Our Team

Just like the women of South Sudan weave ordinary grass into vessels of beauty and function, we believe we are stronger woven together by Jesus.  It is an honor to be family with our South Sudanese brothers and sisters and join with them to see Papa’s will done on earth as it is in heaven.


Carolyn Figlioli: Iris South Sudan & Yei Children’s Village Director

Carolyn has lived in South Sudan since August 2009 and is the Country Director for Iris South Sudan.  She is from Texas and a retired Navy Chief. She always jokes that she has been built for this work, her entire life being prepared for it. She adores the Holy Spirit and worship and this is the staple of life for the team and the children at this base. Her main focus is always the spiritual well being of her team.  She has written a book about her journey in South Sudan and beyond called Follow Me:  Journey into South Sudan And Into The Father’s Heart” which is available on Amazon in paperback or kindle formats.


Helga Preece

Helga Preece: Luwero Uganda Base Manager

Helga comes to us from Florida and is tireless in her work just loving our children. She has such a big heart to see them walk in their gifting and callings and does everything she can to encourage them to be confident in who God has called them to be. Helga also handles much of the administrative side of things at our Luwero Base.