Greer Kendall - President and CEO of Family Legacy
A successful nonprofit executive based in Irving, Texas, Greer Kendall currently serves as the president and chief executive officer of Family Legacy Missions International. A global nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting American families with vulnerable children living in Zambia, Family Legacy has reached more than 40,000 children through its Camp LIFE program and currently cares for more than 600 children in the Father's Family program, most of whom live at the Tree of LIFE Children’s Village. As the organizational leader of Family Legacy, Greer Kendall oversees the company’s three primary ministries: Tree of Life, Father’s Heart, and Camp LIFE. Family Legacy is currently building additional classrooms for the Faith Christian Academy, which serves children in grades eight and nine.
Greer Kendall holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from Baylor University. A native of Zambia, Greer Kendall returned to his country of birth for the first time in 2000, which inspired him to address glaring social issues in the southern African nation.
Dream Camp for Tree of Life Children’s Village Residents
A philanthropist and veteran missionary, Greer Kendall serves Family Legacy Missions International, which he founded in 2000, as president and chief executive officer. Under the leadership of Greer Kendall, Family Legacy Mission International provides full-time care for more than 600 children and educates around 10,000 children at 18 private schools throughout Zambia.
As part of its mission of providing normal childhood experiences for residents of the Tree of Life Children’s Village, a community in Zambia for children who have been orphaned, Family Legacy Missions International operates a weeklong Dream Camp modeled after traditional American summer camps.
Led by American volunteer counselors, campers can explore their interests and talents in a safe, loving atmosphere. Campers have the opportunity to participate in activities such as baking, arts and crafts, and music, in addition to attending spiritual development classes. Campers also engage in academic classes such as math and science, English, and technology. Typically, campers are organized by age into classes of eight to ten students.
The Tree of Life Children’s Village - A Refuge for Zambian Orphans
Greer Kendall is the president and CEO of Family Legacy Missions International, an Irving, Texas-based charitable organization that has reached out to more than 40,000 orphaned children throughout Zambia. One of Greer Kendall’s significant accomplishments is the creation of the Tree of Life Children’s Village.
Situated in Lusaka, Zambia, the orphanage spans 140 acres and provides a place of refuge to children who are vulnerable and without means. Many of the children at the Tree of Life have experienced abuse and neglect, with some coming from households headed by children and others living with HIV.
The orphanage is operated by full-time pastors, who spread a message of faith and hope, and encompasses the Legacy Academy, which offers a leadership-focused educational curriculum. An ongoing project is the construction of Tree of Life Children’s Village Homes, which will number 50 when completed, and each house will accommodate a dozen children. In addition to bedrooms for the children, they each will have a front porch, a family room, a kitchen, and a dining room and will be managed by a pair of house moms.
Christian Community Action Summer Programs Aid Impoverished Families
Greer Kendall comes from a family of full-time missionary workers, and it is a heritage that inspires him as the CEO and president of Family Legacy Missions International in Irving, Texas. Outside his work, Greer Kendall belongs to Coppell Bible Fellowship, which supports a variety of outreach initiatives for community organizations. Those initiatives include summer lunch programs offered by Christian Community Action (CCA) in Lewisville.
CCA’s summer lunch programs offer solutions for families experiencing difficulties covering the cost of nutritional lunches, school supplies, and other child necessities during the summer months. Families receive assistance through three independently-funded programs based on their individual needs. Programs include a fund for back-to-school clothing and supplies and the Kids Summer Lunches program, which provides lunches for children who normally rely on school lunch programs for meals. In addition, the CCA helps families who need air-conditioning services by assisting with summer utility bills.
In order to successfully fund summer programs each year, the organization needs to receive financial gifts by April 30. For additional information on programs and donation details, visit the CCA summer programs webpage at ccahelps.org/summer-programs.