The founders of Hungry Kids International, the late Bob King and his wife Betty—both ordained ministers—felt God’s call to go to Mexico and open children’s homes. Responding to this call during the mid-1980’s, they left their homes and jobs and, without any visible means of support, moved to the Mexican border believing God to supply their needs.
The Early Years
The first home for children, Casa Del Rey, was opened in 1986 in El Moral, Coahuila, Mexico as a haven for children who had been neglected or abused. Bob and Betty started by building a three-room unit on a small plot of land. In its first six months of operation, this small frame house become “home” to thirty-six children plus two house parents and a cook.
Today, in addition to a church and a school, Hungry Kids International (HKI) operates four children’s homes—three in the state of Coahuila, Mexico and one in the state of Durango. Each entity is structured specifically to meet the special needs of children through quality education and spiritual enrichment in a loving and safe environment. HKI operates primarily as a foster care ministry; therefore children are not eligible for adoption.
Since 1986, literally hundreds of children have benefited from the devoted hands of a caring, trained staff of professionals, who have provided refuge, love, hope, and healing. In fact, some of the children who have grown up in the care of the home have joined the ministry and are currently employed in staff positions. Many others have gone on to attend college, pursue productive careers, and minister to others.
Bob King, Sr. (1930 - 2007)
Bob King, "Grandpa" went home to heaven on May 27, 2007. To so many of the children, Bob King, Sr. was the only grandfather they had ever known and they loved him dearly. He was their example of a dear, Godly man who loved them when others had not. He loved the children dearly and admired the staff God has blessed us with. His legacy continues to live on through Hungry Kids International and the lives that are touched.