Officially Launched in June 2008, Dare 2 Be Different International, a gospel youth based non-profit organization has been doing wonders for Jesus over it's short FOUR (4) YEARS of existence. The group currently has a Main Team of 5 people and dozens of other on-the-call assistants.
President Khrystus Wallace, Lemercius Wallace, Kerese Dias, Joy Codrington and Yvette Wallace enjoy pooling together their various talents to bring many of the ministry's visions to life.
According to President Wallace, the ministry is proud of what it has accomplished over it's four years of existence on a very small, tight budget with no major support from any organization. He said the gifts and contributions from the ordinary people who are blessed by the work they are doing keep us going.
Wallace commented, "With or without resources, we will keep on going. As children of God, the only MAIN thing we are called to do, is to GO YE INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL and make our impact. We have been doing just that with God's help over our four years of existence and we are truly grateful to God for his help."
A team member noted that Dare 2 Be Different continues to live up to it's mandate to reach the entire world, especially by using technology. The team member wasn't hesitant in stating that from reports from the ministry's website monitors, they seemed to have reached nearly every corner of the globe already through many of it's websites.
An exciting Kerese Dias stated that the ministry's online devotional written by their president, brings most of the world's visitors to the ministry's online doors. "You should see the reports of the countries that are reading daily and how they are using their blackberries and iPhones and ipads etc to access this website. From the moment they get their and are blessed, they click to check out other things our ministry is doing and some of them contact to encourage us. The contacts from around the world really, really excite us as a team."
Hopeisahead.com is translated into over fifty (50) different languages and is advertised and emailed all across the globe. Technology plays a key role in getting messages out to encourage change, empower and motivate. The ministry therefore operates through http://www.d2bdifferent.com/ , http://www.daretobedifferentkenya.com/, http://www.loveshouldlast.com/, http://www.mmskn.org/, http://www.d2bdradio.com/, http://www.theglobalspotlight.com/ and it's online magazine http://www.daringdifferently.com/
Many of the ministry's videos and clips from The President's sermons can be accessed online.
Since the ministry's existence, it has also lived up to its ON-THE-GROUND mandate to keep positive youth activities all year round and appreciate those making an impact in the community. Over it's 4 years, the ministry has hosted Dare 2 Be Different back to school rallies, Gospel Youth Weekly Fun Events, Public Service Appreciations, Easter, Summer and Christmas camps locally and abroad, Hospital ministry, Hope Empowerment Counselling Sessions to name a few.
Dare 2 Be Different officially opened a branch in Kenya in January 2012 and adopted a school and orphanage there. The ministry hopes to officially establish Dare 2 Be Different International USA during it's 4th Anniversary month as a means of saying thanks to it's USA patrons who fall at the TOP of the list as supporters and website visitors.
Dare 2 Be Different International has high hopes of seeing it's biggest vision come to pass - The Construction of The Dare 2 Be Different Mission Centre. ((Read about this idea at: http://hopeisahead.blogspot.com/2012/05/st-kitts-nevis-may-probably-be-home-to.html)
In closing, Wallace looked up to the sky as if he were saying thanks to God and said. "You know, when we decided to go public with our first Tent Crusade from August 4th - 8th 2008, we were ridiculed by religious leaders, just like Jesus, who called around and encouraged different churches not to support the God-Given vision of a 22 year old preacher. It seemed they thought I was too young to be used of God."
Wallace continued, "The crusade went well! (See each night at: http://www.d2bdifferent.com/FreedomFest2008.htm ). We used innovation and set the trend in St. Kitts-Nevis. We carried the week long services live via Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN's Radio Paradise in Nevis, West Indies) and streamed it live on our website.
We installed a prayer line underneath the tent and received calls from listeners and viewers all across the world. It was our first event and it went great despite the HARSH WORDS and BAD WISHES spread by other ministers of the gospel that should have really come together to support us, a young team with a Fresh Vision for the youth, a Fresh Vision From God."
"We did rise above the enemy's attack through CHURCH PEOPLE and CHURCH MINISTERS and I can proudly say that what we have accomplished in 4 years, with regards to making an impact and spreading the message of salvation across the globe, churches 5 years, 10 years 20 years and 50 years in St. Kitts - Nevis haven't done that."
Wallace left a powerful final comment. He says this is one of his favourites. "The key to success is to never give up. Even when the rope you're holding on to seems to be bursting and you're losing grip, hold on still. Even when you are knocked down and bleeding, refuse to stop breathing. It's that type of attitude will get you to accomplish your goals."
Global supporters interested in partnering to keep this great ministry going can send Dare 2 Be Different 4th Anniversary gifts of food, toys, youth materials etc to