When I personally began working in Honduras in 2004, it was the second poorest country in Latin America. During my first year of mission work, I discovered a destitute orphanage on the island of Roatan, Honduras, and due to the poverty level, it wasn't surprising that the local church that was operating the orphanage desperately needed a helping hand. It was quite a surprise though to find just one town over a children's home that was running in excellence with so much support that they gave supplies out of their closets to the local schools. It was through volunteering in both of these strikingly different orphanages that I discovered my life's purpose: to work on behalf of the orphan cause. For the eight years that followed, our family lived the majority of our time in Honduras and strove to walk alongside orphanages; equipping, networking, and empowering them to provide an atmosphere of excellence.
It was during these years that my husband, Jorge Garcia, and I began to assist in one of Honduras' government-run orphanages. There we witnessed unfathomable horrors, but it was our work in that public orphanage that led to a very organic foster care program. And in 2014, we awoke to a call even dearer to God's heart than serving vulnerable children in orphanages; it was to see orphans, the lonely, placed into families. Thus began one of the first formal foster care programs in Honduras. Now, partnered with other NGO's, the local church, and DINAF (Honduras' welfare system), we are determined to see the majority of Honduras' children placed into biological, foster, or adoptive families instead of into orphanages. It is a great feat, and we couldn't be more thrilled to have the privilege to be a part of such a task, fully knowing Jesus already completed the work at the cross. We are simply walking it out to fruition.