Who We Are

Shepherd's Heart International is a 501c3 charitable organization.

Our mission is to instill hope in the lives of vulnerable children and families and demonstrate the love of Christ by equipping global ministry leaders with resources, training and support.

Our vision is:
1. To see a multiplying movement of Christ followers equipped, empowered and sent out to work in their areas of influence.
2. For every child to know the love of God and an earthly family.

Core Values:
We are all image bearers of God.
Jesus brings hope even when our circumstances do not.
Empowerment is superior to dependency
Sustainability multiplies the legacy of your work.

Our History

Shepherd's Heart International, formerly called Bread of New Life Ministries, U.S. was founded in the United States in 2012 by Jessica and Michael Page and a board of four others. After visiting Kenya on a short-term missions trip in 2009, the couple was overwhelmed by the needs of the region. They began to partner with a local Bishop in order to help a ministry already at work in the area to raise funds for construction of a children's home near Nairobi Kenya. During the process of gathering information, it was discovered that the children had immediate needs that trumped the need for a new home. A child sponsorship program was birthed out of this realization in order to provide for the basic necessities of the children.

A few years later, the same local Bishop had agreed to take in over 25 street boys who were ready to turn their lives around. The Royal Boys Rehabilitation Program was birthed. These boys also needed sponsors, so the child sponsorship program was expanded.

Each time a team was sent over from U.S. to work in Kenya, more needs were uncovered. The ministry now supports more than 150 children in four locations in Kenya and S.E. Asia.

The board of Directors developed a great burden to help the children and adults that we work with to provide for their own needs. We wanted to find a way to stop the reliance on monthly funds coming from the U.S. We hoped to see these programs becoming more and more self-sufficient and even begin to reach out and help others in their own communities to do the same. After attending a C.O.S.I.M. conference, the Page's along with the board of directors realized that there was a great need to fund projects that would allow the programs to have the capability to provide for their own needs. Sustainability programs began in September of 2015 including a poultry program benefiting the Royal Boys and a Farming God's Way program in Kisii. We hope to expand these programs this year to include another poultry program in Northern Mozambique.

In the summer of 2016, we sent out our first missionary to work among the unreached in Northern Mozambique. We are excited about the work that God is doing in Africa and around the world and humbled that we get to play a part.

Statement of Faith


THE BIBLE

We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life. When we say inspired and without error, we mean we believe this to be verbal, plenary, infallible, and inerrant throughout.

 

GOD, THE FATHER

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

GOD, THE SON

We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross as the sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now sits as our High Priest and Advocate.

 

GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, and indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.

 

MANKIND

We believe that human beings were created in the image of God but fell into sin and are therefore lost. Only through personal faith in Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.

 

SUBSTITUTIONARY DEATH OF CHRIST

We believe that the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ through faith are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God.

 

THE CHURCH

We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who through personal faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is Head.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church.

 

ESCHATOLOGY

We believe in the bodily return of Jesus, and the bodily resurrection of the dead – of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord.

Jason Nicholas

Executive Director

In 2015 Jason was blessed to be a part of a short term trip to Kenya that was purposed to discover the most urgent needs of our ministry and document the stories of the children. During this trip God brought him full circle on an idea based in Mark 10:14 where Jesus said to let the little children come unto him unhindered. As the trip unfolded, the team saw a theme develop; No Story, No Glory. Seeing God work through people halfway around the world to remove the hindrances of hunger, homelessness, and loneliness in the lives of these children, seeing their lives redeemed physically and spiritually by the good news of Jesus provided a platform to give God glory by telling the story. Jason has been excited to tell that Story to whoever would listen and has now joined the Board of Directors.

Jason graduated from Furman University with a degree in Political Science and a concentration in Business Communication. He is a Certified Medical Practice Executive and has worked in the healthcare industry for the last 13 years. Jason serves the local church as Missions Director, student ministry small group leader, and co-teacher of young adult Sunday School.

Jason married his high school sweetheart ,Rachel, in 2001. They have four awesome boys; Noah, Jackson, Josiah, and Caleb who make things loud and dirty with little time for fishing, reading or sleeping in a hammock, all of which he hopes to rediscover with his boys one day.

Michael Page

Secretary

After visiting Kenya on four short-term mission trips and serving as a ministry partner and advocate for three years, Michael’s passion for encouraging Kenyan ministers grew into an opportunity for him to further invest in ministry in Kenya. In February 2012 Michael and his wife, Jessica, founded Shepherd's Heart International.

Michael graduated from the Mississippi State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then spent ten years working as a process and project engineer and manager for a global manufacturer of home appliances. Michael brings with him a strong combination of skills, passion, and experience.

He and his wife live in Cleveland, Tennessee, with their four children. Together they have served on a number of Christian ministry, church, and community service projects. Michael currently serves his local church through home groups, local evangelism, and service projects. During his leisure time, Michael enjoys camping, hiking, Frisbee and chainsaws.

Jessica Page

Founder and Administrative Director

Before founding Shepherd's Heart International with her husband Michael, Jessica served as a team leader for several short-term ministry trips. It was on her first trip to Kenya that God turned her heart to the people there. She developed a great burden to serve its local ministries as they worked to further the gospel, train leaders and rescue children from the streets.

Jessica earned a Bachelors of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi in 2006 and moved to Cleveland, Tennessee, one year later. She home schools three of her children and tutors at their home school community. She is currently taking classes at the Candies Creek Church Planting and Theological Seminary.

Jessica is passionate about ministering to internationals and locals in her community through teaching small group Bible studies and English as a Second Language. In her free time, Jessica enjoys reading, traveling and relaxing by the beach.

Pastor Al Miller

President

Pastor Al has been involved with Kenyan ministry since 1999. Since then, Pastor Al has led four short-term mission teams to Kenya.

Pastor Al launched the Kenya kids ministry program and has led his church to provide the seed money for the House of Mercy Children’s Home. He now serves Shepherd's Heart International as director of spiritual growth and development, leading short-term trips and training, mentoring and advising the US board of directors.

Pastor Al has completed 32 years of ministry in two churches, 22 of which have been spent at his current church, Meadowview Baptist Church in Ooltewah, Tennessee. He is a husband, a father of two, and the grandfather of four. At this point in his life, Pastor Al finds his greatest passion to be missions, his family (especially his grandkids), and relaxing with a golf club in his hands.

Jennifer Beard

Director

God gave Jennifer a passion for East Africa after having the opportunity to serve on short and long term mission trips to Uganda and Tanzania. She has a heart to reach people groups who have never heard the gospel and to disciple believers to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ. Jennifer desires to be a disciple who makes disciple of all nations.

Jennifer has been married to her husband, Tyler, for almost two years. They recently moved to Cleveland, TN and attend Public Church. Tyler and Jennifer have enjoyed building new friendships and are seeking to be intentional in sharing the love of Jesus in the every day opportunities. Jennifer works as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist at a hospital in Dalton, Ga.

Jennifer currently leads other women through the discipleship making process and is eager to bridge the gap between those who have been reached with the gospel to those who have never heard. She also loves to read and learn. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband, SUP boarding, camping, and hiking.

Bert Leckie

Treasurer

Before joining the board of Shepherd's Heart International in 2015 Bert served on a team of a short term ministry trip to Kenya. He served as the photo and video documentarian of the team. He was blessed to see the work being done there to rescue children from the streets of Nairobi, Naivasha, and Karagita and show them the love of Christ. He was led to be part of what God is doing there and has a heart for the Kenyan people.

Bert has an Associates degree in communications electronics and has worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority for the past 28 years. He is married to Rhonda his wife of 35 years and has 2 daughters and 2 grandsons. He is very active in his church and church choir as well as a Southern Gospel Quartet.

Keith Gombash

Director

In 2010 Keith took his first trip to Kenya and fell in love with its people. He has returned to Kenya several times since then and has devoted himself to being an ambassador for Shepherd's Heart International, helping to secure funding for the Kenyans’ basic needs. As event coordinator for the south, Keith’s job is to find creative ways to raise these funds.

Keith is married to Lorie Gombash, and together they have two children. Keith is an avid fisherman and uses this passion to minister to other fishermen who are unchurched. He enjoys sharing his love for missions with anyone who will listen.