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
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 have never met anyone who loves what they do like Wayne does. He truly has a heart for those he serves.
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!
I have been a volunteer with Voice of the Bride for 4 years. This organization has far exceeded in giving, loving, sharing hope and love. They serve many people throughout San Diego and Mexico with such dedication and hearts of compassion. The love of Christ and His love for people is eminent in their walk and ministry. Anyone that volunteers feels like they are an integral part of their mission. There are so many ways to be a part of Voice of The Bride; giving your volunteer time, partnering with donations and money as well as prayers are a valuable way that everybody can participate as a missionary. Co-laboring with hearts of compassion and integrity has helped me to grow. They are consistent in all they do even when they are tired or under the weather. Their heart of mercy is contagious!
There are few things more needed than food when you are hungry. Most of us reading these reviews are not hungry for food. We are hungry for healthy marriages, healthy relationships in community and much more. As friends with both Carol and Wayne, I called upon them if they could intercede for me when my burden felt too great. As they interceded and worshipped on my behalf, my heavy burden lifted - quickly. honestly, who are these two? So precious and loving, it is my joy to support them in reaching out and loving on others. A huge heart-felt thank you to you both!
VOB is a great non profit that is fully committed to serving the felt needs of the community around them.
The most loving non-profit I have ever encountered!
Volunteering for this ministry was a great experience! I loved being a part of what VOB does. When they told me they help the poor in Tijuana, Mexico, I was shocked. But when I realized that VOB was committed to serving people in Tijuana no matter what, I knew I had found a gem. Being a part of what VOB does has shown me so many things and helped me grow so much. I am at least a little bit more selfless and a little bit more wasteless. VOB basically takes what others don't want and turns it into gold. I'm talking about perfectly good food that would otherwise be thrown away for whatever silly reason someone came up with. It's tonto (that's spanish for silly/stupid). But seriously, we went to drug rehabs, AIDS clinics, churches, orphanages, shelter homes, and elderly homes. Everywhere we went they were so grateful for what we were doing. Many times they hugged us and thanked us. It was so heartwarming to see. My favorite part was going to the drug rehabs. I myself am a former drug addict so I really feel for these guys. My first time visiting one they showed me a locked room with a small opening in the door, almost like a cell, except larger. They told me the guys inside were detoxing and could not be let out. So I asked if I could go in and give them some pastries. They said sure. I got to sit down with these guys, eats some sweets, and share my story of how I got clean from drugs. They told me about their families and why they had decided to get clean. It was so encouraging for everyone and I'm thankful to VOB for doing this ministry full time to continue having encounters like this.
The photo is of me and a couple guys I met at a rehab center.
I've personally worked alongside these beautiful people and love their heart's for those in need. They walk in love and with integrity!
These guys are full of integrity and compassion. They are tireless, self-sacrificial and motivated by Mercy!
Consistently reaching out to those in need even when VOB were facing their own challenges. They have a strong commitment to bringing healing & freedom to those who need it most.
This organization helps so many. I have witnessed the love and compassion for many years. They know how to spread their resources to help so many in need. Grateful for all they do in San Diego and afar.