of the boys had been living in extremely dysfunctional or
unhealthy situations even before they ended up on the streets.
A large percentage are children of prostitutes or homeless
people. They have never been in a healthy family environment.
Rather than explain to the boys about a good family, it is
our hope that they will learn first hand by the role model
of their house parents in an intimate family setting. The
initial contrast of their surroundings upon arrival to the
ranch is extreme, but most adjust rather quickly and come
to see their “brothers” and “parents”
as the family that they never had. In this family they see
how a healthy married couple interacts with one another and
with them. They learn family values through their experiences
in the home, through the guidance of their parents and most
importantly through the unconditional love that they receive.
the strong Christian community at the ranch, the boys are
discipled by not only their “parents”, but also
by their “Aunts” and “Uncles”, by
our special grandparent couple, and by the older boys who
have now grown into mature young adults. With so much support,
the boys’ growth and change is evident almost immediately.
Our sole desire is for each of the boys not only to have their
physical needs met in our homes, but to come to know Jesus
as their savior, friend and father. It is this relationship
that will change them, carry them and guide them for the rest
of their lives. And it will be this light that shines through
them as a beacon of hope for their own family, friends, and
community for years to come.
is evident as soon as you step onto the Lighthouse Ranch that
each home truly is a “light”, a light that floods
into the heart and soul of each child with the love of God.
The time, love and dedication invested into each one of the
boys are evident as we see them growing into young men of
God: strong in character, strong in their values and strong
in their identity in Christ. We are thankful for the opportunity
and privilege of being a part of their lives.
The three homes on the ranch; "La Esperanza"
(The Hope), "Manantial" (The Spring) and
"El Camino" (The Way)