Our Missionaries

 
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SHANNON EATON - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Shannon first came to the Kids Alive International (KAI) family in 2006 serving as a missionary nurse in Lima, Peru for the Juniper Tree Children’s Home and Manchay Oasis Care Center. She served with them until July 2011.  She still felt God’s call to full-time ministry and after receiving healing from being burned out, she served in Tegucigalpa, Honduras for three years with World Gospel Outreach.  Shannon felt God calling her to do member care full-time in May 2014.  In 2016, she returned to the KAI family to serve as the member care facilitator in the Dominican Republic to help teach, equip, and mentor the KAI missionaries and Dominican directors who serve children-at-risk for Christ.  Together they are making a difference in the lives of these children, their communities, and their nation.

Since arriving in the Dominican Republic three years ago, Shannon has on-boarded four singles, one couple and one family as new missionaries to the Dominican Republic; off-boarded four single and one family of missionaries as they returned back to the US; and facilitated women’s Bible studies and annual retreats for the missionaries, directors and missionary women. She has helped to mediate various conflicts; helped with various life and ministry transitions; and helps in managing the KAI intern program.   Many of the missionaries, eight adults presently, have previously served as interns in the DR.  Shannon has worked with about 60 missionaries since arriving in June 2016.

After much research, God led Shannon to an organization called Safe Place Ministry which does counseling for singles, married couples, families as well as pastoral care.  This organization is now partners with Kids Alive DR as their resource for any counseling and pastoral care the missionaries may need.   Safe Place Ministry has also been a great resource for Kids Alive International as a whole.  Most recently, Shannon has been trained to do crisis incident stress debrief through Safe Place Ministry.  Since April 2019, Shannon has been able to use this training with a handful of people following traumatic incidents and thus has helped them process through the trauma. 

Shannon’s favorite aspects of her ministry are mentoring some of the teenage girls and having play dates with some of the younger missionary kids.