We have been preparing and gearing up for our trip to Uganda June 18-28th! Our team is beyond thrilled to hit the ground running and serving. During this trip we will be working at Smile Africa Ministries in Tororo, Uganda with over 200 street kids and 9 widows. Smile is a safe haven and refuge to these children and is able to provide them with a meal, education, encouragement and the Word of God. They also help empower widows with handmade trades alongside encouraging them through a Bible study helping them to start over and stand on their own. We will work to encourage and aid this community as well as travel to new areas and meet new potential partners!
Continue to pray for our team as they travel and serve across the globe!
Britney Lee Christie, co-founder, Team Leader
I am co-founder of Be Free Rev and live in Oakland, TN with my wonderful husband Michael and two sweet kiddos, Lynlee and Everhett. Starting BFR was a simple choice for me because mission work has been a calling in my life for quite sometime.
I am very excited about this mission as well as this team. I am excited to see how God is leading this group and the projects that we are going to be walking along side of with the leaders in Uganda. Vision casting and planning are both aspects of mission that I love so I cannot wait to be on the field with this team.
Jennifer Hill, Team Leader
I’m 34 and live in Memphis Tn. I currently work as a case manager at Healthsouth Rehab Downtown and love it. This will be my 3rd trip to Uganda and first time as a leader. I feel so honored to be trusted in this role and have truly been amazed at what these kids, african leaders, team members and BFR team have done in my life. This was truly a calling I never realized I had, or atleast not this in depth. I’m eager to see how I will be changed by this trip and excited for continued growth! I am especially excited about seeing my kiddos! Africa, here we come… Again!!
My name is Beth Buttrey. I am originally from Martin, TN and moved to Memphis in 2005 to pursue a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. From an early age I felt called to service, but it wasn’t until high school that I knew I wanted to work in the healthcare field. I chose physcial therapy as my profession because of its direct interaction and impact on patients. I love being able to see progress and change every day in my patients, and see the joy on their faces when they meet their goals. Its that desire to serve and interact with others that lead me to pursue opportunities to take my professional skills abroad. I was able to experience my first international mission in October 2013 when I took a trip to Pucallpa, Peru. While there I was able to serve and love on others, but it was their impact on me that made the most lasting impressions. That first glimpse of how LOVE and SERVICE have a global impact only sparked my interest to seek out additional opportunities. That’s when my friend Jennifer Hill introduced me to Be Free and my next journey was set in motion.
I was born in Chicago, IL and now currently reside in Germantown, TN. I attend Hutchison School and will be entering my senior year this fall. My high school journey has been incredibly blessed with many different and interesting adventures. I am a very free spirited person and I have an immense desire to learn about the world as well as serve and share the gospel to others. My interest in travels has brought me to Haiti twice as well as China throughout high school. My love for mission work has showed me many different dimensions of people and places that has guided my growth in my faith and life overall. I am also very involved in community service within the Memphis community within my school’s clubs. I have my own Wilson’s society project through Hutchison that works with the Memphis Family Shelter and I also am apart of Roger Scholar’s club that works with understanding and helping local issues in Memphis. My mission work in Haiti allowed me to pack 300 gifts to bring to schools in Haiti and my missions work in China allowed me to work with a special needs orphanage there. I am incredibly excited to embark on my new journey to Uganda. I know that God has sent me there for a reason and that I will be able to see and learn through the people there that will allow me to see God’s light in a whole new perspective. I am excited to teach and pour God’s love into these people
I am a 17 year old born and raised in Memphis, TN. I will be a senior this fall at Hutchison School. I am the daughter of Mark and Lisa Putman, and I have a 19 year old brother, Van, and a 10 year old little sister, Hannah. I work at a local boutique called Southern Couture, and absolutely love working there. I am also very passionate about drawing. It has always been a dream of mine to go and serve in Africa. I became involved with Be Free Revolution when Britney and Lacey came to speak to an organization I am in at Hutchison called Global Ambassadors. When they came to speak with us, I felt a calling to serve on this mission to Uganda. I am so glad that I get to experience this mission with two of my very close friends, Susannah Straton and Lucy Camuti, along with three other team members that I am excited to get to know better. I feel so blessed to be given this opportunity to serve, and I am very excited to embark on this journey. This being my first mission trip, I am anxious to see what The Lord has in store for me.
I am 18 years old and just graduated from Hutchison School. I’ve always wanted to do a mission trip, and after hearing about the experience my good friend had doing an internship with Be Free last summer and then hearing Be Free talk at Hutchison I knew this was the trip for me! I’ve always loved serving my Memphis community and am looking forward to serving the Dallas community during the next four years while I am attending SMU. I’m excited, nervous, and so ready to take this step and serve others. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful opportunity! I am excited and anxious to see how God will use me during this time, and I know that there’s nothing better for me to do during my summer than serve others.