2.3 million people and at least one horse.
Posted by ronniebrockyall on April 13, 2014
The group is checked in and should be on their way home soon. Thank you for a great week.
Posted by ronniebrockyall on March 29, 2014
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Getting ready for Mark Sly and the students from The Church at Brook Hills. They will be serving on the foundation by helping us get a couple of orphan houses ready for the summer and leading activities for the orphans in the evening. Pray for them as they prepare to hit the road this Saturday!
Posted by ronniebrockyall on March 18, 2014
Finished hosting the first team of the summer. Fantastic group from North Valley. Led by Larry and Erin Bounds. Can’t say enough about how thankful we are for the work they did on the camp and the joy they brought to the kids at the foundation. Already planning next year!!
Posted by ronniebrockyall on June 8, 2013
Now that Joan and our three kids call this orphanage home it was good to pause every once and a while and remember on whose shoulders we are standing. This morning as I was praying about the opportunities and challenges in front of us I was drawn to look back over some of the history on the foundations website.
When Henry and Dorothy Davis arrived in Quito, Ecuador in 1966, with their three sons, Henry III, Edward, and Steve (ages 12, 10, and 9), they left their home intending to serve as Foursquare missionaries. Henry came to serve as overseer of the churches in the mountain region of the country, and in the first year they were blessed to see the number of the churches grow, and a small Bible institute of 12 people open in Quito.
One day, an older gentleman came to the Davis’ home looking for a mission group that would be willing to take over his ministry in the maximum security prison in Quito. So one Sunday morning, Henry and a group of people from their main Quito church (there were 5 churches in Quito at that time) went to visit the prison. As the group ministered to the inmates, Henry began looking around. He ran into the director of the prison, who normally was not there on Sunday. In the course of their conversation, the prison director said, “You evangelicals are all alike. You want to preach to us, but no one wants to help us…”
As Henry toured the prison, he was amazed to see how filthy the prison conditions were and the stench that accompanied them. While walking around, he found 54 children living in the prison with their parents. The kids were allowed to sleep on the cold concrete floors beneath their parent’s dirty 6′ x 9′ cells during the night, and in the daytime they would beg or steal food in the market places. (In Ecuador, when a man or woman is imprisoned, often the spouse will abandon the children and remarry, leaving the children with no one to care for them.)
That night, Henry preached in one of their barrio churches in Quito, and as he was leaving, he found two boys living in the crawl space underneath the foundation of the church. The boys were using newspapers for blankets and had only garbage to eat. It was as if the Lord was speaking to him and said, “You just preached a wonderful sermon on how I meet all of your needs; tell me, how do I meet the needs of these two boys?” As Henry went home that night, he prayed about what he had seen. He and his wife, Dorothy, decided they had to do something. With the Lord’s help, they felt led to start a home for these children.
The following week, they found an old, run-down shack to rent for fifteen dollars a month, and the owner agreed to split the rent in half if they would fix the place up. Cows and chickens were living in the building and the roof was in need of major repair. There was no money set aside, so Henry repaired the roof with some used tiles and made beds out of plywood. Thus began the process of taking 36 children out of the prison. The rest of the children were not legally permitted to leave. They cooked over open fires for a year, and would put the children in their beds on Saturday while they washed and mended their clothes for another week. Only one of the 36 children had shoes. It was a “low budget operation,” as Henry called it, but at least the children had hot meals and warm blankets. About the time they got the property fixed up, the owner evicted them, claiming, “The children are destroying my property.” In reality, after fixing the place up, the owner could now charge more rent for the repaired home.
In time, the president’s wife, Corina de Velasco Ibarra, became aware of the ministry and a wonderful relationship developed. The President and his wife gave Henry title deed to 50 acres of land in a beautiful valley on the outskirts of Quito to establish a place for these children to live. So began the Happiness Foundation. The President’s wife made Henry the administrator over her social work in Ecuador. Part of his responsibility was to fly on presidential commissions to different parts of the country when an emergency occurred, such as a drought or earthquake. One day she said, “Henry, you will not let us pay you, so we have decided to honor you in a way you cannot refuse.” Henry was decorated with a “Medal of Honor”. Many dignitaries, the Cardinal of the Catholic Church, the Presidential Band, and many Ministers of Government attended the ceremony.
This history is truly amazing, because it is clear beyond a shadow of a doubt that God has always provided for every need. All honor and glory be to our God and Heavenly Father, who in His love and mercy had a beautiful plan laid out for their lives.
There are so many amazing miracles that Henry, Dorothy, their children, and all who are at the orphanage have had the opportunity to experience.
Since the beginning, over 2,000 children have been raised with Christian values and educated to contribute in the work place. Presently, there are approximately 140 children living in our homes on the property. Each home has a housemother overseeing approximately 10 children. The children live on the campus until they complete their high school education. Once they graduate (if they qualify with grades and conduct), they are given the choice to continue their education at a university or trade school. Graduates consist of pastors, doctors, lawyers, school teachers, and several other professions, many of whom are continuing to serve Jesus Christ throughout Ecuador and the world. (History taken from http://www.hfecuador.com)
Posted by ronniebrockyall on May 4, 2013
Some things are cross-cultural. Like most families, you look up… and time has flown by. This year came out of the chute pretty fast and there is no indication of slowing down. As we make more friends and have more experiences we find ourselves having to be intentional about our time with each other and with the ministry at hand. Several times in that past few weeks I have dropped by the foundation just to hang out. It has provided some fun moments ranging from being a human jungle gym to changing doll diapers. I am often called upon to translate important words like “frog” and “cloud”. I am amazed with the patience and dedication the staff has with the 130 kids. I thank God for the sponsors and other donors who make it all possible.
Recently the foundation started a preschool for the little ones not old enough to attend school. They are led by Myra, a young lady who also grew up at the foundation. She graduated last year and does a fantastic job teaching the little ones. However, I would like to say that she is also a little mischievous. Last summer she helped prepare meals for many of the teams. One day as I briefly stepped into the pantry… she lock me in. I ended up having to use my cell phone to call someone to liberate me. Of course, as I emerged all of the cooks and helpers were busy, their heads down working away. No one was going to give away the villain, except the villain herself. Myra could not hide her smile. She got me and she knew it. Myra has a beautiful smile and contagious laugh. Now God is using her to love, teach and form the littlest ones among us. Last week they performed for the worship service. It was priceless. Pray for her as she works with limited recourses. No complaints from her, just service. She is a picture of what one would hope their daughter would become.
One of the privileges in being here is getting to work with teams in different capacities. This week we have a group from Crossgate Church in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Crossgate committed early to come alongside DiscipleMaking Partners and the Foundation in developing the ministry of the camp. They have had several teams visit in the last 18 months. God has used them to encourage our families and provide disciple-making opportunities in the valley. Just recently a group of four guys led by Ronnie Ritter came to work alongside some of our men and boys to create pathways.
The investment of their time and recourses could easily be in a book entitled “when helping helps”. As a partner church we know we have a body of believers lifting up our families and ministry. We appreciate and love the steps they are taking to disciple men and women in the community. I can’t say enough about their pastor, Shawn Barnard. For over 20 years I have observed and admired his consistent walk in faith.
Planning for the summer is in full swing. Wow! It is going to be busy and fun. Daily I am reminded to pray for those ‘moments’. Moments each team member will have as God uses them to serve the body and moments when God reveals to them how the experience will be used in their future to make his glory and grace known.
We appreciate all your prayers.
Posted by ronniebrockyall on March 1, 2013