Our Team

Marc Spear

President
Business – Insurance, Finance, Coffee

I never thought I’d have a multi-cultural family much less be a founding member of a grass roots effort to rescue orphans. This concern for orphans is a new thing for me – if new is within the last five years.

Rescuing orphans was the last thing on my mind when we adopted. My focus was not on the rescue, but simply on following God’s plans for our growing family. And I still don’t view our personal adoption journey as a rescue effort, but our purpose behind LHC is definitely that – and it’s a massive effort. And this notion of “Love Has Come” became obvious to me as the burden for the orphan weighed heavier and heavier on my heart. Further, founding this organization did not involve a tumultuous thought process between “should we or shouldn’t we.” We just “did” and we knew it was right. And at this time no, I don’t have time for it. And no, I don’t have the energy for it. But what I lack, God has and gives freely. I thank God for clarity of purpose and I trust Him to provide everything needed to keep up with His ambitious intentions for LHC.

And when I get tired, I sneak into Malea and Elani’s room at night and watch them sleep peacefully and I get new strength. When I watch the girls sleep, I know they rest well with the peace that comes from being loved fully and unconditionally. They know they are important; valuable. And they know they are chosen. They know they belong and were created by the Almighty God for a special purpose. They know they are…my girls.

Brad Ihrig

Vice President
Family Doctor

My calling has been to serve God through my profession as a family doctor. I love children and specifically went into family medicine so that I could take care of children and their families in a missionary context. I had the privilege of serving in Mongolia in various capacities for 12 years, many of them involving the care of little ones. Children have always had a special place in my heart, but I knew I could not love children to the fullest extent alone. I met a special lady in Mongolia who is now my wife, a Dutch school teacher who shares my love and compassion for children. We have been blessed with a wonderful son and daughter from Mongolia and are in the process of adopting again, this time from Montana.

I love being a part of Love Has Come because we know firsthand what a blessing our adopted children have brought to our family and want others to share in this special gift. We know there are many misconceptions and perceived obstacles to adoption and so desire to provide information and guidance to help relieve fears for those considering this option for their family.

Abby Spear

Secretary, Team lead Go Adopt
Mom, Clatters Coffee House

I am blessed to be married to Marc and the mom to 4 awesome daughters.
My days are filled with driving kids around, managing our family run coffee house, and helping to lead the Go Adopt portion of Love Has Come.

A verse that has really spoken to me recently is 2 Timothy 1:9. ” He has saved us and called us to a holy life, not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace.”

By God’s grace alone are we able to help others. It is so fulfilling to be a part of what He is doing in orphan care here and around the world.

Joe Danzer,  aka “Photo Joe”

Official Photographer

Joe Danzer is the owner of Mad Hatter Photography in Missoula, MT. After losing his parents at a young age Joe feels a longing to help children in need of love. He and his wife, Danelle, are raising three children (two adopted) and would like to contribute more to the needs of other orphans. Joe also, through the use of photography, would like to bring awareness to the needs of orphans to our community and globally.

Mike Kauffman

Treasurer
Site Controller, Vaccines

I am the husband of a wonderful wife (Janet) and father of two fantastic adult children (Alissa & Shane). Having a family adds depth and richness to life that is hard to explain if you haven’t experienced it. Seeing children who don’t have a family to call their own breaks my heart. Everyone needs a place in this world to call home.

At some point, we’ve all been without a family until we choose to be adopted as God’s own through the saving grace of Jesus Christ. So I was also an orphan earlier in life – a spiritual orphan. On that level, I can relate to these kids. I want to see orphans adopted both physically and spiritually.

I decided to get involved with Love Has Come out of a sense of gratitude for what God has done for me, and a desire to be obedient to Him. Numbers and finances are kind of my thing, so if I can somehow add value to this worthy organization, I’m all in. As the treasurer, I can assure you the integrity of Love Has Come is as good as gold. These folks walk what they talk. If you choose to invest in this organization, you can be confident that your money is being used as you expect it to be – to help orphans.

For my day job, I’m the site controller for a major vaccines producer located in the Bitterroot Valley south of Missoula. It keeps me busy and allows for travel to Europe and around the U.S. My great job is yet another reason why I feel so blessed.

In a nutshell, this verse sums up why I am involved – Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world – James 1:26-27

Acey Koshatka

Fund-raising Roustabout
Clerk with US Postal Service

My wife and I count it a joy and a blessing that God some 8 years ago blessed us with our adopted son and count it even more joy to have been adopted into His family. What a journey life has been!

I am looking forward to what God has in store for us at Love Has Come and hope to help and serve as best I can at LHC. As Christ in John 14:18 promises His people, “I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.” It is LHC’s hope to advocate for orphans by helping and supporting adoptive families and we are excited to help in any way we can. Thanks for any support you can give to LHC whether it be your time or financial support to fund LHC’s Forever Family Fund and help lessen the financial burden for families looking to rescue an orphan. God bless. Acey Koshatka

Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.  – Isaiah 1:17

Lara Wildeboer

 

Boardie
Mom, Foster/Adoptive Care Ministries Coordinator at MAC

I joined the LHC board in November 2015.  I’ve had the opportunity to serve and volunteer in many kid-related causes, both in schools and in my church for the 12 years I’ve lived in Missoula.  Most recently I’ve had the privilege of working as the Foster/Adoptive Care Ministries Coordinator at Missoula Alliance Church. Working with these courageous families that step up to care for children in Missoula needing love and security, as well as seeing the hard work that moms and dads do to reunite their family is inspiring, and leaves me desiring to be a part of something that will support all children in Missoula being loved and secure.  I am thrilled to be on the team and look forward to serving with you!

Pete Joy

Boardie

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Amy Livesay

Boardie

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Matt McNutt

Boardie

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Randy Nixon

Boardie

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