Forgotten Voices employs team members in the U.S. and southern Africa. Although the challenges of the orphan care crisis loom large, we strive to remember that God doesn’t call us to be God; He calls us to be faithful. Our staff leaders and Board of Directors work together to ensure that our programs are effective, and that our work reflects the Christian character and values on which the organization was founded.
The latest update from our Board Chair:
May 15, 2018
It is my pleasure to introduce the new Executive Director of Forgotten Voices International, Shelton Taguma. Throughout the past several months, the Forgotten Voices Board worked diligently to select a new leader who would embody the mission and values of Forgotten Voices, and in Shelton we believe that we have found that person. Shelton is a follower of Jesus Christ, and he is active in his local church. His education, personal and professional experiences are a perfect reflection of the work of Forgotten Voices.
Alongside Shelton, we remain committed to:
- Empowering and strengthening local African churches.
- Listening and respecting the wisdom of local pastors and community leaders.
- Developing custom plans that respond to the unique assets and specific needs of orphaned children and their caregivers served by the churches with which we partner.
- Making quiet investments that keep the local church as the focal point of ministry to orphans and their caregivers.
- Fostering long-term independence by building churches’ and individuals’ capacity to generate sustainable income through entrepreneurial training, savings groups and more.
Growing up and spending the majority of his life in Zimbabwe, Shelton clearly understands the culture and the strengths of the church in Africa. His master’s degree in International Development from Eastern University has given him a broad perspective and solid foundation to guide the future of Forgotten Voices. Further, his previous work experience demonstrates a commitment to vulnerable children, who are at the heart of our mission. Finally, his personal demeanor as a servant leader is authentic to everyone who knows him.
Ryan Keith’s transition to his new position at West Shore Evangelical Free Church will enable him to provide consultation to Shelton and the Forgotten Voices board over the coming months. We appreciate that Ryan will continue to lead with us as he joins the Forgotten Voices Board of Directors in September.
Please join me in welcoming Shelton to the Forgotten Voices family. Thank you for your continued prayers and support in this season of new leadership!
Steve Proctor, Forgotten Voices Board Chair
Staff in Africa
Staff in the United States