Refuge Ranch

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.
Two years later, in June of 2003, the family answered God's call to move to Mexico.


In March of 2004, Angie and her sister Diana, who were 9 and 10 years old,
came from living in an abandoned storefront in Mexico City with their birth mother to become part of the family.
Angie currently lives in Acapulco and teaches English at a private elementary school.
Diana lives in Mexico City, works in tech support, and has a son born in 2017.

Two weeks after Angie and Diana joined the family, the second biological son, Caleb, was born.

When Caleb was two months old, Martha, age 6, walked alone from her mountain village seeking treatment at an EMMC.
She came home with the crusade team, leaving behind a life of abuse and malnutrition,
increasing the family from one to five children in a span of two months.

Ruth, the third biological child, was born in November of 2005.

Ana has been part of the family since her birth in August of 2006. While pregnant, Ana’s birth mother,
young, impoverished and struggling to raise five children, arranged to surrender Ana at birth.

In July of 2007, Fidel, at age 7, joined the family after an EMMC,
during which the crusade team learned that he had been abandoned by all of his relatives.

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.

In July of 2009, Daniel joined the family at the age of 21 months when his birth mother abandoned him.
Severe congenital heart disease required surgery at age five which led to his death on September 8, 2013.

Jocelin joined the family at the age of 7 in August of 2009 upon the sudden death of her single mother.

Lolis is Martita's biological sister. For almost two years after Martita joined the family, attempts were made to also bring
Lolis into the family. Finally, in December of 2009, at the age of 12, Lolis joined her sister at Refuge Ranch.
Lolis now lives in Toluca and has a daughter born in 2016.

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 and David continue to live at Refuge Ranch.

Alejandro joined the family in November of 2011 at the age of 11 after having spent those first 11 years
being jostled from one living situation to another, including relative's homes, shelters and even the street.
At this time Alejandro lives on his own.


Harumi and Crhistopher most recently became part of the family 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.

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.


Rosa Tovar left her restaurant business to work full time with Fishers of Men.  She serves as the cook at Refuge Ranch
and as a volunteer counselor on the Evangelistic Medical Mission Crusades.

Nayeli Jimenez works primarily with the laundry, but she helps out with many other tasks as needed.
She has a daughter Camila Valentina.

Marisol Colorado Bernal assists with cooking, cleaning, and laundry.
Her twins, Ethan and Grace, bring joy to daily life at Refuge Ranch.

Life at Refuge Ranch