areas and supporting humanitarian works in marginalized areas of Kenya. And that’s what her life has been about.
A wife and mother, Marion holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Public Relations from Moi University, Kenya and has years of working experience in journalism, electronic media and print media. She has served as the Editor/Publications Manager for The Salvation Army’s War Cry Magazine and has widely been published in various local and international publications.Once a beneficiary of the 2010 Belz International Media Fellowship, through the World Journalism Institute, Marion’s desire is to continually keep in step with the Lord’s will as she gives herself to being an agent of hope and change. Her work and walk with the Lord has continually confirmed that she was cut for this life—the life of service.
Chris has spent his life bearing witness to the possibility of hope in a world that has legitimate reasons to question God’s goodness. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Chris studied at Asbury University in Kentucky before moving to India where he was mentored by Mother Teresa for three years. While living in India, he helped launch South Asia’s first pediatric AIDS care home–creating a safe haven for children impacted by the global pandemic. A forerunner in the New Friar movement, Chris and his wife Phileena served with the Word Made Flesh community for nearly 20 years, working for women and children victimized by human traffickers in the commercial sex industry. His vocation has taken him to over 70 countries working among the most vulnerable of the world’s poor. In 2012 Phileena and Chris launched Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism.
Lisa weaves together all she has learned from the art of hairdressing, coaching and consulting—blending together the value of building trust and inspiring confidence to enhance an individual’s or organization’s unique presence. From being a hairdresser and education coordinator for upscale salons, to managing innovative, engaging and culturally relevant programs for immigrants and refugees, Lisa’s passion is empowering leaders and working with organizations who desire to do their part in creating a compassionate and just society.
Michael graduated from UC Berkeley with a double major in Economics and Political Science in 2007. He served as Chair of the Youth Development and Peace Network, US-Canada in 2008, which is an association of young international development practitioners who partner with the World Bank to reduce global poverty. After living, studying and working in Ghana, Africa in 2007, Michael has dedicated his life’s pursuit to addressing problems of local and global poverty and development. While there, Michael worked on a consulting project with the US Agency for International Development and conducted a research project on finding innovative ways to finance basic education in developing countries. Currently Michael is working with Nigro & Nigro, PC, a professional accountancy firm in Murrieta, CA. He is licensed to practice before the IRS as an enrolled agent and is working to obtain the CPA in order to specialize in nonprofit accounting, tax and audit services. He has experience serving on several nonprofit boards, including the local Boys and Girls Club and the Southwest Legislative Council. Michael has been a member of the Valley Young Professionals since 2009 with a focus on educating business owners as well as the next generation of youth with Junior Achievement classes and career mentoring. He coordinates the Mercy Ministries at Covenant Grace Church with a vision to serve the needs of families in the greater Temecula area and beyond. His hope is to see the power of Christ transform the lives of those in need.
Jessica’s passion is to help women struggling with trauma and poverty to know their inherent worth and to have hope for their futures. Jessica graduated from UCLA in 2008 with a degree in International Development Studies. Her experience includes staff work with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, non-profit consulting for domestic and international organizations, and directing a transitional shelter for homeless, pregnant women in Los Angeles. She is a strategic leader, a storyteller, and an advocate for cross-cultural reconciliation. Jessica is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Nonprofit Management from NYU Wagner. She loves Vietnamese food, her husband, and a good cup of tea
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