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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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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

05/15/18 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

“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

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

Hope sounds beautiful in Haitian Creole

04/04/16 By:

Stanley chatters non-stop to me in Creole as he shows me around the tiny mud hut that he calls “home.” At first, I don’t understand a word he’s saying, but that doesn’t seem to bother him as he shows me his bed and explains to me, through a variety of hand and facial gestures, that he gets wet when rain seeps its way through the numerous cracks in the tin roof. There are virtually no furnishings in the hut, and running water and electricity are just a distant dream. Having lost both of their parents, Stanley and his sister live with their aging grandmother, who struggles to meet even their most basic needs. This family is clearly no stranger to … Read more

Prayer for our New Missionaries

03/09/15 By:

Meet the next wave of Kids Alive Missionaries. We just finished a new missionary orientation at the Kids Alive home office. Please pray for each of these men and woman in various stages of the process. Some are just getting started with their fundraising while others are leaving for language school this week. Pray as they prepare to leave their homes, friends, and families on the journey God’s called each of them on. Seth and Jessica Howell, PeruJoan Troyer, Dominican RepublicChristina Ent, Dominican RepublicErick and Kindsey Schneider, Dominican RepublicBrandon and Brandy Fuller, ZambiaJosh and Tammy Griffin, Dominican RepublicMax and Stephanie Tapullima, PeruDavid Johnson, Dominican Republic Read more

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