IMG_3616“J” is an 18-year-old girl who has been rejected by her parents because of her psychological problems. She was abandoned on the street where no one would care for her. Just when she thought no one wanted her, she was welcomed into Montañita Verde (Little Green Mountain), a small children’s home/orphanage on the outskirts of a town on the coast of Ecuador. Though she is past the age limit, Montañita Verde welcomed her with open arms.

There are many children like J who have been orphaned, abandoned, or removed from their homes for various reasons near the town of Manta, Ecuador. For these children, Montañita Verde provides a place where they can be loved, cared for, and taught of God’s love until they are adopted or can return to their families. The main goal at the orphanage is to help the children advance in their education and grow spiritually. Many of the children arrive at the home far behind in their studies. The children are encouraged to exceed expectations and get up to grade level.

The administrators of this home are Will and Amanda Eason, who decided to accept the call to serve in Manta after seeing one of Rich and Elisa Brown’s Facebook posts detailing the need for a couple to work at the orphanage. According to Will, God showed them that He was in control and was truly calling them to Manta when he provided all of their support for the first year and their training within just two months.

IMG_0688Though God quickly confirmed his calling, the devil was quick to act as well. Besides the overwhelming financial need, Will and Amanda faced many problems when they arrived at the orphanage. What’s more, some kind of supernatural force took hold of a couple of the kids staying there, including J. Unfortunately, J had to be taken to a mental hospital in the capital city. However, it is only a temporary stop. She will need to be relocated later in the year.

Will and Amanda have been greatly challenged over the past year, but Rich and Elisa Brown say that they have been a huge blessing to Inca Link even through all of the challenges. They currently need prayer for the children they are taking care of at Montañita Verde, that God will provide the funds they need to cover the costs and receive even more children, and that they will finally be able to rest. Please use these links if you would like to donate or learn more about Montañita Verde.

– Olivia Brown, Intern 2014