The original mission of the Hacienda of Hope was to provide a home for the abandoned children of Ecuador. Having opened in 2003, forty children are currently being served by the orphanage. We envision serving hundreds of children who would have otherwise lived in the streets and to witness them being transformed by God’s love, then seeing them experience the sense of worth that comes from a good education. God’s call to serve the children of the region led us to the establishment of the School of Hope. This bilingual school quickly developed a reputation in the region for excellence.
Amazing progress has been made since the arrival of Jerry and Pat Snyder. Jerry served as the director through the building phase. His vision and skills transformed a mostly barren piece of property into a welcoming home. He oversaw the construction of the home and school. The vision of all those who share a passion for the Hacienda of Hope is not only for the children already there, but for those to be served decades and even centuries to come. Plans were approved to build homes designed for family living that would be around 100 years later.
It wasn’t long before facilities for the school became the most urgent concern. God’s providence was clearly leading us to serve a broader audience of children. The first students met in a converted dairy barn. They have since expanded to accommodate easily the nearly 250 students it now serves. During 2013, we experienced the transition of HoH leadership. Justin and Juana Reeger currently direct the overall HoH mission with Marco Cordova and his wife, Julie, leading the school.
The Hacienda of Hope is adjacent to Camp Bellevue, an outreach to children sponsored by the Bellevue Church of Christ in Bellevue, Washington. We anticipate greater synergies in the years to come as all these projects come together to serve children in the name of Jesus Christ.
To God be the glory!