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About Us

Helping children and orphans since 1997

encompassKids℠ began in 1997 as an outreach by Christ Memorial Church in Holland, Michigan. In 2017, due to growth and demand, it was incorporated as a US 501(c)3.

Our passion and focus is to change the destiny of kids and youth of South Africa from the current reality of poverty, abuse, addiction, and HIV to one of hope and spiritual, emotional, social, academic, and economic well-being.

 

With Courage Youth, encompassKids℠ trains, mentors, and equips children in the public high schools.

 

Through Setshabelo Family and Child Services (SFCS), encompassKids℠ mobilizes local churches and communities to provide adoption and family-based care for orphans and vulnerable children. All of this is done through South African staff and organizations.

 

2022 IMPACT STATISTICS

1,188 Courage Youth Participants 

45 Adoptions

55 Foster Care Placements

2,200 Children received services

1470 Adults and Young Adults assisted

550 Families served.

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Meet The Team

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Paul + Cathy Scholten
Board of Directors
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Paul and Cathy Scholten have invested their “second half” for the vulnerable kids and families of South Africa.  Beginning with their first trip to South Africa for Christ Memorial Church in 2001, they helped create two organizations, SAHAC Courage Youth and Setshabelo Family and Child Services, along with encompassKids.  Both retired from respective careers in aerospace and hospital administration.  They are parents, grandparents, and great grandparents to a growing clan of 26 – along with many South Africans.  They currently serve on the encompassKids Board of Directors and are active in many of its day-to-day operations.

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Zeke Swift
Board of Directors
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Zeke Swift's first trip to South Africa in 2004 with Darrow Miller, author of Discipling Nations, put a face on AIDS for him and created an enduring connection with the country and people of South Africa. Later that year, a delegation of 13, about half from the United States and half from South Africa, talked to over 60 people in 40 organizations in six South Africa cities and drafted a strategy that launched the Southern Africa HIV-AIDS Collaboration (SAHAC for short), now doing business as the Courage Youth Movement. Zeke has served as chair since SAHAC was incorporated as a South African public benefit organization in 2007. Zeke joined the encompassKids board in 2020.    

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Mark Burr
Board of Directors
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Mark believes that giving back is living in response to God’s grace. Service to others has been a part of his life through the example of his parents and Church family mentors from a young age. He recently retired from a long career in the food industry, allowing him to devote even more of his passion, time, and talents to service. 

Mark has supported those making mission trips to South Africa through encompassKids in the past. He is pleased and excited to further support God’s work in helping kids through this ministry in serving on the Board. 

Mark and his wife Debra have been married 35 years and reside in Holland, Michigan. His wife Debra serves as the Director of a non-profit Christian Ministry. They have one daughter, Jami, that serves as an Assistant Principal of a Middle School in North Carolina. 

In his spare time, Mark enjoys boating on Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan

and classic cars. 

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Ty Tanis
Board of Directors
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Ty Tanis is a West Michigan native and graduated from Hope College. He is married to Michelle, and they have three children. Ty is the Director of Development for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holland and has a passion for serving and investing in others. Ty & Michelle volunteered and supported the encompassKids missions in South Africa in 2015.

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Herk Vanden Bosch
Board of Directors
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As chairperson of the Deacons of Christ Memorial Church in 2014, Herk was tasked with the doing a deeper dive into the missions in which CMC was invested. He spent time at the Courage Clubs in several schools and at the Setshabelo Family and Child Services (SFCS). Understanding the impact on the participants, he decided to invest more and joined the board of encompassKids. He was chair for several years and now works on the board as an ambassador for the organization. 
Herk and his wife, Linda, are the proud parents of three married children and grandparents to seven. In his spare time, Herk likes a good game of golf and boating on Lake Michigan. 

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Mary T. DeVries
Board of Directors
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Mary believes giving back and volunteering is essential and an important part of who we are. She has a passion for helping others. The staff at encompassKids Ministries holds a special place in her heart and she truly believes they are the hands and feet of God within the South Africa communities, the children, and the families they serve. Mary's first experience with the encompassKids Ministries and the South Africa environment came in 2012, when she and her husband, Charles, joined Paul and Cathy Scholten for a fall mission trip. Since that time Mary has been volunteering and eventually joined the encompassKids Board of Directors.

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Rich Avink
Board of Directors
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In 2010, upon retiring from a career in teaching, Rich took the opportunity to travel to South Africa on a mission trip with Paul & Cathy Scholten. That was the first of several visits he made. He found that he had so much to learn about the culture of South Africa, especially the lives and needs of the children and families. Some of what he learned he admired and enjoyed, and some he saw as an opportunity to give support and encouragement. These
people and this mission found a special place in his heart.
Over the last several years as a Board Member he has provided support to encompassKids in the role as treasurer. Rich stands amazed at how God has graciously blessed this mission. All glory to Him!

Meet the Team
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Keabetsoe Sekoboto
Executive Director
Setshabelo Family and Child Services

Kaybe was instrumental in establishing the Setshabelo organization and appointed as its first Executive Director in 2014.  She holds Academic Degrees in Social Work and related studies and had previously worked for the South Africa Department of Social Development.  She is a natural team-builder and business-driven individual with significant background in Community Development; talented in developing partnerships, overseeing personnel, and developing tactical plans to meet strategic goals. She is a wife and mother of two daughters and a son.

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Christina "Chris" Mokhachane
Managing Director
SAHAC Courage Youth

Chris was introduced to SAHAC in 2010, when her late husband, Barnard Mokhachane, joined the organization as a Managing Director. She later joined SAHAC Staff in 2012, offering emotional support to learners through counselling. She later headed the Compassion Platform as a manager. She holds a 4-year Diploma in General Nursing, Midwifery, Community Health and Psychiatric Health from Bonalesedi Nursing College. She later obtained a BA Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, majoring in Psychology and Sociology.

She is a mother of three adult children and two grandchildren.

She has been a dedicated member of Grace Bible Church in Soweto for the past 40 years. Chris believes in the ability the youth have to change the future of South Africa. Their passion and energy are what the country needs to build a better tomorrow. All they need is a vision to live for, and to fight for.

SOUTH AFRICA

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