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What does a desperate child do while he waits for a sponsor? He thanks God for your “shelter” gift, providing a place of refuge from abuse, poverty, malnutrition, exploitation ¬– even war. We’re doing our best to find sponsors…in the meantime you can help us start them on the road to bright futures while they wait!

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Author:Matt Parker

05/23/18 By:

“How do I know that Kids Alive’s work really makes a difference?” This was the question I was asked recently by one of our faithful, committed child sponsors. And it is an important question! Every person who supports Kids Alive’s work has the right to know how their gifts are being used to ensure long-term transformation in the lives of vulnerable children, their families and communities. This is the same question that we have been asking ourselves, too – and so we have been gathering data from our children’s homes, schools and care centers in different countries around the world to explore the impact our work is having. The results are striking. In Dominican Republic, for example, we have found … Read more

05/23/18 By:

Thirteen-year-old Kevin lives with his aging grandmother in a tiny, dilapidated hut in a rural Kenyan village. At least, Kevin calls her his grandmother. The reality is, he has no blood relative that is able or willing to take care of him and meet his needs. Kevin has no birth certificate either – which means that, according to the law, he has no rights. Right now, he can’t even sit his elementary school exams. And to cap it all, Kevin and his “grandmother” are being threatened with eviction from the small plot of land they live on – even though they simply have nowhere else to go. In Proverbs 31:8, we are called to “Speak up for those who cannot … Read more

05/15/18 By:

The steep mountainside in Manchay, Peru, is covered with a multitude of ramshackle huts clinging precariously to the rocky slopes. The higher up the mountain you live, the bleaker the terrain becomes – and the poorer you are. Margarita has lived in Manchay for eight years, arriving here after the sudden death of her husband. She was pregnant with her fifth child at the time. Living on the mountain in a hovel with no electricity or running water – and with five hungry mouths to feed on very little income – she soon became desperate. Wiping tears from her eyes, Margarita shares with me how everything was transformed for her family: “When I came to Kids Alive, I had no … Read more

Rescue and redemption in 2017

12/04/17 By:

2017 has been a really important – and very encouraging – year for Kids Alive. This first year of our second century of ministry has provided us with some exciting new opportunities for helping some of the most needy and traumatized kids in the countries that we serve around the world. We’ve been able to provide comfort and healing for children and families who are experiencing the effects of many types of crises: war, famine, fires, floods, and disease. We’ve increased educational opportunities for thousands of children through upgrading our school classrooms, vocational facilities, and teaching programs, and worked with local governments to help create policies and solutions that protect children from exploitation and abuse. We’ve seen lives radically changed … Read more

“What has encouraged you about Kids Alive during the past six months?”

07/11/17 By:

This was the question that I was asked recently by a passionate Kids Alive supporter. And as I responded, I realized once again that we have so much to be encouraged about and thankful for! And so I thought I would begin this newsletter by summarizing my “top six encouragements” so far this year! 1. I see God at work in Kids Alive – and lives are being changed forever! This is the reason we exist – to reflect the love of Christ into needy, hurting communities and to give children and their families the opportunity to experience fullness of life in Him. It is such a joy to me to hear stories of children responding to the Word of … Read more

“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

03/27/17 By:

My wife, Mel, and I served with Kids Alive as missionaries in Lebanon for twelve years. We had some wonderful times and had the privilege of seeing many children’s lives transformed forever. We made some great friends among the people who served alongside us. We witnessed God’s protection, sometimes in ways that can only be described as miraculous. And we saw His hand working in many, many situations! But being a missionary wasn’t always easy. Sometimes life was tough, even painful. There were times of civil conflict in the country when the threat of violence was never far away. Seeing the pain of the children we were working with was heart breaking. Sometimes we had to make tough decisions. The workload … Read more

A country brought to its knees and the God who cares…

03/09/17 By:

I was waiting in an airport departure lounge to board a plane when the email landed in my inbox. It was from my good friend, Francis Tombe, Kids Alive’s field director in South Sudan. The first words my eyes caught were “I don’t know what to do!” and my blood ran cold. The hubbub of noise created by airplane passengers around me faded into the background as I read, and re-read, Francis’ email. It was devastating. A famine has been declared in South Sudan. Men, women, children, babies, are dying of hunger. With the shortages of food, the prices of even basic supplies have skyrocketed. People simply cannot afford to buy food. Despite being weak with hunger, some are wandering … Read more

Crossing the line from despair to hope…

02/14/17 By:

You step across the railway line to get into the Misisi slum in Lusaka, Zambia. And when you cross the line, you enter a world of squalor and suffering. Children with nowhere to go and nobody to care for them sit silently along the edges of the streets, staring at me as I pass. Unloved and forgotten, there are no smiles to be seen on their lips, no hope to be found in their eyes. Mothers, seeking to provide for their children, are often forced into selling themselves for a pittance before they can purchase scraps of food. Young men with no opportunities, no prospects, and no chance get stoned on the local brew, get into fights, and fall headlong … Read more

Here’s what “thriving” looks like in Kenya!

02/06/17 By:

Being an organization that is “growing and thriving” is one of Kids Alive’s three core commitments as we enter our second century of ministry. And, as I conclude a three-day, whirlwind visit of our Kenya programs, I am encouraged to see how our children and staff in this poverty-stricken country are living out this commitment on a daily basis. Our children in Kenya come from the toughest of backgrounds. They come to us hurting, bewildered, and bruised as a result of the suffering they have experienced through being orphaned, abandoned, abused, hungry, or sick. Yet the sense of joy that exists in our family-style homes and school in Kenya is inspiring. Smiles, singing, and laughter abound. The progress that many … Read more

Shining God’s love in the darkness

01/16/17 By:

We live in an increasingly fragile and unstable world. According to the UN, almost 93 million people in 33 countries will need humanitarian aid this year. The number of refugees globally now stands at its highest level ever. Trafficking, abuse, poverty, disease, and hunger remain constant threats to so many vulnerable people across the globe. In 2017, Kids Alive will be there, working in some of the darkest places of the world – to follow Jesus, offer excellent care and support, and share eternal hope with vulnerable children and their families. We remain committed to serving in South Sudan, now ranked as one of the world’s poorest and most dangerous countries following a brutal three-year civil war. Our focus remains … Read more

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