Congo trip 2011

Meet the 2011 Congo Trip Participants

In addition to their contact information, you will find their fundraising pages and the answer to our icebreaker question: "If I was going to be an animal from the Congo, I would be a ___________________   because __________________________________."

Interesting Fact: The forest is home to 450 species of mammals, in addition to over 11,000 species of plants, 1,150 bird species, 200 amphibian and 300 reptile species. The Congo rainforest is so dense that the centermost parts remain untouched by outsiders even in the early 21st century.



Kevin Collins
Kvn792@aol.com

Click here to sponsor Kevin

I have often called myself a professional freelancer because of the wide range of experience (i.e., jack-of-all-trades) although presently I am a licensed land surveyor & operate a small surveying business. Kevin is a member of the Church of the Savior UCC in Knoxville, TN.

I’ve long been a cheetah fan so that I would be a cheetah in the Congo because of the great speed, sleek and muscular appearance and the sense that it lives on the cutting edge of the jungle community.


Ryan Iafigliola
ryani@fullercenter.org

Click here to sponsor the sawmill for Bolomba

Ryan is the Director of International Projects for The Fuller Center for Housing.  Ryan is a member of Americus Mennonite Fellowship.

If I was going to be an animal from the Congo, I would be a lion because I’ve always been fascinated with them since I was a child. It must have been C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series.

 

Kirk Lyman-Barner
kirk@fullercenter.org

Click here to sponsor Kirk
 
Kirk works for The Fuller Center for Housing and is the Director of Covenant Partner Development for US and Canada and the Director of the Faith Builder Program.  He also chairs the Board of Directors for The Americus-Sumter Fuller Center for Housing.  Kirk is a member of Praxis UCC in Atlanta and is under care and discernment for ordination through the Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ.

If I were going to be an animal in the Congo, I would be a Spotted Hyena.  Because, they are highly intelligent among the carnivora, with studies indicating that their social intelligence is on par with some primate species. The spotted hyena features prominently in African mythology and folklore, where its portrayal varies from being a bringer of light, to a symbol of immorality and depravity (a fantasy of every preacher’s kid).

 

Leah Lyman Waldron
leah.lyman@gmail.com

Click here to sponsor Leah

I’m just about to start my third and final year of seminary at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta.  I hope to be ordained in the UCC and my husband and I have a church start called Praxis UCC (which is a job in itself!). Leah speaks fluent French will be helpful in the cities.  However, in Bolomba they speak Lingala which is just one of 250 languages spoken in the DRC.
If I were going to be an animal in the Congo, I would be a Secretary Bird because I love terrestrial birds whose walk reminds us that birds are really modern dinosaurs (and studying Secretary birds’ hunting habits actually help scientists reconstruct the dinosaur-bird link).  I also dig the feathery headgear these birds sport and their black-white-red coloring–they look like they are strutting around in fashionable black leggings.

Melissa Merrill 

melissaemerrill@gmail.com

I am a mechanical engineer at Goodyear and have participated in the Fuller Center Bike Adventure.

Click here to donate towards the sawmill for Bolomba


If I was going to be an animal from the Congo, I would be an okapi because they enjoy being in large secluded (beautiful) habitats, they primarily eat 
leaves, grassferns, fruit, and fungiand my bike shorts tan lines from riding with the Fuller Center Bike Adventure make my legs look like theirs (with zebra stripes 🙂 )

 

Craig Martindale
cmartindale@koinoniapartners.org

Craig manages the property and facilities for Koinonia Farm in Americus Georgia.  He attends Saint Mary’s Catholic Church and serves on the board of directors for the Americus-Sumter Fuller Center for Housing. 

Click here to read Craig’s Fundraising Letter

Click here to sponsor Craig

"If I were to be an animal from the Congo, I would be an African Bush Elephant because they have a strong sense of family and live communally."


Leslie O’Tool

annapurnananda@mac.com

Leslie is a member of the Church of the Savior UCC in Knoxville, TN.

Click here to sponsor Leslie

If I was going to be an animal from the Congo, I would be a Black-collard Lovebird because I am all about embodying love and these birds are rarely kept as pets because they don’t thrive in captivity, just like me they have to be free.

Brett Safran 
safran1201@yahoo.com

Click here to donate towards the sawmill for Bolomba

Mechanical Engineer (I design hydraulic components for construction machinery).

If I was going to be an animal from the Congo, I would be an African Palm Civet because I could jump with ease from one treetop to another, eat fruit all day, and potentially be allergic to myself. Better yet, I wouldn’t be on the endangered species list!


David Snell

dsnell@fullercenter.org

President of The Fuller Center for Housing.  David is a veteran of Habitat leadership, serving in the field in the United States and in Mexico for almost 10 years. He is a former director of Habitat’s Education Ministries and spent seven years as president of Habitat for Humanity Colorado. When The Fuller Center started, David oversaw the formation and growth of new Fuller Center projects and partnerships, with a focus on international covenant partners. He traveled extensively around the world in that capacity.

Click here to donate towards the sawmill for Bolomba

If I were going to be any animal from the Congo, I would be a Bonobo monkey. Because "I’m a Bonobo kind of guy–They used to live around Bolomba."

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