Jessica is the founder of Come Away Missions.
God called her to missions at a summer camp when she was in 8th grade. Jessica has been involved in missions in the United States and around the world since middle school. In 2009 she began the journey of taking teams over to Rwanda, Africa and now wants to make this ministry available for everyone who has a heart to disciple and give God glory among the nations.
JEAN BAPTISTE TUYISHIMIRE
Jean was born in Rwanda in 1970 and became a Christian in 1981. He is married to Beatrice Uwumuremyi and together they have five children named David, Samuel, Hannah, Batista, & Emmanuelle.
They have the same heart and vision. When they married, they knew that we will be spending the rest of their lives discipling girls, boys, women, and men who would make a lasting impact on a lost world. they are both graduates from the baptist theological seminary of Zambia, Beatrice has a nursing university diploma, and jean is pursuing his master’s degree. for the past 20 years, they have pastored 4 different churches, started 15 new churches, and are currently serving as pastors again. they are starting and growing new churches in and around Rwanda in partnership with Come Away Missions.
PA-C, DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL MISSIONS
Chasity has been serving with Come Away Missions since 2011. She has been on several short term mission trips to Rwanda since she was 19 years old. Over the years she has grown in her faith and obedience to the Lord and now serves as the Director of Medical Missions for our organization.
She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2014 with a degree in psychology and biology. It was in Rwanda where she gained clarity on what she felt like God was calling her to do in the medical field. She went on to graduate school at the University of South Alabama where she earned her master’s degree as a physician assistant in 2016.
She currently works at a rural family medicine office in Centreville, Alabama.
“I’ve always had a passion for helping those less fortunate. More specifically, I’ve felt called to help the medically underserved. I am blessed to be doing that here in Alabama already.
Rwanda is like my second home. I am honored to be a part of a program that helps bring physical and spiritual healing to villages in this beautiful country. I can’t wait for the day the city on a hill clinic is up and running so my colleagues and I can make an even greater impact.”
Ashley is the Director of Come Away Missions's Child Sponsorship program. God called her to her first mission trip in 2018 and in 2019 led her to begin a sponsorship program for children in the village of Gahara in Rwanda, Africa.
Ashley has worked with children in many ways over the past 10 years including her three biological children whom she is grateful to have the opportunity to homeschool. She now looks forward to Jesus being shared among sponsors and Rwandan families and witnessing what God has planned for the program.
Jonathan is the pastoral team leader. He has served in full-time ministry for 12 years. His heart is reaching the lost and making Jesus known. He leads and oversees teams in the areas of pastoral training, discipleship, and student ministry. His hope is to come alongside the work God is already doing and share this heart for Rwanda with those willing to "go into all the world..." Jonathan & Jessica live in Alabama with their two beautiful girls Grace and Oliviya.
Raven serves Come Away Mission by providing technical support. She has spent over a decade building systems that help inform and engage supporters of ministries. Raven’s goal is to use technology to ease the administrative burden of those seeking to help others. She also an artistically creative soul that loves to engage others artful ways to deepen and express their walk with Christ.