RUN Intl

Neal & Danette Childs have been serving in Niger Republic since 1998. Neal grew up as a missionary kid in Nigeria where he saw mass evangelism and mighty miracles on a regular basis.  It was there, as a young boy, that his heart was stirred to go where the Gospel had not yet been preached…to Reach the Unreached.

They founded Reaching Unreached Nations International (RUN) in 2013.


Ron & Jerry Childs with their children Julie, Neal & Sarah and some of the church members in Emu, Nigeria. This is the village Neal lived in when he first moved to Nigeria as an 11 year old boy in 1977.


Danette was born and raised in Minnesota and the seed of missions was planted in her life as a child as well.

Neal and Danette met at Oral Roberts University where Neal graduated with a degree in Management Information Systems and Danette graduated with a Social Work degree.  They were married in 1989 and began working in their respective fields while at the same time were youth pastors in their church in Michigan.  While in Michigan, they had 2 children – Trae  (1991) and Tanika (1992).

In 1994 they moved to Arkansas to attend Agape School of World Evangelism.  From 1994 – 1998 they were part of Agape Church — Pastor Happy Caldwell,  and continued to work while attending Bible School.

After graduating in 1997, they were appointed as missionaries and immediately went on a 3 week scouting trip to Niger where Neal’s parents had moved from Nigeria to Niger to  start the ministry of Vie Abondante (Abundant Life).  The trip confirmed in their hearts that this was the field they were to serve in and after raising support they moved their family to Niger in July 1998.  Tobi joined the family in March, 2000.


Neal’s parents, Ron & Jerry Childs; Founders of Vie Abondante


The Childs Family June 2011


Neal & Danette’s son Trae graduated from Oral Roberts University in 20011 with a degree in International Community Development.  He married Christi Dunagan on June 16th, 2012.  Christi is from a missions minded family and her parents are founders of Harvest Ministry.

Trae & Christi live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where Trae is a mission’s pastor at Bethany Church and Christi is an entrepreneur with a photography and real estate business.  They have 2 children – Judah & Charlie.

Tanika graduated from Oral Roberts University with a degree in Elementary and Special Education and is a 2nd grade teacher at Victory Christian School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Tobi, 17, is a junior in high school, and is a missionary in Niger with his parents.

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