|Ryan Keith - President|
Ryan is President of Forgotten Voices, which he founded in 2005 after being overwhelmed by the needs of orphaned children in Zimbabwe. Forgotten Voices is innovating orphan care through the local church in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Ryan met many local pastors who knew what to do, but their ideas were not being heard. Their stories compelled him to take action to solve this issue. Previously, Ryan led innovative, job creating economic development programs in Central Pennsylvania. Ryan is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School with a Masters in Public Policy, where he was a Pforzheimer Fellow. He holds a BA in Politics from Messiah College. Ryan and his wife, Katie, live near Harrisburg, PA with two young girls.
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Q: What is unique about the ministry of Forgotten Voices?
A: Forgotten Voices is an organization embodying our mission of equipping local churches and listening to local voices. Daily, I see our team of staff in Africa and volunteers in the USA really trying to understand where pastors in Africa are coming from and where churches in the USA find themselves. Ministry is messy, involving people that are hurting and searching for something beyond human ambition. I’m fortunate to work with a host of volunteers here in the States and around southern Africa --- each person making our little engine roar. We couldn’t reach so many kids without a host of people choosing daily to love kids they’ve never met, but loving them as if the kids were their own. I’ve never encountered a more committed body of believers, who are striving to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ through service to God and the mission of Forgotten Voices. Every day, I’m humbled by the unique passion of each person affiliated with Forgotten Voices and the dynamic that emerges when people are serving a purpose beyond what we can imagine. The passion I see in the eyes and hear in the voices of our partners, volunteers, and African staff drives me forward. It’s such an exciting movement to be part of – what a privilege.