MEET OUR HONDURAN STAFF
We are so thankful for our dedicated staff. They all share responsibilities, but foremost in their minds is the welfare of the kids. Mutual love is shared – for each other and for Jesus who is their model in life.
ORSY & BANESA CRUZ HONDURAN DIRECTORS
ORSY AND BANESA CRUZ never expected to have a large family. Banesa always dreamed of having two children, as she came from a large family. Mr. Orsy grew up just down the road from our Greenfield Children’s Home. Twenty two people shared the 3 bedroom space. But they answered God’s call and now parent a large and growing family. One visit to our home and you will know the love “their kids” share and you will want to give it right back! These are the kids that live with Orsy and Banesa. Sharon Cruz and Orsy Jr. Cruz are their biologic children.
One day I went to a growth group where I heard singing and I asked if I could enter. The first day, which was a Friday, nothing happened. On Saturday, there was a get-away and when the pastor did an altar call, I went forward to follow the Lord. This was about 10 years ago. My life has changed a lot and I continue to follow Christ. I like working here because I like to be with the children and do things around the home. I feel very happy when we have visitors. When I am home I like to spend time with my four children, 1 daughter, and 3 sons. A dream for my life is to work hard so that my children are lacking nothing, this is my wish.
My name is Francis Carcamo, I was born in Trujillo, Colon on the mainland. I am a single mom of a child born January 2015. I moved to Roatan when I was offered this job in which I feel very happy and thankful to God to work with the children and staff of this Ministry. I am responsible for the cooking at the Children’s Home, but I also enjoy spending time with the kids. At the same time, I can share the love of Jesus with them. Since I started work here I have learned more and more about Jesus and enjoy attending church with all the kids. I have the desire to learn English and also learn how to cook better.
My name is Karen. I grew up with my aunt and cousin in Trujillo Colon on the mainland. I finished high school with a degree in computer science. I started going to church and learning of God when I was 9 years old. At the age of 16 I was baptized and began serving God. I hope to impact the children’s lives by teaching them about order and tidiness. As I help them with their homework I try to give them advice about growing up with the hope of a prosperous life. I always encourage the children to trust in God and his plans for them.
My name is Marleny Yulissa Gonzales Padilla, and I help the other staff in the home in any way I can. I grew up here on the Island of Roatan with my parents, brother and sister. I left the Juan Brooks school after the 7th grade. I recently came to this job by Pastor Lanny’s invitation. My hope is to have a good relation with the children and the other staff, and show them the hope God brings us. I have carried Jesus in my heart as long as I can remember.
TEACHER ~ PRINCIPAL
My name is Karen Sanchez, I was born in Lempira, Honduras, I am a single mother of a little girl born in 2014. My aspirations since childhood were always to be a teacher and work with children. Thanks to God my dreams were fulfilled through with the efforts of my family. Then I moved to Roatan looking for work and I am currently the principal of The Beacon School which has been one of my biggest challenges.
I am Christian and I attend in the Kadosh Church. I would also like to learn more English. My desire is to be a great mother, friend, and professor serving my students and my friends in the best way I can. I like working here at the home because of the fellowship and time with the other teachers. I also love working with the kids and am glad that they are doing well.
My name is Ingry Arita Espinoza. I am one of the Spanish language teachers here at the Beacon School. I grew up on the mainland of Honduras in Pespire Choluteca with my mother and brothers. I studied at Mixta Pedro Nufio and graduated as a primary teacher. I continued study at Universidad Pedagogica and graduated with a degree in basis education. I hope to give all the kids a promising future as I teach with dedication and patience. My mother was responsible for instructing me in the Christian faith since I was a little girl.
Hi, I am Saida Yulisa Duarte Hernandez, one of the Spanish teachers here at the Beacon School. I graduated from Escuela Espana as a primary teacher in the town of El Paraiso. My goal as a teacher is to transmit my knowledge to the children by giving my best to this career. I was instructed in Christian living by my parents since I was a little girl.
LEAD ENGLISH TEACHER
My name is Febe Raquel Rivera Alvarez, and I am the lead English teacher at the Beacon School. I am from the Island of Roatan, growing up with my parents and sisters. I am very blessed to be from a Christian home. My parents instructed us in Christian living since we were able to understand. I accept Jesus Christ as my one and only savior. I enjoy sharing with the kids and teaching them. I learn while I teach and cherish and value that a lot.
My name is Alysa, and I teach English at the Beacon School. I did all of my study at the Roatan Bilingual School. I grew up in the community of the West End here on Roatan. I was fortunate to grow up in a very kind home with both parents, my grandmother and my younger brother. My grandmother guided me to seek the lord in all since a very young age. We still attend the Church of God Universal as a family in the West End. I hope to grow as a teacher, to be able to give the children the education they deserve. I hope to also learn from the children about their unique character and sense of seeing life.