The vision of The City of Hope began with our founder, Dr. John N. Chacha, and his passion for raising up Godly leaders. Born and raised in Tanzania, poverty was prevalent all around him and he yearned for something more. In 1979, Dr. Chacha received a sponsorship to go to the United States for Bible School. After completing Bible School and college, he went back to Kenya and Tanzania to seek the Lord and there he received a vision for the next phase of ministry. He returned to North America at the end of 1985 and married his college friend, Regina Horst in March of 1986. They immediately founded Teamwork Ministries International, Inc. to address the needs he saw in the church back in East Africa. Teamwork Ministries was built on Dr. Chacha’s desire to help Christians grow in their leadership and walk with God. Over the past 25 years, Teamwork has established hundreds of Bible Schools, created cutting-edge curriculum, and published and distributed 20 of Dr. Chacha’s books. Dr. Chacha’s dynamic teaching, writing and preaching has empowered leaders around the world as he traveled to over 20 countries.
Although Dr. Chacha experienced great success in his ministry, he felt there was an opportunity to make a greater impact by investing in the next generation of leaders. In 2007, he began to feel a call to help the people in his home village of Ntagacha, Tanzania. His love for the children became all-consuming as he made it his mission to pour his life into giving back to the people in his community. The City of Hope now includes a children’s home serving 110 orphans, Destiny Primary School and Amani Medical Center. Future construction will include a secondary school and dormitories for boarding students.
On April 16, 2015, while traveling to enroll the City of Hope's top student in one of the best secondary schools the truck in which they were travelling veered off the road and plunged into the Sondu River. His daughter and the driver were rescued, but Dr. Chacha and the student, Dorcas Huran, died. Thousands attended the memorials held in Greensboro, NC, USA, Nakuru, Kenya and TCOH in Ntagacha, Tanzania where he was laid to rest. Although he is gone, his influence and impact on the lives of the children at The City of Hope and countless thousands around the world will never be forgotten.
Co-founder and Executive Director of Teamwork Ministries
Regina Chacha, along with the entire board and the entire Chacha family, are committed to seeing the vision of Dr. John Chacha continue to grow and impact even more people. From working side by side with her husband for many years, she is fully prepared to take over the leadership of Teamwork Ministries.
Executive Director of Teamwork City of Hope
Hudson had been a friend to Dr. Chacha for many years and then came to work as Administrator at TCOH for almost three years. He left TCOH in August, 2014 but immediately, when the accident happened, he stepped back in even before he was officially asked to do so. His leadership at TCOH is a great blessing as he understands the vision and works well with our family, the extended family, as well as all the workers. We believe that God prepared and raised him up for this time. It is a blessing to know that the vision God gave Dr. Chacha is in safe hands.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Executive Director and Co-founder Regina Chacha
Chairman Dr. Ty Hopkins
Secretary Joel Chacha
Treasurer Creed Taylor
Office Administrator - Lisa Anderson
Development Director - Kathryn Williams
Sponsor a Child Coordinator - Diana Pacifico
TEAMWORK CITY OF HOPE
Executive Director Hudson Mahare
Teamwork City of Hope is a locally owned and managed mission. Our model is child-focused, holistic, aimed at self-reliance and well integrated into the surrounding community. We exist to bring hope to Tanzania and we accomplish this in four ways.