Partnership for Transformation


The following individuals are available on a limited basis for speaking engagements such as Dream Sundays or Africa New Life events. Their lives are powerful testimonies to the effectiveness of child sponsorship, and each are well experienced in sharing their stories in hopes of transforming more lives. We are ready to equip you with resources and work to find a format that works best for your church, whether it is 10 minutes of speaking, a short testimony, an interview with a pastor, or even music!

Suggested gifts in the form of an honorarium or a gift toward education (for our students) are listed below. These gifts are for the direct benefit of the individual, not Africa New Life. We also ask that you consider providing for flights (if needed) as well as host/transportation.

Local Church: $100.00
Out of Area: $200.00
Special Event: $350.00

For more information or to book a speaker, please contact us via the form at the bottom of this page.


Cyusa LionelCyusa Lionel

As a baby, Lionel lost his father in the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. His mother did the best she could to provide food, but they lived in poverty. At age 11, Lionel lost his mother to typhoid and went to live with his aunt, whose husband was Muslim and forced Lionel to practice the Islamic faith in order to live in his home. Fortunately, Lionel was soon sponsored and given the opportunity to attend New Life Christian Academy. It was there that he saw that God had been fighting for him all along.

At the age of 13, Cyusa gave his life fully to Christ! Now, at the age of 23, he is a student at Warner Pacific University in Portland, Oregon. Along with his studies, Lionel serves as the primary worship leader for all student chapels.

To watch a recent interview of Cyusa with Willamette Christian Church, click here.


Sharon Mutoni pic 2Sharon Mutoni

Sharon’s family fled from the Rwandan genocide in 1994, temporarily moving to Uganda where she was born. Her father died in a car accident when she was around one year of age, and her mother decided to move back to Rwanda. Twelve years later, her mom remarried, giving her nine siblings. She likes to joke that, together, they make up a soccer team. Sharon remembers being chased out of class many times because of a lack of school fees, leaving her very sad. But in eighth grade, she was sponsored through Africa New Life and never missed a class again. Sharon accepted Jesus at one of Africa New Life’s youth camps, and He became her hope and strong anchor from that point on.

After high school, Sharon had the privilege of being a part of the precursor to the Esther College Scholarship Program and pursued a degree in Tourism and Travel Management. She was also able to start a fashion and coffee shop business in Rwanda. Currently, Sharon is pursuing her masters at Multnomah University and studying Global Development and Justice. Her vision is to return to Rwanda to work alongside women and children in poor communities, walking with them on their journey out of poverty by helping them understand their God-given abilities.


Occasionally, both Pastor Charles and Pastor Fred travel to the U.S. and are available for Dream Sundays.

Charles MugishaDr. Charles Mugisha
President and Founder
Recent message from Pastor Charles (#1)
Recent message from Pastor Charles (#2)
Fred KatagwaRev. Fred Isaac Katagwa
Executive Director, Rwanda


Our U.S. staff may also be available to personally assist with Dream Sundays or meet with church leadership.


Alan HotchkissAlan Hotchkiss
Exective Director, U.S.
Portland, OR
Jeremiah SmithJeremiah Smith
Church Partnerships Manager
Jasper, IN
Morgan DunnMorgan Dunn
Development Associate
Austin, TX



Betty KrenekBetty Krenek
Marketing Manager
Houston, TX
Natalie GreenNatalie Green
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Austin, TX
Matt SteinMatt Stein
Director of Development and Marketing
Portland, OR



Dawn KaiserDawn Kaiser
Church Partnerships
Portland, OR
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