Daily Point of Light # 2534 Oct 22, 2003

In accordance with the words of biblical text, which state: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these,” Greg Dabel founded Kids for Kingdom – a Christian humanitarian organization serving children in poverty worldwide. Dabel’s mission is to transform the physical and spiritual lives of children so they can eventually transform their nation out of poverty and despair.

Dabel currently travels the world as a correspondent for WORLD Magazine; however, he has served in leadership positions for nonprofit and ministry organizations for the past 25 years. He is always been responsive to the needs of children, so he sought a way to combine the delivery of services for imminent physical needs with the delivery of the Biblical message of hope. He especially works with children in third world and war-torn countries, and these youth need food, clothing, medicine and other practical services.

Many relief agencies are recognized for their superior ability to deliver emergency food, build orphanages, render medical care and deliver vital services to the chronically needy and to disaster sites. There are also many organizations that effectively bring the Christian message to the furthest reaches of the world. Dabel sought a methodology to combine the delivery of practical aid with imperative spiritual teachings. In doing so, he hopes to be able to rescue children, disciple them in the Christian faith, equip them with job-training and life-skills and raise them up to become leaders in their own community. Kids for the Kingdom has become that delivery vehicle in 12 countries.

The author of ‘Saving Money In Nonprofit Organizations,’ Dabel also crusades for charities. He sees them as efficient stewards of financial resources and makes sure Kids for the Kingdom consistently maintains an overhead at 1% to 2% emphasizing the delivery of services directly to needy children. Dabel takes no salary; all of his time is volunteer. Dabel has an uncommon approach to raising money. Rather than conducting fundraising activities the organization simply relies on word of mouth and the good will of donors who collectively contribute $400,000 to $500,000 annually.

Dabel and his wife Karen live in the farming community of Sebastpool, California with their four sons on the family chestnut ranch. During his world travels as a news correspondent, Dabel continues to develop and support children’s projects in Nicaragua, Kenya, India, Cambodia, Guatemala, Russia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Philippines. He has brought together the resources of many charities, non-government organizations, nationals, missionaries and volunteer teams. As a result, the lives of more than 20,000 children were impacted last year with provisions for food, blankets, shelter, medicine, school tuition, job training, wheelchairs and love.