Cortez, Ismael & Amy

Ismael and Amy Cortez.jpgSince 2008, we have been working to pair young people in Ecuador who have the dream of pursuing a higher education with sponsors who have the kindness and generosity to send them to college.

The students we work with are all so different. Some will become dentists, nurses, accountants, computer programmers, pastors, and kindergarten teachers. Some will make careers in marketing, tourism, business, education, and government. But one thing we've learned is that though all their dreams are different, they all--we all--have the same desires: to be loved and valued, to find acceptance, and to have a place to belong.

College years can be especially tough. And we don't want our students to go even one day without knowing how much they are loved and valued. We want to help them reach their potential to be world-changers by empowering and encouraging them. We want our home to be a safe place where our students can come and find peace, friendship, love, and maybe a home-cooked meal or just rest and refuge during a hard day of classes.

Our aim is to open our home to these students and be the church for them during their college years. We want to show them who Jesus is by loving them the best we can and teaching them what we know about how to love others.