While Kelli spent the first 8 years of her life attending church, circumstances removed her from growing in the faith for 33 years. During that time, Kelli explored many different faiths including Buddhism. She was a practicing Buddhist and even studied under monks while living in Shanghai. While she was unaware at the time, God was further equipping her to better understand the struggle many Christians experience while living in predominantly Buddhist cultures. Since accepting Christ in 2013, she is passionate in sharing the gospel, teaching others how to go deeper in their faith, serving others by helping “the least of these” to be seen, heard and cared for.
It was in 2019, when Kelli felt God calling her and her family to Tennessee and to focus on ministry. She has spent the last several years teaching bible studies, organizing women’s events, leading women’s ministry for a local church, attending seminary and being nominated for various ministry leadership training programs.
Kelli became aware of CHF through a church friend, who was also a longtime friend of the Hensons. When Kelli expressed the desire to get involved with a Christian organization committed to being the hands and feet of Christ for the persecuted, abused and trafficked people, her friend knew God was orchestrating a divine appointment. Just 4 weeks after first meeting Susan Henson, and several other meetings and phone calls, Kelli and her husband Bob, booked airline tickets for their first “vision trip” to Southeast Asia. Their experience on this first trip, forever changed them both and affirmed what they had already been feeling in their hearts, “called for such a time as this.” They are excited to return to Southeast Asia to build deeper relationships and to tell the stories of those they meet back in the States. Both Kelli and her husband are excited for what the Lord has planned as they continue to follow where He is leading.