After a successful 28 year masonry career in Canada, my family and I followed our heart's desires to serve the less fortunate children here in the southern amazon jungle of Peru. Scott and Tracy live here in Puerto Maldonado with our boys Caleb 17, Jaxon 11.
Since arriving in Peru in 2014, the Lord has entrusted over 35 children to our care. These children have come from varying backgrounds including sexual abuse, violent abuse, abandonment, and orphans. Currently we care for 9 children on a full time basis. We are dedicated to serving these children who have experienced so much pain from their past. Working closely with the local child protection office, our home provides transitional and permanent care for children placed into the system, these children have varying emotional and developmental challenges. While in our care full time, the children are protected, as well as being provided with an education, spiritual guidance, health care and counseling. We provide a family style home where the children are loved and cared for allowing them to heal from their past so they can interact and maintain a close relationship with their new foster family. We find this family based model gives the children a smooth transition into society or when returning to their families.
Alegre Sonido de Dios (Joyful sound of God), Tat's Place is our new home, it is located just outside of Puerto Maldonado. Our first project here was to re-establish another children's home. In 2018 that work was passed to Peruvian directorship and is still in operation. We have transitioned from that work and opened this new home. We are blessed to see the children become confident young adults as they feel safe and loved in our home. We are a family who sincerely love the Lord and we want to extend that love to all people for whom Jesus sacrificed Himself on the Cross.
Tat's Kids and Tat's Place
In 2019 we purchased a 12.5 acre property outside of the city where we built a brand new home called Tat's Place in our daughters memory. From a very young age, our daughter Tatiana, had a passion for serving children. Having served at Christian children's camps each summer, serving with her Dad in Cuba over many years, and after a trip to serve at an orphanage in Haiti in 2014, she was ready to go all in, and serve the less fortunate children of the world. Tatiana was the driving force behind our family moving to Peru to serve these children.
Tatiana returned to Canada, from Peru in 2016, to complete her BA in theology at Heritage College and Seminary and working towards her masters in Biblical Counseling. Her plan was to return to Peru with her husband Matthew, as the Children's Director at our home. During the summer of 2018, while on vacation with her love Matthew, and just 8 days after they were engaged, Tat was killed in a car accident in Madison Wisconsin. Matthew survived and returned to Peru with us for several months. To honor and continue her memory we have created a fund for Tat's Kids Peru and Tat's Place. This fund is designated to the support of the children in our home and the building of the new home. We will use these funds to further the cause she so deeply believed in. Tat's Place is the new permanent location of Alegre Sonido de Dios and Tat's Kids Peru!
The home is a 6800 sq ft facility with a capacity of 30 children and staff. The home is 100% off the grid and we have a large solar system to provide power and our water is pumped up from our river.
We are missionary representatives of Missionary Ventures Canada, sent by our home church Emmanuel in Barrie, Ontario, Canada and further supported by Vista Community Church in Temple Texas. We always welcome new supporters, volunteer teams, donations and new partner churches, we look forward to new relationships as we partner to serve the children here in Peru.