Joy Filled homes

Los gozosos

because this ministry believes all the money belongs first to God we honor him with our tithe of all non- designated donations (that’s 10%given to our local church, to spread the gospel and other orphanages in guatemala


Where Special Kids

          Find  A Family

Our Goal is for each disabled child to reach his or

her full potential wrapped in the warm embrace of our caring family. 

God loves them and has a wonderful plan for their lives.  To us it means their days should be filled with hugs and kisses, fun activities and learning, caring personal attention and real advancement in life skills.  Every disabled child is a soul that must be saved. We make the Gospel message clear and teach them the Word of God as the guidebook of life, providing a clean protected environment where they can grow  healthy in every way.  We want our children to become productive adults with a strong personal relationship with Jesus Christ.


Our Home is specifically for disabled orphaned children rejected by homes for normal children AND children whose impoverished families cannot take care of them because of their special needs. Our School is for children who cannot gain access to an education in the over-crowded Guatemalan public school system due to their disabilities or the ridicule of other students.  Some of the children have severe hearing or vision deficits, microcephaly, learning disabilities, hydrocephaly, cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, attention disorders or sensory integration difficulties. The school provides kindergarten through fifth grade, with a new grade added each year.

Beginning in 2003 with one child in the home and eight students in the school, the home now has ten special needs children with many waiting to come in.  We get calls every week to receive more and we long to again be able to open our doors to new children.

Joy-Filled Homes provides a secure, loving environment with personal attention to each child’s individual needs where they learn at their own pace.  The children receive physical, speech, and occupational therapy (guided by volunteer therapists repeated by our nannies each day) and participate in Bible and English class, as well as learning the local Mayan dialect and the loveliness of the local indigenous culture.


Chimaltenango is an indigenous Mayan town of >160,000.  It is an important agricultural center located in the fertile highland plain of western Guatemala.  We started the first in 2003 and, in 2007, the second Special Ed school in the area.  Many disabled children here are rejected by their families who keep them hidden at home, often left alone tied into a bed so the mother can go out to work or even abandoned to die on the street.  Some are abandoned at a government hospital where they languish from the impersonal care.  Or lost in the chaos of the government house for disabled that exists unprotected in the center of large orphans’ village with almost 2000 tough street children.  Now even the hardened court officials cringe at sending children there.