Tami Snowden was raised in Littleton, Colorado. She graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado with a degree in Business Administration. After college, Tami spent 17 years in the health-care industry in Denver as a sales executive.
In 1998, on a short-term mission trip to Kazakhstan, Tami received a dramatic calling to leave her career and serve the Lord in full-time mission work with at-risk children. She then attended Denver Seminary and joined the mission group Pioneers, spending the next three years working in three government-run orphanages in the country of Kyrgyzstan, in Central Asia.
During her time in Kyrgyzstan she met an orphan named Tabi who had severe facial deformities.Tami worked with the Kyrgyz government to bring Tabi to America for facial reconstruction. A mother-daughter bond developed between Tami and Tabi, and Tami decided to pursue adopting Tabi. This seemed like an impossible feat; the Kyrgyz government had not allowed a foreign adoption in decades, and never to a single woman.
Tami’s faith was challenged and relationship with God deepened as she relied on Him to do the impossible. Tami was able to adopt Tabi in December 2004. You can read more about Tami’s journey with Tabi here.
Tami continues to work with Pioneers and the Evangelical Presbyterian church’s mission organization, World Outreach, in Denver. She is the Director of Children at Risk for Stand4Kids, a ministry of Pioneers. She has trained under Dr. Phyllis Kilbourn on topics related to children at risk such as: trauma and crisis care, street children, orphaned children, human trafficking and HIV/AIDS.
She works on two fronts. In the U.S., she raises awareness of the desperate needs of children at risk, is a resource for the church, and works to mobilize the church to action to care for the “least of these.” Internationally, Tami is a resource and consultant for the many Pioneers and World Outreach field teams.
Tami co-authored a curriculum about children at risk called Red Card (www.redcardkids.org) designed to engage the entire family to act on behalf of vulnerable children. To preview this unique curriculum that can be used in your church, click on the video below:
Tami is available to speak, or teach on issues surrounding children at risk. Tami’s goal is to impassion, equip, and ignite the body of Christ to respond to the needs of children that surround them.
She bases her ministry on Proverbs 31:8, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.”
To may contact Tami, by going to: Tami Snowden