I have personally witnessed the "who", "what" and "why" of Voice Of the Bride and this non profit is a true example of "Giving, Loving and Serving!!" The children and adults they feed, the lives they change and the love they provide has brought more years to life and life to years in the people they serve. Dedication, conviction, humility and love are but a few of the many ingredients Voice Of the Bride Ministries share with every person they touch. It has been an amazing year watching Wayne and Carol change peoples lives and help create a more healthy, sustainable world!! Thanks for leading the way for other non profits to see how its really done!! Dr. Ron Oberstein
I have known the wonderful couple who started this great non-profit since I was in college. They have hearts of gold and seek to help people in extreme poverty. I have helped in the past because I know my money goes to help the needy not pad the leaders pockets. This couple shows what loving Jesus and others is all about. Generous beyond belief...know that your money will touch lives. I have seen pictures and videos and watched the joyful faces of the needy being touched by God's love through Voice of the Bride. Voice of the Bride seeks to help people have changed lives through Jesus and do so through love and meeting needs, whether it is food, toys for needy children or helping young people get a proper education. They touch individual lives with Christ's love.
Voice of the Bride ministries is an incredible non profit that does so much to impact those in need. They are faithful to the mission of feeding the poor in Mexico as well as volunteering their time a and service to so many other great causes that bring such a positive impact to so many areas. At times this non profit is even a bridge that brings people groups together, helping to heal divides through their hearts to worship. Voice of the Bride's leaders, Carol and Wayne are people of the highest integrity and they really carry a passion for what they do and those they encounter are always changed for the better. For anyone looking for a non profit to donate or give towards, this one is a fantastic one because it will bear MUCH fruit and go such a long way. Voice of the Bride is more than a 5 star non profit!! It deserves 10 stars!!
I have previously volunteered for and, since then, continued following VOB’s ventures with the people of Tijuana as well as those of the First Nations, and I am always impressed by their commitment to their pursuit of service and worship. They are true to their cause and have been so for several years now, faithful to update their sponsors and those who are only able to contribute with prayers and an occasional lend of hand. Because of their size, nearly all of their donations go straight into the ministry, with only their living expenses being covered. What’s more, they have been able to sponsor children in Tijuana through school who would otherwise had to have dropped out due to lack of funds! This nonprofit is all heart!
Voice of the Bride goes far above the expectations of any not for profit organization that I have heard of, from the time dedicated regardless of circumstance to the genuine care and intention of the staff (however small it may be on that day!), Voice of the Bride is one of the best I have ever served!
The NFP was began by Wayne Kiger-Rice, a man invested in his ministry and solely funded by the support that he and his wife, Carol, have fundraised and have coming in from faithful donors, month after month, some giving for over a decade! Wayne has partnered with many local churches, food stores, and warehouses, all offering the extra food that would be disposed of due to the inability to send it out and brings it to those in need across the border to Tijuana. His connections have grown immensely in the past 7 years as he continued to serve diligently, rain or shine, solo or with other volunteers, all with the intent on not only feeding the hungry, but embracing the virtue of compassion. His genuine love for people has extended not only to those hungry souls, but has granted him good standing with the aduanas at the border who know him by name and face since he crosses 3 times a week! He also went so far as to connect with the locals and partner with their ministries to make a bigger impact and spread the wealth to even deeper reaches of Baja California. His partners have helped him pour into the rehab centers, orphanages, convents, and even the aqueducts where more and more homeless are finding themselves. His personal impact alone has also affected the lives of several families that he has befriended and personally makes the extra effort to support. Wayne's love for people knows no bounds.
When I was able to begin serving, it was merely by helping sort food and load his truck as it would cross the border. Later, I found myself available to go down and take part in the more intimate part of the organization and found myself enamored by the joy the locals had when we arrived. They were eager to not only help me with the off-loads and prep work, but also just as eager to invite me in, meet their families, and even share what they had with me. The love reciprocates even today as I am no longer able to volunteer since having moved out of San Diego.
Wayne has invested a great deal into the operations, resource allocation, connections, and personal attention he gives to each member of the team (volunteers in San Diego and Tijuana and sponsors from across the country) Regardless of how little money may come in, he still finds a way to make it work and puts an emphasis on reminding himself daily of why he does what he does... His heart never waivers from his passion, and his passion will always be to serve.
All in all, Voice of the Bride is, by far, one of the most intentional and loving ministries that I have had the privilege of serving alongside and, should I ever find myself back in San Diego, you can be sure that I will be back in the midst of sorting spoiled foods from good food and loading the truck that finds its way across the border each week. It is an opportunity to see the world through new eyes and the joy and heartfelt gratitude that is reciprocated when Wayne arrives is second to none. If you are looking for a NFP to sponsor, partner with or volunteer for, THIS IS IT!
- Jimmy "The Human Crane"
I am very careful about which non-profits I give to. I want almost all the money to directly help people who it can directly make their lives better. Wayne and Voice of Bride reach out to people suffering and lacking right across the border from millions who live in luxury without even seeing the lack a few miles away. Voice of the Bride not only sees it, they do something about it.
I have know Wayne for maybe 15 years or more and watched him closely at work always selfless and serving. He is a most incredible man with a genuine heart for the poor. He works very hard hours on end each week to gather food and supplies, load and unloading trucks to the brim, crossing the crowded border several times a week to reach the needy with not only an abundance of food and supplies but with an overflow of God’s love. I know for sure he and his selfless team impact many individuals and families both now and for eternity. Every dollar you invest in his ministry will be used wisely with no abuse. Mark Lyons (business owner in San Diego for over 40 years)
I am so thankful that Voice of the Bride exists. They are multi functional and inclusive. They minister to the poor in Tijuana and have developed relationship with the people who need them the most. I am happy to donate the little I can in terms of socks, shoes, hats,gloves and small gifts for Christmas. Wayne sends pictures on Facebook of the children and it makes me so happy to see them happy. It's a way for me to give to the poor in a simple way for a disabled, senior on a fixed income. other parts of the ministry that impress me are the worship trips they take to be with the Native Americans in worship. It is such an inspiring work thy do for the Kingdom of God. These people and their volunteers are inspiring and hard working for those who need them.
What an amazing charity. Always putting in extra effort to ensure those in need are cared for. I'd give 6 stars if I could.
Great people doing great things! Everyone I've met that's been involved with this group has been stellar. They have a great heart for the people. Keep it up.
I have never seen people so dedicated to using every thing they are given to pass right back to those in need. I have zero doubt in my mind that when my family invests time or money with Wayne it goes exactly where it is needed and as far as it can. I love that Wayne even has things for the youngest members of our family to help with and makes each of his helpers feel like their help no matter how small makes a difference.
I have never met anyone who loves what they do like Wayne does. He truly has a heart for those he serves.
Voice of the Bride is a beautiful expression of community love and hard work. I'm constantly amazed at how far they manage to stretch each dollar and how many people they touch-- be it by feeding families, helping community or simply being a force of goodness in an area. They truly love the poor and give to the needy.
These people are the real deal..they really care about people and I know personally are full of integrity as far as how they live their lives and how they work with people and handle money and donations. Supporting them is a joy!!
Voice of the Bride is tireless in their service to the poor. I've known Wayne and Carol Kiger-Rice for over 25 years as dear friends and partners in similar works. They carry the big picture all at the same time stopping to help individuals and families in dire need. Wayne and Carol move forward in integrity and know how to take a penny and stretch it into a dollar. Mostly through laying their lives down for the cause. I highly recommend them and their work among the poor as an organization well worth your investment!
I love this ministry because when I went with them and witnessed the many, many people that were validated as good people but were very poor and needed the love of God and to receive that love though food and fellowship and music. They (the people) have received this faithful Voice Of the Bride ministry for years and know they will continue to receive that love. Wayne and Carol love the Lord and they love TJ and all the people as well as worshipping the Lord and giving HIM all the glory!
We were blessed to be asked to partner with Voice of the Bride and Wayne some years ago. Wayne is one of those folks you meet who is exactly what he seems - what you see is what you get. And what you see is an overarching love for less fortunate people in our neighboring community of Tijuana. Every week, week after week, Wayne tirelessly transports, delivers and distributes nutrition to deserving kids, those in poor health who can't help themselves, and adults struggling with, and recovering from, addictions of the body and spirit.
Wayne is a real gift, and an inspiration to us at Hilarious Givers.
Great people!! Great mission!!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!
Wayne has the biggest kindest heart I've ever known anyone have! He gives his all in all he does however for his ministry he goes even further than beyond! He gives from his heart and expects nothing in return! He puts in a lot of day as well as night hours! When he believes in something to goes to the max to make sure everybody is taken care and has all they need! If everyone could give 1/4 of what he gives this world would be a more pleasant place to be in!
I have supported this ministry for several years now and can't speak highly enough of it. The work that they are doing in Mexico to feed the poor is amazing. And it's not just drive-by donations; they foster relationships with both the recipients of the food and with other local people helping with the handouts.
I personally helped with one of the food giveouts years ago and was shocked to see an incredibly long line of people waiting for food when they didn't know if the donation truck would get held up at the border. The kindness that the team showed the people was extremely inspiring.
I had the opportunity to volunteer with Voice of the Bride a few years ago and have supported them financially since. I love how the money I donate goes directly to feeding the poor with very little overhead. There is so much to like with Voice of the Bride and it starts with the character of the founders.
Voice Of The Bride Ministries are whole heartedly devoted to blessing the downtrodden and forgotten. So much goes into feeding and blessing the homeless and unfortunate people of San Diego and Tijuana. So many families are blessed that would never happen without Wayne and Carol's never ending work to help this tiny corner of our world be a better place. So much emphasis is on providing physical, tangible help, but spiritual help is also given freely and truly from their hearts.
I met Wayne for the first time when i attended the final Desert Stream Leadership Training held in San Juan Capistrano, CA in 2004 where he was a leader. I got to know him better when i was invited to be on the leadership team and we became close friends after that.
I was drawn to him because of his heart for the poor, the orphan, and the marginalized across the California border in Tijuana, Mexico. He was working full time in San Diego as a welfare case manager for the local government there but a few times a week was picking up food that was going to be thrown away from local stores like Starbucks and Safeway and then was delivering it at night in Tijuana.
He was sharing with me one night about how he loved the people of Mexico and wanted to turn his nocturnal activities into a full-time ministry. I was moved to give him a little donation and with that small amount of money he informed me that that was the sign he was looking for to quit his day job and start a full-time ministry to the poor. I said, "You quit your job because of me!!!????????"
But not long after that we donated one delivery truck that we had outgrown in our steel construction business and then a second one and finally a third one since his ministry had the grown to the point where they needed to pick up food in San Diego while they were delivering food across the border.
One night Wayne invited me and some friends to come down and see how Voice of the Bride operated and to join him on a cross-border run one night to feed the poor. I really like adventures but I have to admit i was a little frightened about venturing across the border into poor areas of Tijuana after dark. My fears proved unwarranted and i got to witness and serve these beautiful poor people, my brothers and sisters in Christ who know a lot about poverty and suffering.
That one visit changed my life as well as my perspective on the poor and i would not have had the opportunity had VOB not invited me to witness first hand what they do in Mexico. VOB is one of a few ministries who i regularly support financially since i have seen their operation first hand and can vouch for their thrift. I have seen the spartan way Wayne and Greg live so that bulk of our donations to VOB can make their way to help the poor, the sick, the orphan, and the aged.
Please support (and visit!) this wonderful ministry so this group of passionate men and women can fulfill our Heavenly Father's call to love our southern neighbor!
I have personally volunteered for Voice of the Bride and am so grateful they exist. I was shocked to see the remote areas they reach and the dire needs of families they meet each week. Children literally waited hours sitting on the street curbs for us to arrive at 11 pm just to receive food as this was our last stop. If you volunteer anywhere this upcoming year I hope you will partner with this organization.
I began volunteering in 9th grade for Voice of The Bride. At first it was all about doing my community service for high school credits. We would pick up food, sort it and box it for people less fortunate than ourselves. After understanding what compassion was really about and really liking what I did, I continued even after graduating. Wayne has taught me the importance of consistent dependability, teamwork, and positive attitude. Volunteering has helped me to grow a heart of compassion for others because I see how hard he works each day to selflessly serve. I have always wanted to be a missionary since I was 6 years old. By working with Voice of the Bride I am a missionary to many even though I haven't traveled anywhere yet. Volunteering has been a great training ground for me. Thank you for letting me be part of such a great mission!