Ben and Kristen Choitz have been traveling to Zambia since 2008 to minister to residents of the poverty-stricken area of Chongwe. They launched their nonprofit, Extending Hands, in 2010, and next year, they and two of their children will move to the country to continue their mission.
“My burden is for abused women and girls caught in prostitution/sex trafficking, and my husband will be working with the men,” Kristen Choitz wrote in an email. “The area where we will be working in is actually called Chibolya, which means graveyard. The name is fitting, unfortunately.
“We know this is not going to be easy, but we are ready to follow God and go where no one else is going and do what no one else is doing.”
After their move, Extending Hands will move under the umbrella of International Teams of Elgin, which will be sending a team to Zambia to work with the Choitz family.
To support their mission and their move, the fourth annual Under One Sky Benefit will be from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 6 at Suncreek Farms, 5119 N. Route 46, Woodstock. The event will feature a pig roast, musical performances by Tina Jenkins Crawley and Chris Frankowski, raffles and product sales.
Tickets are $35 a person in advance, $40 at the door. RSVP at www.extending hands.org/pages/events or send payment or donation and email address for receipt to Extending Hands, P.O. Box 181, Woodstock, IL 60098. Call 877-708-1596 for information.