“It’s nothing short of a divine miracle when, over time, a child from a tough place can learn to trust, and reciprocate a smile without fear. God is truly changing lives before us.” -Phil and Patti Monk
We met at church, fell in love, and were soon married in May of 2000 at Patti’s parents house under an big white outdoor tent surrounded by friends and family. Early on in our relationship we talked about our desires to adopt and to serve overseas as missionaries. It was always a need we recognized and a longing we hoped to fulfill.
The Lord blessed us with our honeymoon baby, Caleb, and life took on a busy turn. Soon the responsibilities of a new family held a majority of our time and concern. We had two other children, Caden and Jameson, yet throughout all this time we felt a longing to adopt. After spending a week at Hope of Life International in Guatemala in 2013 on a short-term mission trip, and seeing the great need for children to have families, we knew God was calling us to something near to his heart: to provide needy children with a safe, loving family environment. We flew back to the USA, sold our belongings, and moved to Guatemala to serve as volunteer missionaries parenting orphaned children. The dream for Safe Haven Village was born.
For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. 2nd Chronicles 16.9
Since moving to Guatemala, the Lord has blessed us with 8 precious Guatemalan children to care for as our own: Maria, Brigido, Margaro, Blanca, Julio, Irma, Rosa and Andy. In total we are now a family of 13.
Our work here in Guatemala includes all you would expect from a big family: Many meals, chores, tutoring, bible studies, medical appointments, house maintenance and family time. Between those daily responsibilities are plenty of learning opportunities, life lessons, band-aids, hugs and bedtime stories.
It has been miraculous to see healing taking place in the hearts of so many boys and girls. Among the families here in Safe Haven Village there are currently 42 children. It is an honor to serve here.