Four Ordinary Women, One Extraordinary Mission

     
RESKU International

 

Staff Info

Elaine Geerdes, Acting Director

Dr. Elaine GeerdesI was raised in a parsonage, and at age 12, my parents, Merlin and Alice Hunter, went to be missionaries in Trinidad and Tobago, and later in Israel, and so began my heart for missions.

In 2005, individuals from my church returning from South Africa were deeply impacted by what they had seen. Together with them and upon the request of Derek Liebenberg, RESKU International was formed. God has placed a call on my life to work through RESKU to help others. What a privilege and an honor it is to do so. God is so good! May the Lord help me to be faithful to do whatever He asks. I am a former college English teacher, a mom of two grown sons, and a wife of 39 years to Monte.

Our ministry to South Africa through the Seed of Hope is continually in our hearts. We also work with Children’s Aid International Relief and Development (CAIRD) in Canada to support orphans, and with Holiness Missions to America (HMA) to support homeless ministries both locally and in other cities in the US. We also support work in one creative access country (which we cannot mention here for the safety of those serving there), spreading the gospel and training pastors and leaders. Our desire through RESKU is to lift the load of others who are doing the important work on the ground. We want to be like Aaron and Hur (Exodus 17:12) who held up Moses’ arms until the battle was finally won.

Terra Morrow – Secretary

I am married to my high school sweetheart, Zac. We have 2 beautiful daughters and one son -- Logan Elise, Jessa Jae, and William Brady who have brought joy to our lives. I taught preschool for 8 years before I became a stay-at-home mom.

I had been on several mission trips before with my church, but nothing compared to the opportunity I had in 2005 to travel to South Africa. My life was forever changed as a result of the people, the places, and the presence of God everywhere we went. We volunteered at Seed of Hope, an outreach center for AIDS victims and orphans. I did not know what "Holy Ground" was until I stepped onto that property. The children there were so full of life and love. It was hard to imagine that many of them were living with this deadly disease. After listening, learning, and crying over the AIDS statistics and how the Seed of Hope came about, I knew I could not leave without promising myself that I would do my part to help when I got home.

After returning home, several of us all felt such a strong connection with Seed of Hope and its Director Derek Liebenberg that we built a relationship with him, and with his help, RESKU was formed. To this day, I can still feel the dirt on my feet watching those children sing praises to God in the midst of their obvious pain. I pray that our efforts here at home are being felt thousands of miles away. Our hearts are there with them.

Tami Reavis, Assistant Director

TamiI have been married to my husband Dennis for 20 years. We have two children, Brenna and Chase.

I decided, on a whim, to go with a group to South Africa in July of 2005. I had never been on a mission trip, and I felt that I was at a place in my life where I needed to step out of my comfort zone and do something I had never done before.

When we arrived the first day in Bhekulwandle at the Seed of Hope, I immediately felt “this was why I came to Africa.” I had a distinct feeling the minute I stepped off the bus that “something was about to happen.” I was in tears within the first ten minutes, and this was just in hearing statistics and stories from Derek Liebenberg, the director of the center at the time. When the children came in for Simunye time, my life was forever changed. I truly feel that my entire life was leading up to that moment, that day, in that room, with those children. A calling was placed on my heart that I could not shake.

Derek came to visit us in the United States in November of that same year. At that time, he helped me to see a way in which I could truly make a difference. Spending time with Derek directed my calling into what is now my position with RESKU International. I desire to fulfill the calling God put on my heart to help those suffering and dying needlessly. I need to do what I can to make a difference in a place that deserves our attention – a place that to this day holds a piece of my heart.

Tanya Karesek - Treasurer
Tanya

As a young couple, my husband John and I were involved with Youth with a Mission, attending their Discipleship Training and School of Evangelism programs. Throughout the years we have continued to be involved in missions in some way and have served through medical/dental/work teams, church mission efforts, and stewardship/giving--a high priority for us!

I was first introduced to the ministry of Seed of Hope in 2005, when a group of friends returned from a mission trip to South Africa. I was inspired by their passion for the children of Bhekulwandle and their desire to do more to make a difference in the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS. I was always eager to help them in any way, and in 2009 I began serving as Treasurer for RESKU International.

Recently, John and I were able to travel to South Africa with Elaine (Director) and Monte where we met the dedicated and precious servants at SOH. Our hearts were joined to them immediately! We visited some of the families served by the medical team and participated in Simunye Time, sewing, woodworking, and other projects. We received some training in one of their newer ministries,  Farming God’s Way. It is an honor to serve with such dedicated and amazing people, and I look forward to what God has for us in the days ahead!

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