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An Idea Is Born... and Fulfilled Fifty Years Later

Tom Stanton and Bev Ecker, who live in Beaverton, Oregon, were married on March 11, 2017. They were neighbors for 30 years, and both of their previous spouses had passed away two years before. Together, they are very passionate about serving God and the orphaned children in Jinja.

When Bev was nine years old, a woman came to her church and invited those who felt called to serve as missionaries to come forward. Bev strongly felt God's call to start an orphanage, and now, 50 years later, God is fulfilling the vision that she embraced as a child. Tom has been involved with Church Mission trips for years and generously offered his support to the building of the Ray of Hope Family Home!

Our First Five Orphaned Children...

In 2015, a "Jajja," or African grandmother, brought five orphaned children to the home of George and Phionah. Their Christian parents had been murdered by their Muslim relatives. Bukenya and George were partners in the Ray of Hope Children's Ministries program, and they prayerfully decided to trust God to provide for the needs of these kids. Soon many more orphaned and needy children came to join this "family", and they were no longer orphans, they were all part of a loving Christian family! Currently, there are now over 50 children to be supported, with 26 living on site.

When Bev and Tom came for the second summer, in 2017, to help with the Ray of Hope Ministry, their hearts were touched and they committed to building the "Ray of Hope Family Home" that opened June 3, 2018. Miraculously, by God's grace and with the help of the Ray of Hope Board, this dream has become a reality! Now Bev and Tom are returning for their Fifth visit to Uganda in January, 2020.