Who We Are

Rick and Audrey McAninch started their trek into Africa in 1993 after nearly 25 years of marriage and four children. They packed and left their comfortable life in Seattle, Washington, and moved to Kenya, East Africa. Trusting God to direct their steps, they started by teaching youth and advising leadership in a local church and school, while Rick remodeled the facility. Soon, it became obvious what would consume their focus—children in crisis. The HIV/AIDS pandemic began to sweep through Africa with an awful vengeance. Children with lost hope headed to the streets looking for help. Into Africa was born. Rick and Audrey brought children home by the carloads. For over 15 years, Into Africa has rescued children, started schools, rescue centers, orphanages, and group homes. Children have been adopted or cared for in foster homes or with relatives. Assistance and advice is given for young adults to find employment or help in starting small businesses of their own. Into Africa continues to support growing children and assists desperate widows who are trying to keep their children at home and in school. As God opens more doors, Into Africa plans to start community centers, churches, and schools. Into Africa gives hope to children in crisis through the practical application of the gospel of Christ.