Refuge Ranch is an adoptive home for abandoned children that's located in central Mexico.
The children receive a home school education and find the love, nurture,
freedom and structure necessary to become all that God wants them to be.
Scroll down this page to meet the family, the staff of Refuge Ranch, and some images of life on the ranch!
The Family of Refuge Ranch
Josiah, the oldest biological son, was born in Indiana in
April of 2001.
March of 2004, Angie
her sister Diana,
who were 9 and 10 years old,
Two weeks after Angie and Diana joined the family, the second biological son, Caleb, was born.
Caleb was two months old,
alone from her mountain village seeking treatment at an EMMC.
Ruth, the third biological child, was born in November of 2005.
of the family since her birth in August of 2006. While pregnant,
Ana’s birth mother,
July of 2007,
at age 7, joined the family after an EMMC,
When Martita was two years old her mother died during childbirth. After eleven years of abusive treatment from her
alcoholic father, stepmother, and other family members, Martita sought safety at a Christian mission. The missionaries
contacted Refuge Ranch and she was welcomed into the family in February of 2008 at age 13.
Martita married Leonel in 2016 and together they pastor a church in Guerrero.
They have a daugher, Layla, born in 2019.
In July of 2009, Daniel
the family at the age of 21 months when his birth mother
Joseline joined the family at the age of 7 in August of 2009 upon the sudden death of her single mother.
is Martita's biological sister. For almost two years after Martita
joined the family, attempts were made to also bring
In February of 2011, five siblings were added to the family – Fatima, Leo, Miguel, Carolina, and David,
who ranged in age from 10 to 2. Their mother had left them to the care of their elderly grandmother who was unable to adequately meet their needs. In 2015 Fatima went to live with her biological mother, and in 2019 Leo and Miguel chose to return to their biological mother. Carolina returned to her biological mother in 2020. David continues to live at Refuge Ranch.
joined the family in November of 2011 at the age of 11 after
having spent those first 11 years
Harumi and Crhistopher became part of the family in 2018 when their single mother decided she no longer wanted them. Although their mother had granted Julie custody, their biological grandparents were able to attain legal authority
for Harumi and Crhistopher to live with them for now.
Mauricio, age 6, and Kimberly, age 5, joined the family in January of 2020
after their mother left them with their grandmother who was unable to properly care for them.
Nicolas,age 5, Alondra, age 7, and Josť, age 12, came from a situation of extreme domestic violence
and became part of the family at Refuge Ranch in October of 2020.
The Staff of Refuge Ranch
Adrian & Vero Tovar serve at both Refuge Ranch and on the crusades. They have a son Isaac.
Cirino Cruz is a mason by trade and heads all of the building projects at the ranch.
He also takes care of the livestock and does general handyman work.
He and his wife Nancy have three children, Bernabe, Berenice, and Juan.
left her restaurant business to work full time with Fishers of Men. She serves as the cook at
Nayeli Jimenez teaches the preschool children, works with the finances, and helps out with many other tasks as needed.
She has a daughter Camila Valentina.
Life at Refuge Ranch