It was on that mission trip that their hearts were burdened for the “children of the dirt” ... those orphans who, through no fault of their own, were left to fend for themselves in the streets and slums of Africa.
In February of 2003, Billy and Kristi Hobbs made their first trip to Kenya, Africa with a team from Sammy Tippit Ministries. It was on that mission trip that their hearts were burdened for the “children of the dirt”… those orphans who, through no fault of their own, were left to fend for themselves in the streets and slums of Africa. The Hobbs’ burden grew when they returned for a second visit in January 2004. It was then that God confirmed He was calling them to somehow take care of these African children. They believed that would be through adoption.
Then on August 21, 2004, tragedy struck. Billy Hobbs was killed in a motorcycle accident.
Within a few months following Billy’s death, God began speaking to Kristi about building an orphanage in Africa in memory of her husband. The verse that He kept reminding her of was John 12:24 “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” God gave her a vision of African children—clothed, fed, running, playing, laughing and learning about Jesus… “seeds” growing up on the property named in honor and memory of Billy.
Kristi shared the vision with the Board of Directors of the Alamo City Mercy Foundation, the ministry for which she assumed the role of Director in her late husband’s stead. All sensed that this was of the Lord and agreed that it would be a wonderful way for Billy’s legacy to remain in Africa.
So was birthed the JESUS. Hobbs House of Hope Children’s Home.