Esperanza de Ana was founded in 2006 under the name ChildReach Ministries of Peru. In 2012, committed men of faith on the board of directors began to pray and search for a stable, well-matched partner for the mission in Chilca, Peru.
In the providence of our great God, He had the perfect relationship for Esperanza de Ana in His plans. In 2013, EA began its affiliation with Christian Children's Home of Ohio (CCHO) and came under the leadership of a special man with a special heart, Kevin Hewitt.
There are many wonderful leadership qualities in Kevin. Christ is evident in his life and he walks in joy. He is contagious, not like a bad cold, but like one that you hope you get to live with for the rest of your life.
One of the ways that Kevin is most like his Father God is that he knows each child by name. He thinks about each child by name. Before tasks, he sees people. He asks how they are doing. Kevin is like the picture of our Father in Mordecai, Esther's adoptive father. Esther 2:11, shows us Mordecai's care and concern over Esther while she was sequestered in the harem of the king. It says,
And every day Mordecai walked in front of the court of the harem to learn how Esther was and what was happening to her.
Kevin brought a few folks from his church and few folks from his staff at CCHO. It was a wonderful week of worshiping and serving. He also brought his wife!
Lori Hewitt. Well, there's a story...
You never quite know what is going to happen when Lori comes to visit. You can expect that she will bring joy and creative learning experiences to the students at Esperanza School. We have learned to expect that she will touch and encourage the lives of our staff members by Christ's presence in her life.
The above photo is of her visit in 2017 when she was doing a science experiment with our 12 - 17 year olds. She noticed that the plastic bottle that was supposed to be changing in a specific way, was instead changing in an unexpected way. It was beginning to expand and expand and expand...until Lori grabbed it up and ran out of the classroom with every single student running out behind her. She got to the gravel and her experiment blew up all over her. The kids were so excited they forgot about their timidity to speak English, all of them yelled, Again! Again! Again!
Lori brought more science fun this year. Look at the wonder and discovery expressions on the children's faces in the photos below.
As W.B. Yeats is attributed with saying,
"Education Is Not the Filling of a Pail, But the Lighting of a Fire."
Thank you, Miss Lori, for being you and lighting fires here at Esperanza de Ana. Thank you for the part that you play in helping our students understand their value as human beings created in God's image. Thank you for praying with us that they will one day experience their worth in Christ.
O Father, let us be instruments used by you to help children discover their worth in Christ. Help us to encourage them in their God-given abilities and give them a a safe space to belong, to grow, to fail and to succeed. May they learn to express themselves and reflect the beauty of Your image in them. In Jesus Name.