Helping the Children
Kids Alive provides care to as many as 150 children in Lebanon every year in its two Children’s Homes, School, and Care Center programs. As well as Lebanese orphans, we provide critical support to children from many other nationalities, including Syrians and Sudanese. One of our goals is to develop our work with refugees and other vulnerable children over the coming year.
Support Brent Hamoud
The Hamouds have a history with Kids Alive that goes back many decades. Brent’s maternal grandparents, Leonard and Lois Swenson, served with Kids Alive in Lebanon for 35 years and his father, Jed, spent 13 years as a boy at Dar El Awlad. In 2007, Brent, originally from Minneapolis Minnesota, began serving with Kids Alive in Lebanon. Ruth was born into the Dar El Awlad family as well. Her parents, Simon and Nabila Salibi, were longtime Kids Alive staff members and Ruth spent her first 12 years growing up at the ministry site. In 2012 she returned to Dar El Awlad after marrying Brent!
Brent is the Older Boys' Supervisor for the residential teenagers in addition to serving on the Leadership Committee, supporting the New Horizons Center, and trying to be as useful to the ministry as possible. Ruth is a full-time Special Education teacher at the Beirut Baptist School and contributes to many aspects of Dar El Awlad when she's not in the classroom.
The Hamouds have a passion for serving children in Lebanon and are proud to be products of the powerful, life-transforming ministry of Kids Alive Lebanon. They hope to see many lives blessed by this special community. In their free time, Ruth and Brent enjoy spending time with family and friends, working on house projects, and discovering the wonderful sites of Beirut.
Support Kahlil and Maria Pfaff
Kahlil and Maria Pfaff
Kahlil and Maria Pfaff managed to conquer distance, language, and culture to begin their service together at Dar el Awlad during the Spring of 2012. Prior to getting married, Maria was a school teacher in Magdel Aanjar (near the Lebanese-Syrian border) and Kahlil was serving with Kids Alive as a social worker at Dar el Awlad (since April 2009). Kahlil remains active in his role as a social worker and resident Apple geek while Maria will volunteer part time to assist the residential program at Dar el Awlad.
Kahlil spent nearly 10 years working with at-risk children and families in Lynchburg, VA as he prepared to make the move to Lebanon. In his free time he enjoys traveling, rock climbing, photography, cooking, and graphic design…and sharing his interests with the children as opportunities arise. Maria has travelled throughout the Middle East, working and volunteering with local Christian ministries, conducting camps, teaching, and equipping children to be leaders, the "salt and light" of their communities . She enjoys playing the piano, drama, drawing, and making short movies on the computer. Kahlil and Maria were married April 2012.
"My first visit to Lebanon was a short-term mission trip that lasted two weeks during the summer of 2004, now 8 years later I am married to a wonderful woman and have been involved in ministry that truly changes lives and impacts families.” -- Kahlil Pfaff
"I trusted God with every step I made in my life and I surrendered to Him the good and bad events that happened to me and He was very generous in his blessings throughout the years. My hope is to live a modest life with my husband, and together be a light for those around us. My main goal is to teach the the children God’s miraculous word that can change their lives forever." -- Maria Pfaff
Support Jeremy and Sara Boucher
Jeremy and Sara Boucher
Jeremy and Sara come from Texas and will be serving in Lebanon for 3 years as a Teacher and Sponsorship Coordinator. They hope to see justice for the boys at Dar El Awlad through education and the love of Christ, and pray He would do "immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us" [Eph. 3:20].
They love Dr. Pepper, ginger-spiced desserts, and playing outside! Their son, Thaddaeus, will turn 2 in October 2012.
Support Rachel Fuller
I was born and raised in the small community of Emmett, TX. I have always had a desire to serve the Lord in any capacity and am thrilled with the opportunity to work with Kids Alive. I have studied education and child development for many years and know that God has prepared my way to Lebanon. With much prayer and support I am ready for my journey and look forward to seeing all that God has in store for me and the children I will be working with.
I am an avid Texas Rangers baseball fan and when they aren’t playing I love to listen to music and try out new recipes in the kitchen!