Leading like Jesus is the goal of many women and men. Whether you lead a household, a small group, a church, or manage your team at work, Jesus’ serving-first style was anything but weak. His investment of love and time over 3 years into a few men, prepared them to launch and steward what has become the largest and most influential community of faith in the world for 18 centuries.
We set up an empty chair in our meetings, inviting God to take a seat as our Leader. Our men and women are trustworthy, solid, and faithful. Yet our founder sets the tone of open confession of sins of commission and omission–good days and bad ones are common to us all and we find his light cast into the broken places at times. We have each other’s back because we share the passion to serve Jesus when no one notices.
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.” — Malachi 4:5-6
A Spiritual Investment multiplied into a mighty Spiritual harvest–and creating a significant Economic ROI
From Pastor Dongo Namono, East Uganda,
“Before the Warrior course came to us from Kenyan Coordinators–most of ourfamilies were near starving. Mhy fellow pastors and I were eating one small portion of cornmeal each 2 days, so my wife and children could have one portion each day. But the story of a very poor farmer named Gideon filled my heart with strength and hope! The next day as the Kenyan teachers showed us how to mulch weeds and stubble–and add in animal manure, we all were filled with hope to change our lives.
The first season my meager crop was some better, but the next season it was double! Each year since . . .more
2020 Annual Report
Core 300 International is a California 501c3 Training and Development non-profit organization in good standing with Federal and State Governments.
Board of Directors, Core 300 International
Art Hobba – Founder and Chairman of Core 300 and PBL, Art has a unique blend of business leadership and pastoral experience and perspectives. He was a church planter and senior pastor for 14 years. He also has 2 years of experience serving in executive roles for several companies including 2 public technology companies and a global accounting firm. He founded Transcende in 2001, where he integrated Psycho-sociology and cultural transformation into a unique consulting and coaching firm serving mid-market to Fortune 500 companies.
Rev. Hobba wrote the popular men’s book “Called to War“, and Core 300’s boot-camp-style curricula, The Warrior, The Priest, and The King. Art and his wife Sharon have 5 grown sons, 2 grandsons, and two granddaughters.
Rev. Wycliffe Mudavadi – Director, serves Core 300’s Daughter ministry Principle Based Leadership (PBL) in Africa as Treasurer. graduating as a Building Science major, he spent the first 20 years in the role of architect and designer, working for the Kenyan government and later as a private practitioner. Married to Juliet, they have 8 beautiful children, where she mentors pastor’s wives when not managing a busy home. With her degree in Education, she is a contributing author for our new women’s curricula in development, The Warrior, Woman of God. Long called for in women’s prisons and by multitudes of wives.
Bishop Vincent Mugun, Director, serves Core 300 as Executive Director of our Daughter ministry, Principle Based Leadership (PBL) in Africa. He is married to Teresa, and they have 5 children and 5 grandchildren. Vincent leads the overall operations for PBL in East Africa. His calling to Core 300 first came during a three-day pastor’s conference in his hometown of Mt. Elgon, Kenya. With 5 other West-Kenyan Board Members, he oversees 160 certified Minister-Coordinators that are spread over 4 of Kenya’s 9 Regions. He also manages the rollout of our Prison rehabilitation partnership with the Kenyan government for all 109 prisons in Kenya, In addition to these responsibilities, he is the Founding Bishop of 19 churches–with each pastor serving under him for a season, where he continues to advise and provide oversight as needed.
Stephen Stebbins – Director, has been a founding member of our Board for 11 years. For the last 20 years, He has served as Regional Vice President and Vice President of Sales for several fast-growth technology companies. His passion is applying holistic rehabilitation for men and youth in developing nations and Urban commiunities that grow to become self-sustaining–contributing to the systemic elevation of regional economies and help apply this as treasurer and mentor. He and his wife Kim live in Leucadia, California.
Al Sutcavage – Secretary and Director, has been a long-term friend and business associate of our founder for over 25 years. As a multimedia engineer and business video expert for the last 30 years, Al provides strategic insight to our leadership while overseeing the secretarial Board role. He founded Video Advisors in 2014 and services and consults Fortune 500 corporations across the globe with high-level video communications solutions
US Advisory Board, Core 300
We are blessed with an active, multi-talented and godly team of advisors. Some of these Advisors also regularly attend our Board Meetings, contributing their ideas and tactical and strategic perspectives.
Anthony Barton – has been a close friend of our Founder and to Core 300. His passion for awakening and developing men is only exceeded by his gift for connecting like-hearted, action-oriented people together for the purpose of loving and bettering the human condition worldwide. Anthony Founded and led The A Specialists, selling the company in 2018, a founded Safe Kitchens soon thereafter. He and his family share a deep passion and calling to Africa. He lives in Agoura with his wife, Yolanda and they have 3 children together.
Dr. Glenn Burris – As a new retiree from the high office of President of Foursquare International, Glenn has been a friend and advisor to Art over the last years and helpful with key introductions to create synergies between Core 300 and his movement.
Stanley Gerlach – Has served the marginalized on boards like Union Rescue Mission for over 2 decades, and has traveled on numerous extended mission trips to developing nations to train and serve indigenous leaders alongside international relief organizations. Known in the Los Angeles area as a leader of integrity and generosity. With three decades of success in commercial real estate, “Stan” is Senior Vice President at CBRE. He lives with his wife Linda in Pacific Palisades, California
John D. Tayloe – John has over 30 years in international and US radio broadcasting experience, many in executive leadership. He founded and serves “Voice of Hope” as President. John and his wife Heather also founded Strategic Communications Group in 1998, a ministry vision that is ever-expanding. Strategic Communications Group’s purpose is to “reach the world, with God’s Word, through radio”, and their coverage exceeds 500 million people per day–many of whom are Muslim. Their African station covers 75% of the continent. John and Heather live with their children in Moorpark, California.
Core 300, Kenya
Principle Based Leadership
PBL is a Kenyan non-profit Training and Development Association registered in Kenya. As a prolific grassroots training institution, most of the operations budget is funded by the parent organization, Core 300 International. It was established by founder Art Hobba and co-founders Barack Nyongesa and Alex Achuti in 2014. Today, its Board of Directors operates the growing community of 200 national leaders and volunteers who are tasked with responding to the movement of the Holy Spirit among men and their families in Kenya, which is overflowing into Eastern Uganda.
Practically, PBL operates in a close spirit of trust and unity with its parent organization, communicating daily in a fruitful and collaborative Father-Son-like partnership. Approximately 75-85% of the income of Core 300 Intl. is directed towards supporting PBL, each year. However, self-sustainability via entrepreneurial programs already in place should be able to carry the lion’s share of operational costs as Kenya prepares to fully expand towards Central and Eastern Kenya and the nation of Uganda in a few years’ time.
Ministry of Prisons Rehabilitation, Training and Development
Church Leaders Training and Development
Economic and Entrepreneurial Development
PBL Board of Directors,
Rev. Alex Achuti – Co-founder and Director, and Co-Founder of the PBL movement with Barack, Alex is a skilled counselor, pastor, and savvy entrepreneur–adding to our skillset as men frequently have to rebuild their lives–especially as Ex-cons. As a skilled personal coach, he has mentored and even sponsored some of our young men into successful business start-ups. As one of our most animated and effective teachers, he and Barack went out–just the 2 of them–to many West-Kenyan and East-Ugandan rural locations putting on the first 100 of our Warrior Conferences for pastors and church leaders, establishing this ministry as potent, transformative, and trustworthy. He gives in Bungoma with his wife Joy, son, daughter and two grandchildren
Mdm. Rose Andange – Director, and Team Leader of Government Affairs – Semi-retired today, Rose has worked in Nairobi in central government positions of upper management for the last 3 decades. Thus she has deep connections and experience navigating the halls of bureaucracy within Kenya’s highest offices–opening doors and providing access to our senior leaders to develop partnerships and pilot programs in Bungoma County and elsewhere. Rose lives with her husband Frank and their adult son training for a career in minsitry
Rev. Art Hobba, Founder and Chairman, See above description
Rev. Wycliffe Mudavadi – Treasurer and Director, serves PBL as Treasurer. graduating as a Building Science major, he spent the first 20 years in the role of architect and designer, working for the Kenyan government, and later as a private practitioner. . Wycliffe is highly gifted with numbers and data, he has been an instrumental addition to the Board leadership at PBL and is our newest member of the US Board as of Spring 2021.
Bish. Vincent Mugun Executive Director..Vincent leads the overall operations for PBL in East Africa. His calling to Core 300 first came during a three-day pastor’s conference in his hometown of Mt. Elgon, Kenya. With 5 other West-Kenyan Board Members, he overseeing 190 certified Pastor-Coordinators spread over 4 of Kenya’s 9 Regions. He also manages the rollout, and our Prison rehabilitation partnership with the Kenyan government for all 109 prisons in Kenya, In addition to these responsibilities, he is the Founding Bishop of 19 churches–with each pastor serving under him for a season, where he continues to advise and provide oversight as needed. He is married to Teresa, who also works on the writing team of The Warrior, Woman of God. They have 5 children and 5 grandchildren together.
Rev. Barack Nyongesa – Co-founder and Director, Co-Founder, and Lead Coordinator of all Holistic Helps ministries, is a farming expert that has brought Holistic training to 15,000 men over the last 6 years–launching our Jiggers Clinics, Healthcare and Nutrition initiatives as well as serving as one of our best teachers. From 2013-2015, he and Alex went out–just the 2 of them–to many locations putting on the first 100 of our Warrior Conferences for pastors and church leaders, establishing this ministry as potently reproductive, transformative, and trustworthy in the Western Region of Kenya and Eastern Uganda. Barack is a farmer and associate pastor at the local church he and his wife Mercy, and their 6 children attend together.
Rev. Jacob Sudi – Director, serves PBL (Core 300) as Director and Secretary. He has been very effective at finding men and developing into Coordinators and currently leads p to 3 of our 10-man Cluster Groups of Coordinators in the Mount Elgon Region. He and his wife Grace founded and serve their growing local church
Rev. Augustine Wesonga – Director, Lead Coordinator of Motor Wings and Jigger Clinics, he has a keen business mind and feels sincerely that his greatest privilege is to kneel before and cure children and the elderly of rancid Jigger infestations. He serves a local church with his wife Edna, and they have 6 children together
Field Data Acquisition, Reporting, and Research
Early into our movement’s arrival in Kenya, our founder established and maintained a culture of excellence regarding financial best practices, accountability, and leadership values. Field data (activities, results, and impact) gathering and reporting formats–and more recently–research and metrics, are being developed to validate the quality and “shelf-life” of the 32,000 transformed families through our training, development, and Holistic Helps ministries.
In 2019, one of our international Board Members created and implemented the Wives’ Survey tool to confidentially record the graduates’ wive’s observations and opinions regarding the changes in her husband since he graduated from the Warrior Course. We also created one for those men who had completed both the Warrior and Priest. The 5 Rater Statements and 2-page summary report can be downloaded here.
Our Team on the ground began conducting Confidential Wives Surveys with the spouses of the Men who had graduated from the Warrior and the Priest Course (Figure 1) as well as those whose husbands had just completed the Warrior course a few months earlier. Five rater statements were formed to capture the key virtues of a man’s behavior in his Culture–and ones that were, in large regard almost non-existent in most African men today.
The wives of the more mature cohort ranked their husband–when averaging rater scores together–found as either”Improved” or “Much Improved” 95.5% over their state of behavior p[prior to taking the first Warrior course.
Although the tendencies recorded for both groups of wives were the same, the scores on the recent graduates were, on average, about 5-15% lower than the men who had been walking in their new life–with the freedoms and principles of the Holy Spirit and both courses for some years.
2013 to 2020 Impact Statistical Summary
For the last 8 years, the modest financial support raised by Core 300 of a little more than $500,000 (85% of which went directly to this mission), the above results were literally impossible to achieve by any stretch of the imagination. Though all of us gave the best of our sweat equity and labor to this effort, none of the US or African team members were prepared by education or international mission experience to contribute a significant level of talent. Pause and consider with us what we know to be true: The only explanation of the string of successes and logic-defying opportunities placed before us is that this is a sovereign movement of God. All of the glory for any accomplishments or good fortune must therefore be given to God alone. For” it is in Him that we live and move, and have our being” –Acts 17:28
Although it is impossible to measure the amount of gross wealth that has been generated through the efforts of our mission, in consideration of the testimonials of business successes and agricultural yield increases reported to be between 200-800%–and rising–there is clearly a very real and practical economic accelerator that was ignited into our constituents. Equipped with a transformed and entrepreneurial mind and the breakthrough farming knowledge conveyed to 16,000 men–applying an overall rise in work-ethic in 94% of the Wives’ Surveys, our efforts applied in situ have given these 24,000 men who are non incarcerates–and their respondent families, we have attempted to gauge a number in US Dollars of how much wealth has been generated that would not have been there if God had not brought us. Using the average household incomes of both Kenya and Uganda, our estimate of the return on investment for these 16,000 holistically trained head of households close to 1,000,000 USD
Since 2013, over $600,000 in financial support and Spiritual “Capital” of prayer, vision, and leadership has been invested by our donors, volunteers, and staff into PBL by godly men and women of prayer and action. Thus there has been a 200% capital gain in Kingdom-based growth and transformation earned by our supporters–and re-invested into skills development, farming, new business development, children’s and family health, and education!
Though many more things have been and are being done by the Holy Spirit that cannot be put into a spreadsheet, the multigenerational impact among some 200,000 children today–in such a short time–the fruits of godly hard work, and the faith-producing hope they will bear into future generations has awakened the power of freedom, innovation, and prosperity fueled by the release of the Kingdom’s assets, righteousness, peace, and joy to the once barren lands and hearts of Kenya-Uganda.
PS – Finally, the evidence of our Wives Surveys and the Ministry Impact numbers—the marriages that have been healed, and the ex-cons who will not be returning to the Hell of the penitentiary are staggering. For our founder–whose calling was to follow the Father in Heaven and serve the cause of the fatherless–and those who have labored by his side with the one Spirit of God, the greatest reward is in the healing of the father-wound in all that come–and the prospect of generations still not yet born, who will not suffer it deadly rejection, abuse, and deserts of unwantedness.
Thank You–for all who have prayed and fasted–and for all who have given. If we shall be known by our fruit, then rich indeed are we all on Earth and in Heaven!
Art Hobba, Chairman and President, Core 300 International, Chairman, PBL
Recent Financial and Government Reports
Values and Beliefs
We prescribe to the Nicene Creed (modified to include the Holy Scriptures):
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through Him, all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day, he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy universal and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.
We believe in the power of the Holy Scriptures, the Bible, inerrant in its original writing, God-breathed and written down by anointed mortal men in service to God by the Holy Spirit; The Word is discerning, insightful, and illumination into the human heart; He is our Convictor of sin; Builder of faith; Bearer of sorrows; Physician-healer, Bread of Life for our spiritual nutrition, and our Light and General into victorious warfare. And our Holy Spirit uses it to apply it all to the seeking human heart and mind instruct us in righteousness, grace, love, and truth.
- The Flesh, or carnal human nature
- The world system
- The Devil and his minions
- All of which was overcome by Christ in us, if we walk in Him.
Integrity is derived from the Latin word integritas, used for wholeness, unity, excellence, oneness, and complete. This is the quality of heart and excellence in execution that has been embraced by our Stakeholders, Staff, Volunteers, and service professionals.
Transparency is an important value for us. Our books are open to any interested investor or Partner. We are committed to transparency in all we do–and in following best practices in our financial stewardship. We subscribe to Intelligent Philanthropy, which has evaluated our annual financials and ministry results and accounting for the last 6 years. Recently we have joined GuideStar as well. Feel free to review our 2017 and 2018 Profit and Loss statements here OR call or write us any questions you may have regarding our operations, policies, and accountability.