In 1986, Jon’s mission-mindedness took him to Kenya.
There he met his wife, Shannon, who shared the same passion
to help needy children in poverty-stricken countries. God
added vision to their passion and in 1992, the Hasletts were
led to Caracas, Venezuela, a city that wanted to deny the
existence of or ignore these “throw-away” children
who were thought of as a nuisance beyond hope, or even criminals.
There was only minimal Venezuelan support for a ministry whose
purpose was primarily viewed as taking the “trash”
away. Starting a ministry like this was not going to be easy,
but Jon and Shannon were to learn, in the words of Hudson
Taylor, "God's work done in God's way will never lack
1994, the organization Ninos de la Luz or Children of the
Light, was officially founded. The ministry quickly grew into
a collaborated effort between local and international churches.
God touched many people’s hearts to become involved
in the ministry, and slowly but surely the Venezuelan staff
was formed. Now, several years later the ministry has grown
throughout Venezuela, spread into other Latin countries and
has seen many miracles over the years. The hope we wish to
share is that God uses his ordinary, humble servants to accomplish
much when we find that passion that He’s put in our
hearts and allow Him to bring it to life.