Board Members

diana presidentDiana Costello - President

Oceanside, CA

Diana is a charter member of Children of the Amazon and has served as President since 2007. She began going on short-term mission trips to Iquitos in 2004 and was touched by the plight of the street children. Being a mother of 5, a foster and adoptive mother and grandmother of 4, she has a heart for children. Even though she feels incredibly ineffective in a country where she doesn’t speak the language and a climate hostile to her sensibilities, her motto is, “Just show up” and is constantly amazed at what happens when she does! She believes that God often uses the most unlikely people to do His work so everyone knows the accomplishments are His and not ours.

Email: Diana@childrenoftheamazoninc.org

 

 Bobbi Sengenberger – Secretary

Parker, CO

I have been on the Board for COTA since 2009.  My first mission trip to Iquitos was in 2003.  Living Word Church of Aurora, CO sent twelve people to Iquitos to assist with building the orphanage, now known as Safe Haven.  We were to clear the land, help with the well and any other preparation of the land that was needed.  Then our evenings were filled with puppet shows, Bible teachings and crafts for all the children that wanted to participate. Then in 2006, I returned to Iquitos to assist with some legal matters concerning the land.  I had the opportunity to become acquainted with other ministries working there also. It has been a privilege to be a part of God’s plan and see how He is working on behalf of all the many children in Iquitos.

 

IMG_0232Art Corn – Safe Haven Children’s Home

Landrum, SC

 Art began coming to Iquitos with Christian Soldiers Construction Ministry and was touched by the children living on the streets. He and his wife Sheila came to start Safe Haven ministry. In the three years they were living in Peru, they began a farm to help pay for worker’s wages, started a children’s church, built a church on the property, fostered 2 little boys until they were adopted and build a Medical/Dental clinic. They received teams to help with their work and set up an on-going Children’s Medical clinic for the impoverished area 43 kilometers outside Iquitos, Peru. He plans to build an outpost to serve those ministering to villages up the Amazon River. To see more about his work, click the Mission Partner’s tab.

Email: PeruvianChildren4Christ@yahoo.com

 

100_0351Albert Smith – Peru’s Hope

Iquitos, Peru

Albert is a Calvary Chapel missionary from Murrieta, California who is now residing in Iquitos, Peru and ministering to the people there. Albert began his work by helping a friend that started a little school outside the city and now has planted a church in that area. He fell in love with the children and knew that he was to return as a missionary. His ministry includes: planting churches, raising up local leaders, starting a Bible college, pastor training and working alongside the river pastors. He also is there to receive teams and help them minister to the people of Iquitos. He has a real heart for the children of Iquitos and has been working with COTA for the last three years. For more on his work with kids, see his tab under Mission Partners or his website: www.perushope.com.

E-mail: perushope@yahoo.com

 

Elysse Clinton – Web Manager

Oceanside, CA

Elysse started serving in Iquitos, Peru in 2000 on a short term mission trip at the age of 16 and has returned almost every year since. She has a heart to serve the missionaries and children in any way she can, including: teaching seminars on children’s ministry and leading many vacation bible school sessions in local villages. She joined the COTA board in 2012 to continue ministering to the children of the Amazon.

 

Suzanne's picSuzanne Knauf -Retired Judge
Oceanside, CA

Suzanne was a Judge in California for 31 years retiring from the Superior Court in 2009. In 1999, she made her first trip to Iquitos, Peru with the Director of an International Ministry and has been returning every year.  She has organized and led mission teams into Peru and Africa since 2000; focusing on Discipleship, Medical and Children’s Ministries.  After her first trip, she discovered she had left a part of her heart with the people in Iquitos – especially the children – and each time she goes a bit more stays behind.  Suzanne was a founding Director of COTA and in 2012 rejoined the Board of COTA.

E-mail: Suzanne@childrenoftheamazoninc.org