My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Voice Of the Bride Ministries, San Diego, CA, USA
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!