Journey to Burundi
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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