Dominican Republic (MNN) — In April, Kids Alive International held a contest on Mission Network News for an all-expense paid trip to the Dominican Republic for two. The winner of the contest was Becky Mead, who is currently cashing in on her prize with her husband, Dan.
Before Becky entered the contest, neither she nor her husband knew much about Kids Alive. Of course, since the two have spent a week in the Dominican Republic with a close-up view of the ministry, that has all changed.
Since the couple has been in the Dominican Republic, they have been able to spend time interacting with children in Kids Alive orphanages, visiting Kids Alive schools, checking out building projects and enjoying a Sunday church service.
"[We've gotten] to see what they've been able to accomplish in 20 years and their plans to reach out more," says Becky. "The job is huge, but they're really dedicated and very caring to all the kids they come in contact with."
Becky's husband, Dan, has also been impressed by the organization. Dan is a pastor and hopes to use what he's experienced in the Dominican Republic to springboard an international missions offering at his church, perhaps even encouraging people to get involved with the work of Kids Alive.
"They know the immediacy of the physical, and yet they don't neglect the spiritual," notes Dan. "I'm very impressed with the balance and the emphases they already have. If someone has a heart for missions and a desire to work with children, it would be a great place to investigate as a missions option."
Kids Alive is dedicated to rescuing kids around the world by providing spiritual, educational, social, physical and emotional needs. As their program in the Dominican Republic grows, more hands, finances and prayer are needed. Becky and Dan have testified to the effectiveness and integrity of this ministry. If you would like to get involved with Kids Alive, click here and learn how.