Jennifer Agee, Chairperson. Jennifer developed a passion for the people and cultures of South Africa in 2008, after she and her family took a mission trip there. From 2009 – 2013, she and her family served full-time in South Africa, working in townships and the Transkei as the South Africa Director of One Life Child Sponsorship. She brought the tenacity and tough love of a natural mother to her work, advocating the needs of child orphans, particularly through her investment into the Mamas – the local community health care workers. In a country complicated by post-Apartheid policy and enduring racism, Jennifer navigated the cultural barriers to equip the Mamas emotionally, socially and spiritually, in turn providing life-saving care for these children. Prior to serving in South Africa, Jennifer was the Executive Director of a non-profit adoption agency. Jennifer is currently residing in Kansas City where she runs a private counseling practice.
Brad Rauch, Vice Chairman. Brad has been involved with HuntSA ministries for over 10 years, a hunting expedition company whose mission also provides food and benefits to South African children in need. He has participated in connecting Americans with opportunities to help with the needs of the children in South Africa, in local orphanages like Jehovah Jireh and the Transkei rural region of the country. Brad spent 35 years in Christian Radio in programming, marketing and management. It was through an interview with Rufus Luttig, founder of HuntSA, that he developed a connection to this cause. Now, he is a full-time missionary through Mission Builders International and Village South Africa, with a call to empower South Africans to become disciples for Christ. He and his wife Joyce have three married children and nine grandchildren.
Becky Voigt, Secretary – and her husband, Owen, are the parents of three adult children. The Voigts have lived in Montana for the last 25 years and host a weekly church life group at their home. Becky oversees rental properties that her and Owen own and spends a lot of time with their 5 grandchildren. She feels very blessed to have had the privilege to visit South Africa and be involved with HuntSA and Jehovah Jirah Haven.
Andy Brown, Treasurer. Through various business ventures, Andy has had the opportunity to travel extensively on an international basis and see much of the world. He has served on numerous boards including The Kansas City International Trade Center, The Kansas City Blazers USAA Swimming Team and was an initial board member and South African liaison for Oceans of Mercy (a charity that served the needs of South African children infected and affected by the AIDS epidemic). He is married to Debra, has two sons, a stepson and seven grandchildren. Of note, one of his sons Jesse is currently s
erving in South Africa with Living Hope in Cape Town. He has been blessed with a great family, good health and good friends.
Janelle Johnson, Board Member. Janelle resides in Whitefish, Montana and was a full-time nurse before having four active children whom she now helps raise at home. She first visited South Africa in 2013 with her husband, Paul and their two boys. During this trip, she came to travel and hunt with Professional Guide and Hunter Rufus Luttig, professional guide, hunter and founder of HuntSA a hunting expedition company whose mission also provides food and benefits to South African children in need. After this experience and visiting the Jehovah Jireh Haven orphanage in Alexandria, South Africa, her family was touched by the mission of rescuing orphaned children and Janelle vowed to do whatever she could to help the children at the orphanage. Within a year, she returned to offer medical-related help to support the children and also met the JJ Haven board.
Johann Grobler, Board Member. A resident of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Johann has been actively involved as a volunteer working with vulnerable communities since 2010. The impact of HIV & AIDS in these communities was evident, and Johann was commissioned to do HIV & AIDS outreach work in Transkei and Port Elizabeth, with the focus on educating these communities about the subject. As education is only one aspect of effective impact countering the harm HIV has on these communities, he is expanding services into counseling, testing and linkage to care. Johann has 20 years of experience in different retail managerial positions, of which the last 15 years are with South African retail giant Pick n Pay Retailers. He loves working with people, is analytical and detail-oriented, and is certain of endless opportunities in community and collaboration.
Rufus Luttig, advisory to the board. A native South African, Rufus is a rancher, missionary and founder/operator of HuntSA Ministries. In 1994, God spoke to the heart of an ordinary rancher and gave him his passion for the Xhosa people of South Africa. He was raised with Xhosa children and when he dedicated his life to God, he realized he could no longer turn a blind eye on the plight of his nation. Today, because of Rufus faithfully presenting the needs, over 2,000 kids are receiving good nutrition allowing them to do better in school while being taught God’s Word at soup clubs and orphan care centers. Rufus supports himself as a professional hunter and through ministry support as the point man in South Africa for “Village South Africa”. He has excellent hunting opportunities and uses this profession to attract sportsman from around the world so they can see the needs of South Africa and truly have a life-changing experience. This includes having hunters and travelers visiting hospitals, schools and the missionaries that work there full-time. Rufus visits the U.S. annually and has been the bridge to
bringing the stories and needs of his countrymen and countrywomen with him.
Traci Johnson, Board Member. Traci’s passion for the children of South Africa began in 2004, when she became heavily involved with an organization focusing on community development and betterment for children infected and affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country. Her numerous trips to the townships of South Africa fueled her desire to serve God by serving the children. She spent many years raising awareness and resources in order to assist the indigenous leaders who were dedicating their lives to the children. Traci resides in the Kansas City area with her husband and two children, as an at-home educator.
Jeff Cook, Board Member. Jeff discovered his passion for South Africa and for international mission work in 2011 while serving on a mission team that put on a Bible Camp for some of the Door of Hope and Jehovah Jireh Haven children served by Village South Africa. Through his many times back to South Africa since, he has developed a heart not only for the needs of the kids in South Africa, but also for the missionaries who work there. Since 2011, he has hosted over 20
people in his home who have come to Kansas City from South Africa for a visit and in need of a place to stay. Jeff believes that it is the missionaries on the ground who sometimes are forgotten and he has taken a special interest in them, and in making sure anyone traveling to the Kansas City area from South Africa has a place to stay. He has also been very involved over the years in fundraising for HuntSA, Village South Africa and other non-profit organizations benefiting the children of South Africa. He has been employed at DST Systems since 1987 and is currently their Director of Regulatory Compliance. Jeff and his wife Kim reside in Shawnee KS. Kim has also served on several trips to South Africa as well.