“For the body is not one member, but many.” 1 Corinthians 12:14
At 911 LIFE, we are blessed with an amazing and quickly growing staff made up of paid Colombian staff, as well as missionaries from Brazil, Colombia, and the United States. We love and honor them, and our goal is to support each of them in every way possible, with the goal of launching them into the future call on their lives!
THOMAS AND JENNIFER ATWATER (Wisconsin, USA)
FOUNDERS OF 911 LIFE MINISTRIES
In 1995, Tom and Jen were college students headed to Colombia to teach English as a second language in a small school in Cartagena. While they were strolling the cobble-stoned streets of the old city one evening, they saw a paper bag up ahead. As they approached it, ready to kick it out of their way, they saw to their horror that there was actually a young child sleeping inside!
They evaluated their options. Should they take him to their hacienda for the night? Would that possibly be even worse for him, knowing the comforts of a soft bed for one night? What else could they possibly do to help? SOMEONE had to help this child! Finally, understanding that there was nothing permanent they could do to help this child, nor the countless other street children they had seen begging on the streets during the day, they carefully tucked some money underneath him, said a prayer for his safety, and continued on their way, forever impacted by this experience.
In 2011, 16 years after the seed was sown in their hearts, Tom and Jen moved their young family to Medellin, Colombia, to serve as Directors of a center for at-risk children and families in Medellin. During the 7 years that they served as directors of the center, God was building a larger vision not only for the care of at-risk children and families, but also for the training and equipping of believers worldwide. In 2018, they followed God’s leading and founded 911 Life Ministries.
To help support Tom and Jennifer Atwater, click here (Please scroll down to Tom and Jen Atwater).
SANTIAGO ABRAHAM (MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA)
MEDIA DEPARTMENT VOLUNTEER
Santi has been volunteering with 911 Life for several months. He leads our Media Department, and also serves as a translator. He is studying Italian in preparation to attend a missions school in Italy. Santi loves serving God and others, especially with the gifts and talents God has given him.
CAROLINA ALZATE (MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA)
TEAM LOGISTICS ASSISTANT
Carolina has been volunteering with us for several years, both in the foundation we directed for 7 years, and also in 911 Life. She is a 3rd year graduate of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding, CA. Carolina's misssionary heart takes her to many countries around the world, leading teams and sharing the Gospel with the lost. She currently helps run our Mission Teams, and we are SO happy to have her!
ALEX ATWATER (COLOMBIA, USA)
Alex is the eldest of the four Atwater children. A gifted musician and worship leader, he enjoys playing multiple instruments and singing. Alex has a heart for the things of God, and has really enjoyed serving with 911 Life ever since its foundation in 2018. Alex currently leads worship, translates for teams, and helps to lead events. He also loves working out and spends hours daily at the gym, but that is another story. 🙂 We are SO happy to have him as a volunteer with 911 Life!
EMILY BARACY (MICHIGAN, USA)
COORDINATOR OF ENGLISH PROGRAM
A friend of our family for years, Emily has been volunteering with 911 Life whenever she's in Colombia (she currently lives in the United States) since early 2019. Emily's main job is teaching English online to Asian students. Last year, she used this talent to create a brand-new multi-level English curriculum for 911 Life's children, adolescents, women, and staff! She currently teaches most of our classes, and manages the project remotely when she is in the USA.
PAULA CARDONA (MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA)
We are thrilled beyond belief to have Paula with us at 911 Life! She is not only a licensed Psychologist, but also an extremely gifted administrator and project coordinator. Paula worked with us as a Psychologist at the foundation we formerly directed, and she is now the ‘go-to’ person for all of our programs. Paula is an incredibly hard worker, has a missionary heart, and is doing an amazing job of helping to organize everything we do here at 911 Life!
CAMILA DELACRUZ (MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA)
Camila is an actress, artist, and singer who loves people and helping others. She has been volunteering with us for several years, both in the foundation we directed for 7 years, and also in 911 Life. She currently teaches English in our morning program, and translates for our Mission Teams. She and her husband, Ramon, are also missionaries who bring Jesus around the world through their art and drama. We are SO happy to have her!
JHOAN GIRALDO (MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA)
Jhoan joined 911 Life in August 2019 as our new accountant! He came to us in a most unusual way...he felt God pressing him to quit his job in order to volunteer at 911 Life. Within weeks he became so necessary that we had to hire him! Jhoan has a missionary heart, and is always ready to lend a helping hand in whatever capacity he might be needed. When he's not working, Jhoan loves to read, travel, and hang out with friends. We are THRILLED to have him with us at 911 Life!
MONICA GUERRERO (MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA)
Monica is thrilled to volunteer in many different areas at 911 Life. She loves serving God at 911 Life along with her family, all of whom help out in many ways (her sons volunteer in our media department, and her husband in our art program and with special events). Monica is a graduate of Christ for the Nations, where she studied Christian Leadership. With her 9 years of experience serving women and families at risk, and bringing them to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, she now assists Licoh in Woman of His Dreams. Her goal is for the families in our program to be fully healed, free from generational problems, and that they would be edified through the Word of God.
LINA HINCAPIE (MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA)
TEAM LOGISTICS ASSISTANT
Lina is passionate for missions and reaching the unreached for Christ, and she also loves children. She is a graduate of Christ for the Nations - Colombia, and of the Orlando House of Prayer. Several months ago as she was finishing her internship in Orlando, she began to pray about who to be connected with in Medellin. God immediately showed her Tom and Tom, so she searched them out and found out about 911 Life. Lina began serving with 911 Life as a translator and English teacher, and now also serves as a Team Logistics Assistant.
GERALDINE RAMIREZ BUSTAMANTE (MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA)
TEAM LOGISTICS ASSISTANT
Geraldine has been volunteering with us for several years, both in the foundation we directed for 7 years, and also in 911 Life. She currently helps run our Mission Teams, and is also a University student. Her dream is to travel the world sharing about Jesus and helping victims of human trafficking. Geraldine is sincere and committed, and she brings laughter wherever she goes!
LICOH RIBERIO (Bello Horizonte, Brazil)
We are honored to have Licoh Ribeiro as full-time staff with us at 911 Life. As a young girl, Licoh was left to fend for herself and her younger brothers on the streets in Bello Horizonte, Brazil. She was eventually adopted by a Christian pastor and his wife, and became a strong, joyful, loving and passionate follower of Jesus. Now she wants to help other women and children in similar situations to those in which she grew up. Licoh directs our women's program. Her smile, joy and love are contagious, and we are THRILLED to have Licoh on staff with us! To help support Licoh, please click here (scroll down to 911 Life, and include her name in the gift memo).
JONATHAN SANCHEZ AND MARCELA LONDOÑO (MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA))
YOUTH PROJECT ASSISTANT (JONATHAN) AND ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (MARCELA)
Jonathan and Marcela are an amazing couple! Jonathan is an incredibly gifted worship musician who plays mutliple instruments, sings, and records music! He is currently in charge of the Worship Room, runs our music program, and serves in our Youth Center full-time. Marcela is one of the hardest-working people we know, and is an EXTREMELY capable Administrative Assistant! We are THRILLED to have them with us at 911 Life!
CAMILA SUAREZ (MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA)
Camila has been volunteering with us for several months, and is a full-time missionary serving in the local schools. She also enjoys taking short-term missions trips to bring the Gospel to other countries. Camila loves Evangelism, and helps out with our women's program, and also with our teams. She loves attending our 6-hour Worship Nights, too!
FELIPE VALENCIA AND LAURA GUTIERREZ (MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA)
YOUTH PROJECT ASSISTANT
Juan Felipe (Pipe) and Laura joined 911 Life in a most unusual way! During a meeting to discuss the creation of our music program, Pipe and Laura "hijacked" the meeting, offering to spearhead two new programs: Flag Football and Art. We quickly sensed God on this idea, and within weeks these programs were up and running! This year, Pipe and Laura are full-time missionaries with 911 Life, supported by UPEEC. Together they are in charge of running our Youth Center, which runs Monday through Friday. They are also expecting their first baby!
JONATHAN AND AMANDA VINING (PENNSYLVANIA, USA)
Since their arrival in 2018, Jonathan and Amanda have served with 911 Life in multiple capacities: coordinating renovation of the missionss base, media, leading worship, supporting the local church, helping with ministry teams, helping with local ministry teams, and carrying the presence, power, and love of God to the poorest areas of the city. Jonathan currently focuses on Maintenance of the Missions Base, Media, and Leading Worship, while Amanda focuses on Team Logistics, Volunteers, and Leading Worship. As a family, the Vinings desire to be used for Gods glory in all that they do. Their hearts´ desire is bring the kingdom and love of God to the world. To do this, they rely on the grace of God and His Holy Spirit filling them daily. To help support Jonathan and Amanda, please click here.
LUZ ADRIANA, SIMON, AND ELI ZAPATA (MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA)
Luz, Simon, and Eli have enjoyed volunteering with 911 Life over the past year. Together, they assist in our children's programs. In the middle of 2019, when a large group of neighborhood children began to attend our Worship Nights, Luz offered to meet with and disciple them in a side room. The kids in her program were so impacted that they 'demanded' to meet together an additional night of the week! Thus was born our twice-weekly "King's Kids" program, which ran through the end of 2019. This year, Luz is in the process of becoming a missionary with UPEEC, and she and her children assist with 911 Life's Youth Center, translate, and perform regularly with our Worship Room.