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About Zoya Ministries 

Zoya word derived from the Greek word Zoe meaning “God’s life”.


At Zoya, we share the love of Jesus Christ by meeting basic human needs in developing communities. In partnership with ministries and missionaries locally and abroad, we send teams of medical volunteers to remote communities. These missions include support for orphanages, distribution of food & clean drinking water, and constructing homes in developing areas in addition to providing medical care, supplies, and vitamins.


We invite you to explore the various ways to donate and support Zoya in a way that fits your giving goals. Rest assured that your support will not only bless many lives but will also enrich your life as well! What sets Zoya apart from charities is that we are 100% volunteer staffed, meaning all your support goes directly to those who need it most. What began as a simple medical ministry has flourished and grown to include dental, ophthalmology, surgical, home construction, food distribution and a heartwarming ceremony of washing children’s feet with provision of new shoes. All of this has been possible because of partners like you. It’s your time, talent, and treasure that fuel our mission. We are grateful for all the faithful volunteers, staff and donors who have supported Zoya through the years.


We covet your prayers and ask that you consider how you might partner with us to impact lives in the months and years to come.

Tony Rodriguez

Board President

Tony has supported Zoya Ministries since 2005. Zoya’s first mission trip was to Nigeria in 2006 and has since been blessed to have served in several medical missions to include Africa, Nicaragua, Haiti, Guatemala, Kenya and locally in the U.S. Today, Tony serves as Board President overseeing Zoya’s outreach which spans the globe and has touched thousands of lives with the love of Christ through medical missions and food distributions efforts. Tony grew up in the Texas border town of Eagle Pass, the oldest of five children. At the tender age of 2, Tony survived a bus accident that threatened to cost him his leg. He also suffered from debilitating asthma. His parents committed to giving their lives to the Lord as they experienced Tony’s miraculous healing! At the age of 10, Tony made his own commitment to Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior was the first in his family to graduate from college. He currently lives in Carrollton, Texas with his wife of 35 years and enjoy spending quality time with their three adult daughters, sons-in-law, and beloved granddaughter. When he is not cheering for the Texas Longhorns, he enjoys the outdoors, travel, scuba, golf, and is a verified master griller (the indisputable King of Ribs).

Dr. David Abebefe

Executive Director - Chief Medical Officer

Born in Nigeria;  Dr David Olatunji Abebefe at an early age survived a serious illness with the loving care of a great pediatrician the late Dr Ransome Kuti . He decided at an early age to pursue medicine as a way of giving back just as he has been healed. He entered medical school at an early age and graduated from the the top rated medical school in Nigeria University College of Medicine Ibadan ,He then migrated to the United States where he completed his post graduate training and has been in the practice of Emergency Medicine over the last 30years. He was inspired to establish Zoya Ministry in 1999 as a means of communicating God’s love by doing medical missions focusing on the poor ; forgotten and the less fortunate. He’s a father of 11 children with 3 adopted from an orphanage in Nigeria during one of the mission trips to Nigeria. He’s married to Rachel Abebefe and lives in Plano Texas. He continues to serve as medical director for Zoya Ministries.


Folu Peters


Traci Hudgens


Dr. Theresa Kuforiji

Board Member

Dr. James Ochuka

Board Member

Miguel Ordaz

Board Member

Deinde Peters

Board Member

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