It All Started
Heart of the Bride was established in 1998 as a non-profit organization dedicated to helping provide for the needs of orphans around the world. Our primary mission is to Share From Our Abundance With Those In Greatest Need.
We have established on-going relationships with local ministries in 4 nations — India, Haiti, Kenya, and Zambia.
Since our launch, we have continued to grow at a rapid but manageable pace. Multiple long term missionaries have been commissioned, and many orphanage facilities have been built. Our contribution base has grown from regional to national, and short term ministry opportunities have continued to multiply. Our home staff is also continuing to grow comprised of full-time faith supported workers, part time staff, and many professional volunteers.
Our approach is straightforward. We pray, we cultivate relationships, we gather funds and we send workers.
There are 3 pillars of foundational Christian living that govern the strategy of Heart of the Bride:
Caring for “the least of these.”
- Living a lifestyle that affords generous giving to those in need.
Currently we provide comprehensive care for orphans in Zambia. HOB has provided funding for the construction of homes and provides the financial support for each group home that allows the children to grow up in a safe, loving, Christ honoring environment. Our comprehensive care also provides private education support (as the only viable option) and scholarships for technical training or university studies as the kids transition into adulthood. Throughout their journey, a relationship with Christ is fostered through daily living and through biblical training.
Education and Spiritual Development
Heart of the Bride builds and supports schools for orphans and at risk children in slums and in impoverished communities. Currently we partner with Christian schools in Haiti, India, and Kenya. In each of these environments, orphans and at risk kids are living with relatives but do not have the possibility of education because of poverty. In many of these places, children begin working at early ages and secondary education is often not an option because of the costs. Our partnering schools provide academic standards, meals, caring relationships with staff, biblical training and lifestyle discipleship. Most of these children receive their most nourishing and possibly only meal of the day from our schools. This provision is nurturing, life changing and becomes the path to breaking cycles of economic and spiritual poverty.
Orphans, and children outside of family care, and those on the streets become the most susceptible to suicide, prison, prostitution, addiction, crime and death during young adulthood. This is especially true if they have no tools or support system for the transition into the adult world. We offer scholarship programs through our transition fund that provide technical training, university education, life skills, and even business or farming start up according to the ability and vision. In some cases, we have transition homes where exiting residents share part of the expenses and perform the household tasks while completing post secondary education or starting a career. Relational and spiritual support is provided during this period as well.
Foster and Adoptive Care
Heart of the Bride wants to do everything we can to support and encourage those families that pursue foster care or adoption. In light of that commitment, and in response to the strong burden and oversight commitment from one of our supporters, the HOB Board of Directors unanimously voted to expand our mission to include adoption aid by providing assistance grants to adoptive families as God provides. HOB is not an adoption agency, but we do have resources and staff members that can provide valuable help in getting families started. In keeping with our overall mission, we will be helping families who have already made sacrificial commitments: we will be sharing the burden, not taking it. Ultimately God will be the provider to those who are called to adopt. As a ministry that shares His heart for orphans, it is simply our desire and joy to be a part of that work.