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Category:KAI News

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

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

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

Dark days in Sudan need the light of Christ

07/05/16 By:

Just over three years ago, at the beginning of 2013, while visiting Juba in South Sudan, I met with a pastor who had recently moved to Juba from Khartoum, Sudan’s capital city. At one point in our conversation he leaned across the table, looked at me sadly and said “Dark, difficult days are coming for Christian believers in Sudan.” He was right. During the past three years, the persecution of Christians in Sudan has accelerated and shows no sign of abating. In fact, between 2011 and 2015, the nation has risen from #35 to #8 on the Open Doors World Watch List, a ranking of nations where persecution of Christians is most severe. Christians in Sudan have suffered. Many have … Read more

Terror Attacks in Paris

11/16/15 By:

Like millions of other people around the world, I watched with shock and horror as events in Paris unfolded last Friday. More than 120 people who had set out for an evening with friends and family, to attend a sporting event, a music concert, or simply to enjoy a meal together, never returned home. Hundreds more have been injured, and for many, life will never be the same. The attacks in Paris came just hours after another, less publicized, attack took place in a city where I lived for 12 years and that I still, to a significant degree, consider as “home.” More than 40 people were killed in two suicide bombings in Beirut’s suburbs. Without the actions of one … Read more

Matt Parker in Guatemala

10/26/15 By:

In October 2015, I visited Kids Alive International’s programs in Guatemala where I witnessed firsthand some amazing transformations taking place in the lives of the children in our care. This post offers a glimpse into this exciting and innovative ministry… Beaming smiles. Happy voices. Joyful laughter. These things are in abundance among the 61 girls at “The Oasis”. And this is remarkable given what these girls have endured. Most of these girls have been subjected to appalling sexual abuse – including kidnapping, prostitution and child pornography. Several girls, as young as 13 years of age, are caring for babies as a result of rape. All of them came to the Oasis bearing deep emotional scars. Many had learning difficulties. And, … Read more

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