Our Story2018-07-20T14:33:25+00:00
John Peake grew up in North Texas. After high school, he pursued a career in the food and beverage industry. Most of this time was spent in management at Starbucks Coffee.

John grew up in a Christian community and has never doubted his belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, however, in his early 30’s – fully dedicated his life to knowing and serving Christ.

John met his wife Caelene in 2001 in London. They married in 2004 and had three children. John then completed a Degree in Finance and a Masters in Business Administration. His most recent position was as a financial analyst in Dallas.

Caelene grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. Caelene completed University in Cape Town – with a degree in Social Work. She became a fervent follower of Jesus Christ at the age of 20. Caelene has worked in her field since 2001 in a wide variety of settings including township development; street child advocacy, child protection, refugee resettlement and teenage counseling. She is also passionate about Bible study and teaches part-time in Women’s ministry.

Caelene has travelled extensively around Southern and Eastern Africa and always had a dream to be involved in humanitarian aid in Africa.

Journey to Burundi

John & Caelene (2016)

John and Caelene were married in 2004 in Cape Town and are based in Texas when they are not in Burundi. They have three wonderful children, Judah, Levi and Victoria.

In 2010, after spending some extended time in South Africa as a family – they were put in touch with a man who is developing the coffee industry in Burundi. (See link: http://www.longmilescoffeeproject.com). They were intrigued by his journey and meeting him led to a series of conversations about possible involvement.

Since that time, they became connected to different people working in Burundi. They also became increasingly connected to the Burundian community in North Texas; which began with Caelene working in the field of Refugee Resettlement.

In 2015 they had the opportunity to help manage a water well project – while living in Burundi January-April.

After that 3 month period, they returned to Texas; and in mid 2015 formed their own non-profit: Think East Africa. In 2016, Think East Africa assumed full responsibility for the water well project.

The scope of the project continues to grow with the construction of deep wells, water pipes and reservoirs – partnering effectively with churches, NGO’s and schools. A large team of Burundian staff are now employed by Think East Africa and doing an excellent job of running the project. John continues to act as project manager.  All glory to God for all that He has done in causing this project to be a success. There are many challenges along the way and it is important to remain in prayer.

May-July of 2017, the Peakes went through a rigorous missionary training program through Missions Resource Network (See link: http://www.mrnet.org). In August of 2017, the Peakes moved to Burundi and are living in the capital city, Bujumbura.

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