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From documenting a widow with leprosy in the jungles of Vietnam, to providing scholarships for survivors of sexual violence in Zambia, furthering social justice through the arts has been a vital part of Nikole’s ministry around the globe. By using film and photography, Nikole seeks to empower women by platforming their voice to share their stories of difficulty and triumph, while fighting stigmas affecting women worldwide. Nikole has spoken nationally on women’s rights in Africa and the transformative art of storytelling at venues including the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, University of Southern California, Intervarsity, the Ideation Conference and the National Youth Workers Conference. Nikole graduated with a Bachelors degree in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and resides in the Bay Area. She is an active member of The Salvation Army and works with inner-city youth. Her heart beats for young women whose voices have been silenced and desires to see every heart liberated and restored. Follow her @nikole_lim
While in college, Jessica received a strong call from God to commit herself to social justice in the developing world. The next several years of her life would be spent clumsily and impatiently discerning the whats, whens, and hows of that call. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in International Development, Jessica spent two years doing campus ministry with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and three years with a consulting firm for nonprofits, where she worked with over twenty organizations in the areas of fundraising, board management and strategic planning. Now, aside from her work with Freely In Hope, she is the Assistant Director for a Christian maternity home that serves homeless pregnant women in Los Angeles. She is fluent in French and Vietnamese, loves writing and jigsaw puzzles, and if you ever meet her, she will probably give you a hug prior to it being socially appropriate to do so.
Since visiting a rural community of extreme poverty in 1999, Marion’s heart became entwined in mission work in sharing about 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. 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. Marion was also 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 be an agent of hope.
Christin Davis is the managing editor for Caring, a magazine focused on social issues and service delivery, published by The Salvation Army. She has reported on various stories from the rebuilding of homes in New Orleans to a direct trade partnership with coffee farmers in Vietnam. As a journalism graduate student at the University of Southern California, Christin is focusing on culture, ethnicity and religion. Her work has appeared at On Being and Neon Tommy.
Born in Accra, Ghana, Ohemaah was raised in Ghana and Canada before moving to the U.S. with her parents at the age of 15. She completed high school in Tempe, Arizona and then received a full scholarship to study Business Administration at Loyola Marymount University where she graduated Valedictorian of the LMU Kente Class. She has since worked as a schoolteacher and college admissions counselor. Ohemaah has always had a passion for music ministry and is actively involved in her church, Faith Christian Center, where she serves in the youth department and sings on the Praise and Worship team. Ohemaah considers it an honor and a blessing to help fellow women in Africa to pursue opportunities that every woman should have and to take a hold of the greatest hope of all – the fullness of life through Jesus Christ. Follow her @OhemaahN