My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Voice Of the Bride Ministries, San Diego, CA, USA
Voice of the Bride is the most selfless organization I have ever had the privilege of working with. Wayne and Carol want nothing more than to love those who they serve. They do not care about recognition or size, they only want to be a light and a support. They could live their entire lives without being celebrated for what they are doing, as long as they are seeing breakthrough and positive change in the lives of those they focus on loving. For this reason, I think that Voice of the Bride should be a celebrated non-profit.
I became a volunteer last summer. I have volunteered for many ministries around the world with similar missions of assisting the poor. However, I have never worked with a ministry that was so personal and so authentic. There was no paperwork to fill out, no orientation...we just jumped in a big truck and headed downtown to sort food and other supplies to bring down into Tijuana and distribute to those in need. Voice of the Bride has two qualifications for serving: a heart desiring to help the poor, and a good back for lifting boxes! There is always an overwhelming need that the finite supplies cannot ever completely meet, but Wayne is still generous and wise with what he has and how he distributes supplies. We cross through la aduana and immediately a familiar man recognizes the truck and asks for food. Wayne pulls over to share a bag of chips with him and wishes him a good day. When one family who usually comes to the large outreach to pick up bread for the week has a daughter who gets sick, Wayne starts to make another stop at their home in the hills. The large truck rolls up some steep, Tijuana hills to this family's home where they are blessed with even more than they would have received at the large outreach in the streets where most others meet. At the end of the night, Wayne gives good friends in Tijuana rides back to their homes and blesses them with more food and supplies for the week. Very frequently, Wayne spends all day sorting and packing food in San Diego by himself, and the rest of the day driving through Tijuana and distributing by himself. He has made nearly a dozen connections with various individuals and ministries in the city, and strives to empower them all. You never hear him complain even though the work can be difficult and the days very long. He truly is an example of someone who desires above all else to serve.
The other side of the Voice of the Bride is headed up by Wayne's wife, Carol, an excellent musician and worship leader. Carol shares Wayne's desire only to serve others and never to attract attention or recognition. When I came to a worship night that Carol was leading at, even the set up of the room gave glory to God instead of the band. While most churches or ministries have the band play on a stage up at the front, where everyone faces the band, Carol places herself on equal ground and in the middle of the room along with everyone else. The worship night was full of honor and prayer for various issues concerning people and nations in all parts of the world.
Voice of the Bride is truly an example of a great non-profit. The word non-profit hints at an organization that is motivated for other reasons than personal gain, which is exactly what Carol and Wayne exemplify. I was honored to volunteer for several months before moving out of town. I also had the joy of eating the best Tijuana street tacos to ever exist, and to meet my soon-to-be husband through this organization! Voice of the Bride really does attract excellence, and is well-deserving of honor!