Our Work and Mission


It is our belief that when nonprofit organizations can worry less about financial and management support, they can spend more quality time with the children they serve, helping them grow spiritually, academically, socially and emotionally.

At Children of Faith Missions, we work with organizations that specialize in caring for at-risk and in-need children around the world.  We offer our financial support, our prayers and our collective management experience so that they can focus on what’s most important –  the children they serve.

To ensure our efforts are effective and our resources are put to good use, we work with no more than two organizations at time and provide them with equal, non-competitive support. As an organization becomes self-sufficient, our Board may invite other organizations to submit their programs for consideration.  Programs are then evaluated over a period of time through prayer, research and on-site interviews, and the decision to support an organization is made through unanimous vote by our Board of Directors.

Ultimately, our mission is to serve Christ by addressing the physical, educational, spiritual and social needs of the poor and underprivileged children; providing charitable assistance to them, their families and their communities; empowering them to become leaders in their communities and disciples of spiritual growth, who serve Christ and live for the good of the world.

Our Core Beliefs

Our work, and everything that we do is guided by the following core beliefs:

  • The power of prayer is essential to the welfare of children and those who care for them.
  • Each and every child on this planet matters.
  • Every child is a child of God.
  • Every child is equally as important as any other person.
  • Every child deserves to be loved and to give love in return.
  • Although no person, organization or institution can replace a loving, caring family, we must support those who wish to try.
  • Every child needs a place to live, nourishment, education, healthcare and secure, loving relationships.
  • When a child’s family or the community cannot or will not provide for the child’s needs, doing so then becomes the responsibility of good people everywhere.
  • Global issues impact individual lives.
  • Sustainability is the cornerstone for security – for both organizations and individuals.

Our Work in India

As the story goes, Anand and Rosie Thandu were members of the Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church in 2002 when they received a calling to establish an orphanage in India.

A year later, the Children of Faith Orphanage opened its doors to 30 children in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India.  In a matter of weeks, a much larger, local orphanage closed its doors, and soon Children of Faith was home to 100 children.

Today, the orphanage provides shelter, nourishment, healthcare, education, and clothing to more than 100 boys and girls.  The campus currently includes a three-story building providing housing for the children and staff and a separate building which houses the dining hall and kitchen.  A new school building and boy’s dormitory are soon to be complete.

To support the Indian orphanage, as well as other worthy ministries serving at-risk children around the globe, Children of Faith Missions was established as a California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2009.

Our Leadership

Children of Faith Missions is led by a U.S.-based, independent Board of Directors that includes:

Anand Rosie Thandu


Anand and Rosie Thandu are the Co-Founders and Directors of Children of the Faith Mission orphanage in India, where the live happily with their 120+ children!

John Koppel

Board Member

John resides in the San Francisco bay area where he is employed as a Vice President at a global food company.  John is married to his sweetheart and has two lovely daughters.  In his spare time, he enjoys running, sailing and reading.

Larry Johnson

Board Member

Larry lives with his wife in the San Francisco Bay area. He has recently retired from his career life as a retail pharmacist. He has two wonderful adult daughters. No pets at this time, but he is partial to dogs. Cats? Not so much.

Dan Menegus

Board Member

Dan is a Director within Gas Operations for Pacific Gas Electric Company in the San Francisco Bay Area. He lives in the East Bay with his wife, Lynn, who he married in college. He has two remarkable adult sons, and enjoys reading, travel and volunteering in his spare time.

Royce Nicolaisen

Board President

Royce is a native to Northern California, and is CEO of Otis McAllister, Inc., a global food company.  He lives with his wife, Marjorie, and dog, Ollie, in San Francisco’s East Bay.  He has three incredible adult daughters and is a new grandfather.

Ginny Ross

Board Secretary

Ginny and her husband Mike live in the San Francisco Bay area with their two children. She is an avid lover of philanthropy, traveling, sewing and sharing. In her free time, she hikes Bay Area trails and scours Pinterest for delicious recipes.

Brian OShea

Board Member

Brian has worked in the bio-pharmaceutical industry for the past 30 years, and currently leads a team that focuses on developing global pricing and market access strategies for Genentech. Brian enjoys lecturing at UC Berkeley School of Public Health and Haas Business School on health policy and economics. He is pursuing a Masters in Public Health.  Brian spends his free time with his wife, Liz, and his two daughters. The O’Sheas can frequently be found hiking in the area hills or hanging out in San Francisco.

Rob Schock


Rob provides expertise in the areas of finance and general management with over 30 years of senior management experience. Rob is currently CFO at Picture Marketing (CA) and Superior Ostrich (TX). He is also active at the Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church where serves as a Deacon and a Stephens minister. He has also serves as a mentor for the Bakar Fellows program at UC Berkeley, has been a mentor for both the UC Berkeley Haas Business School’s and the UC Davis Business School#8217;s Annual Business Plan Competitions.

Patty Gonser

Board Member

Patty lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Bob and their two dogs. They have three children: 2 in college and one college graduate. After working as a corporate banker, Patty turned her focus to volunteering, helping raise money for the local public schools. Today she is an administrator at a local K-8 school and in her free time she enjoys running, cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Steve Ahonen

Board Member

Steve retired from public education as a teacher, coach, principal and district administrator after 39 years and is now serving as the director at Hope Academy for students with Dyslexia in Concord, California. In his spare time, Steve serves as the commissioner of the Bay Valley Athletic League. Steve and his wife Laurey have been married for 42 years. They have three adult married children and six grandchildren, ages 2 years old to 13 years old.

Our Sponsors

Children of Faith Missions offers its warm gratitude to our corporate partners, without whom our work would be literally impossible.

Otis McAllister - Sponsor of Children of Faith Missions
Chu and Waters - Sponsor of Children of Faith Missions
Beck Consulting, LLC - Sponsor of Children of Faith Missions
American Boradband Services - Sponsor of Children of Faith Missions

Financial Accountability

Children of Faith Missions is proud of its long-standing reputation of maintaining fundraising and administrative costs below the national average, with a full 94¢ out of every dollar going directly to support the children.  

Expenditures – April 1, 2012 through March 30, 2013

Graph of Expenditures – April 1, 2012 through March 30, 2013

Sources of Revenue – April 1, 2012 through March 30, 2013

Graph of Sources of Revenue – April 1, 2012 through March 30, 2013

As stewards of public trust, we hold sacred our obligation to our donors and the public to transparently report our financial activities.  We embrace this ethic and provide our most recent audits and IRS Form 990.

Special thanks to our accountant and tax preparer, Tim Hintzoglou, at Tax & Financial Services in Walnut Creek, CA.

IRS 990 – Click here to download.