The vision for a Rancho Ebenezer type of model to care for and develop children who had been abandoned was born out of the personal experience of our founders, Allen and Dona Danforth. The Danforths proved the validity of this vision with their own three Honduran children (Josh, Elizabeth and Sarah) which they adopted out of an orphanage setting into their own family. Now you can see the impact Allen and Dona had on their lives in their own stories that follow:
Josh, pictured at right, has been a Financial Advisor with a major investment firm since 2004. Prior to that, he served 6 years of active duty as a pilot in the US
Air Force. He received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the US Air Force Academy in 1999, and completed an MBA degree with the University of Phoenix in 2006. He currently resides in Little Rock, AR.
Elisabeth, pictured at left with her family, graduated from Wheaton College in 1997 with a degree in
Business/Economics and returned to Honduras. She then was married to Cesar Ortega and worked as a manager with Continental Airlines. In 2001 she worked with the U. S. Embassy in Honduras as a Commercial Specialist in the Department of Commerce. In 2003, they left everything behind and moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, where Cesar is now on staff with Mosaic Church. Besides being actively involved in the church, Elisabeth takes care of their three beautiful children: Rebecah, David Allen, and Jonathan Ellis. In addition, she is an entrepreneur and plans to pursue her MBA.
Sarah, pictured at right with her husband, Robert
Goings, a pilot with Northwest Airlines. She obtained her associate degree from Bermont University and is now a full-time mother for their daughter, Sofia. They live in Minnesota.
This is the vision being pursued and accomplished at Rancho Ebenezer and the Bridge
House. The lives of these three Honduran children, now adults, were impacted in a real and tangible way. Similarly, the lives of the children being cared for under this program are being impacted every day and for every generation that follows. They are being filled with hope they never dreamed of or imagined before. This is the vision inspired by the Danforths.