Darin & Rev. Tonya Kucey
Co-Founders and President
Darin and Tonya served in full time missionary service in Haiti since early 2013 overseeing various construction needs throughout the country, schools, homes, medical clinics, and churches. The Kuceys also managed a large Guest House, welcoming mission teams from several countries including the USA, Canada, and parts of the Caribbean. During their years of living in Haiti, the Kuceys increasingly noted some of the thousands of children and youth living and dying on the streets of Haiti. A growing burden developed in their hearts to see these children rescued, redeemed, restored experiencing radical transformation for themselves and their country. Thus, a vision was birthed for, “Loving the Least of These Ministries International” and in 2018 the Kuceys officially changed their focus from building buildings to building lives.
The Kuceys were soon thereafter entrusted by the Haitian government to care for 14 abandoned children ranging from 2 to 14 years of age. The House of Hope quickly became a place of refuge allowing these children to have their daily needs met in a safe family environment. Within a year, the Kuceys also started a feeding program for street boys which has since grown to include a Drop-in Centre called, “Richard’s Refuge”, where street boys can obtain nutritional meals, participate in Bible Studies as well as spiritual discipleship programs, life-skills mentoring, educational classes, job training, counselling, and family reunification support. In 2020, the Kuceys launched the SWAG School (Saved with Amazing Grace) which helps to provide these street children and youth with a Christ-centred education along with personalized academic support specific to their individual needs.
Tonya is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene serving as pastor in Nova Scotia, Canada, for 8 years. In addition to her pastoral role, she also served as the Canadian Representative on a Global Missions Board from 2007-2012. During this same time frame, she was able to act as both a Team Co-ordinator and Field Co-ordinator for short term mission trips to areas in Canada, Africa, and Southeast Asia.
Darin has been involved in the IT industry for over 25 years in various capacities including, program development, consulting, teaching, project management, hardware, and software development as well as business owner.
Please pray for the Kuceys as they commit themselves to fulfilling God’s call to help equip, educate, and empower Haitians to break the cycle of poverty and experience their full potential in Christ.
Rosita Harris, wife and mother of four, is an early childhood educator and former director of Holland College Early Learning Centre in Charlottetown, PEI. Her passion for children and prayer ministry has led to her involvement with Loving the Least of These Ministries Canada (LTLTMC). Rosita has been involved with LTLTMC from the beginning and is Vice President of the LTLTMC board of directors. She travels to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, twice a year to support Pastor Tonya and Darin Kucey, founders of LTLTMC, and provide early childhood consultation and educational training to their staff. Also, Rosita leads mission teams from Canada who are interested in doing short term mission trips with LTLTMC. It is not by her strength or might that enables her to serve God in this manner. It's is the Lord working in and through her. "The Lord turned to her/him and said 'Go with the strength you have.'" Judges 6:14.
Robert is a husband, father and grandfather with close to 39 years’ experience as a printer copier technician. Robert, along with his wife, Colleen, visited Haiti in 2016 where they saw and met Haitian children, working very closely with during their time in the country. Robert states, “Loving the Least of These Ministries Canada is by far one of the best ministries I have been involved in. I am excited to know that hundreds of children will be saved both physically and spiritually. We have been friends with Darin and Tonya for quite a few years. I can honestly say that I know their hearts and passion for missions. In particularly this orphanage now. They are perfectly suited for this. They have been through life's tough times and know hard times. I really believe that they have been handpicked by God for such a time as this.”
Jeanne Clements was born and raised on Prince Edward Island. She has been married for 13 years and is a proud mother of 3 children and 3 stepchildren. Jeanne became a Christian almost 20 years ago and has a growing passion to be serving in missions in her local community and the world at large. Jeanne has co-ordinated several global mission trips to Rwanda and had her first visit to Haiti in the Fall of 2016. She returned from this trip greatly impacted and with a huge heart for Haiti. She went back in April of 2018 and felt God’s leading to be very involved with this much needed new ministry: Loving The Least the These Ministries Canada. Jeanne shares, “God willing, I plan to be in Haiti often, loving the least of these!” She holds Isaiah 61:3 as God’s vision and calling for the children of LTLT Ministries Canada, “They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor” Isaiah 61:3
John Wood was born in England and married his wife, Kris, in 1965 and soon thereafter, emigrated to Ontario, Canada in 1967. The Woods have one daughter, 3 grandchildren, 2 great grandsons. In 1974, John felt a call to pastoral ministry and served congregations in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta. In 1998, the Wood family moved East to Nova Scotia. Rev. Wood has sensed a growing importance of Missions throughout his years of ministry and is a long term supporter of "Into All The World", and "World Missionary Assistance Plan".
Rev. Tonya Kucey’s message in 2017 to a local church in Pictou opened the eyes of the Woods to the plight of street children, orphans and other at-risk children in Haiti. Rev. Wood states, “When I learned that many were in forced child labour, slaves in fact, that clinched my decision to help. Using the gifts and experience gained over the years by serving on the board of Loving the Least of These Ministries, Canada is one way I'm putting feet to that decision.”
Robin Aikens has his Masters in Business Administration as well as a Bachelor on Science in Engineering. Robin is currently a self-employed CPA, CA and owner of Seeds of Hope Christian Bookstore located in Trenton, Nova Scotia. Prior to self-employment Robin worked for national and regional accounting firms including time as audit supervisor and computer audit specialist
Accountant for Canadian Nazarene College for eight years. He is a member of the Trenton Church of the Nazarene.
Charlene Campbell, mother and grandmother, has been involved in the health care system in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia for 27 years. She is also the Missions President of the Trenton Church of the Nazarene where she is able to be actively involved in the Great Commission, having taken many mission trips to share the love of Christ with those in other countries. Charlene. Charlene has known the Kuceys for many years and shares, “The Kuceys are amazing for how they let God work through them in caring for these children. They truly live out the Great Commission and God’s call to love their neighbors near and far. It is my honor to serve on the Board for this wonderful charity.”
Edward Kenny was born and raised in Prince Edward Island. He and his wife Corinne have been married for 22 years and have two children. Life for Edward was busy as a business owner, but he knew God had a greater purpose for his life. Accepting the invitation to serve on a mission team, Edward went on his first trip to Haiti with LTLTM in October 2018. This was a pivotal moment in his life and upon returning, he knew God was calling him to have a more active role in missions. He returned to Haiti in June 2019 and then led his own team in January 2020. “My heart was forever changed from working with LTLT Ministries. Being able to help improve and empower the underprivileged has been a life-changing experience. The streets of Port-au-Prince are very rough. Meeting the kids who live there every day inspires me to return to Haiti.”
Cory Kucey was born in Nova Scotia but has traveled internationally since he was 11 years old. When he was 15, Cory moved to the mission field to serve with his parents in both Costa Rica and Haiti, graduating from high school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He then attended Olivet Nazarene University in the USA to pursue his Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a concentration in Architectural Engineering. During his time at Olivet, Cory continued with burden for missions, leading several missions trips to Haiti for both the university as well as other ministries.
After graduation, Cory remained in the US to work for a Chicago-based engineering firm. He returned to Nova Scotia in early 2020 and then joined the LTLT board shortly thereafter.
One of Cory’s favorite verses is James 1:27, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”