Refugee Hope Partners

Ministry Partners


Learn More About Our Staff

Refugee Hope Partners exists by the generosity of our supporters. 
Our full-time staff are missionaries, responsible for raising their own support.

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Michele suffridge - executive director

Michele graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in mathematics and worked as a programmer and technical trainer before leaving corporate life to become a full-time mom of five.  She became involved at Cedar Point when several Karen families from Burma began attending her church eleven years ago.  After developing a tutoring ministry for Karen students at her church (Christ Covenant Church of Raleigh), the Lord led her to become involved with a broader group of refugee families living at Cedar Point. She has enjoyed many years of building relationships in this community. Michele is a member of Christ Covenant Church of Raleigh.

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sarah beth sickling - cedar point site director/missionary

Sarah Beth graduated from North Georgia College and State University in 2010.  After that, she spent two years as a missionary to university students in Mahasarakham, Thailand through the International Missions Board's Journeyman program.  Upon returning to the US, she began a master's program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated in May, 2016.  Sarah Beth joined the full-time RHP team in January of 2017.  Sarah Beth lives on-site at Cedar Point and is a member of Imago Dei Church.

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 amanda herbert - cedar point program director/missionary

Amanda graduated from Appalachian State University in May 2016 with a degree in Child Development.  She grew up as a camper at New Life Camp, serving as a volunteer and then as a summer staff member from 2011-2016.  She has always had a heart for children and for loving on people of all nations and cultures.  She was first drawn to Refugee Hope Partners when she saw that she didn't have to travel far, but that the nations were in her own backyard here in Raleigh.  She started her involvement with Refugee Hope Partners as an intern in January 2016.  Her eyes were opened to so much about the refugee situation here in America, and she grew a love for this community and a passion for advocating for these families which led to a decision to join the full-time team in August 2016.  Amanda is a member of Summit - North Raleigh Church.

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elizabeth rudd - homework help director/missionary

Elizabeth graduated from Appalachian State University in 2014 with a degree in Elementary Education. She spent her past 12 summers working at New Life Camp as a CIT, camp counselor, program staff member, and in recent years serves as the Day Camp Program Director. After graduating, she taught Kindergarten for three years at a Title 1 school in Wake County. It was there she was exposed to the hardships families face, even here in America, and the need for strong family advocates in the educaiton system.

Elizabeth was called to join the full-time team at Refugee Hope Partners in August 2017. She is married to Josh Rudd whom she met while serving at New Life Camp.

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justine wagner - preschool teacher (PART-TIME)

Justine graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Elementary Education. After college, she served in India for two years on a church planting team. After returning to the US, she moved to Raleigh to take classes at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Justine is passionate about education and enjoys serving the children and families of Cedar Point to provide educational support.  Justine is a member at Imago Dei Church.  

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