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 the Hobbs’ met Pastor Peter Njao and his wife, Jemimah, natives of Kenya. God immediately linked their four hearts together as they ministered alongside one another. In addition to being pastors and leaders of several ministries throughout Africa, the Njao’s had a desire to serve the least desirable … "Chokoras", or 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.
One Sunday Billy and Kristi were taken by the Njao’s to feed the "Chokoras". When they arrived at the makeshift feeding area, a burned out shed comprised of metal and burlap which also served as shelter for these orphans, their hearts broke. Upon leaving, as the Hobbs’ hugged each one of those kids and looked into those sad, tear-stained faces, God moved on their hearts to not just file it away as a one-time ministry event, but to do something about their situation. Unsure of what that was to look like, they began to pray.
The Hobbs’ burden for the African orphans 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 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, and confirmed through the Njao's, 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 Executive Director in her late husband’s stead. All sensed this was of the Lord and that the Njao's should be the Kenyan Directors. They 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.