New Staff Join Covenant Kids Congo Project

CHICAGO, IL (May 1, 2012) – Two individuals have recently joined the team of Covenant Kids Congo powered by World Vision as the new initiative continues to finalize plans for a formal launch this fall.

Covenant Kids Congo is a first-of-its-kind child sponsorship program between the Evangelical Covenant Church and World Vision, focusing on initiatives around clean water, nutrition, education, health, and micro-enterprise in Equateur Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the Covenant has served for 75 years. Click here to read a previously published story on the Covenant Kids Congo project. Information also is available by visiting the Covenant Kids Congo web area.

Reesheda N. Washington will serve as project leader and associate director of Mission Mobilization and Connection for Covenant Kids Congo. In her new role, she will lead the effort in Covenant churches in the United States and Canada to sign up sponsors for children in Equateur Province in DR Congo.

She also will work closely with the project consultant and Covenant Kids manager, the World Vision project team, and the Pastors Advisory Team in preparing for Hope Sundays this fall. These special Sundays will provide opportunities for individuals in each congregation to sign up to sponsor a child.

Born and raised in Chicago, she has worked for 15 years as a teacher, professional developer, school administrator, and a regional manager. Washington serves on the pastoral staff at City of Hope Covenant Church, a multiethnic church plant in Bolingbrook, Illinois, where she participates in church leadership, women’s ministry, and church event planning.

Adam Phillips, the second position added to the team, will serve as project consultant. In his new role, he will help shape the strategy for spreading the word about Covenant Kids Congo to Covenant churches, members and participants. He will work closely with the project leader and the Pastors Advisory Team to communicate progress of Covenant Kids Congo to conferences and local churches, as well as encourage local churches to host Hope Sundays in the fall.

He most recently worked as a senior manager of Faith Mobilization at ONE, an international nongovernmental advocacy organization committed to help end extreme poverty and preventable diseases. Since 2004, he has helped mobilize faith communities to advocate for development policies to end hunger and fight global disease through roles in organizations such as Bread for the World, Covenant World Relief, Micah Challenge USA, One Day’s Wages and The New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good.

An ordained Covenant pastor, Phillips co-led the revitalization of Resurrection Covenant Church in Chicago. He served as a delegate to the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa.

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