Eben-Ezer will be a safe place where children and young people can come as they are and experience healing in Christ.
Eben-Ezer means “hitherto hath the Lord helped us” (1 Samuel 7:12)
Welcome, my name is Miguel Tello and I am a missionary and serve as director for this soon-to-be, new orphanage and boarding school located in the Bolivian jungle. This website was created as a way to find new donors and show the world and our donors what is happening at Eben-Ezer as we progress from our first ground-breaking, our newly-constructed buildings, donor needs, and all other aspects as they are developed, grow and change.Read More about why start another boarding school & children's home in Bolivia
Though two other mission schools exist – one in Guayaramerín and the other in Rurrenabaque, Bolivia – insufficient space and a lack of personnel limits the number of students we can help. The heart-breaking dilemma of turning desperate students away has led us to seek a sustainable solution to this overwhelming problem. As such, we are in the process of opening this new orphanage and boarding school to provide for the growing need.
Eben-Ezer, set to open in February 2019, will be a place where children and young people can come as they are and experience the healing of Christ’s love. The grounds will include a church and dining hall in addition to primary/secondary schools, dorms, staff housing and family units. Due to the temperamental jungle environment (not to mention jungle critters!), we must have the buildings completed before the year’s end in order to meet our goal of opening by February of 2019. In addition to construction costs, we will need funding for transportation, appliances, furnishing, wells, and a solar power system to enable self-sustainability. Though the list is lengthy, we know that we serve a God who promises to “supply all [our] need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus...” (Philippians 4:19).
At Eben-Ezer, we will strive to provide a safe home and learning environment for those escaping situations of abuse and domestic violence. With nearly 80% of Bolivian children facing physical, psychological, and/or sexual abuse in their homes, the need for such safe havens is paramount.
This is a safe place where children can come as they are and experience healing in Christ.
Bolivia has a high rate of abuse and domestic violence. Nearly 80% of children have suffered physical, psychological and/or sexual abuse in their homes. Staff will understand and be committed to the healing process.
We have already obtained the property. The facility will be built on approximately 95 hectares (209 acres) near the small jungle town of Ixiamas in the La Paz department of Bolivia. Ixiamas has a population of approximately 5000 people. Though Ixiamas is only about 70 miles from Rurrenabaque (closest ATM, better hospital), the trip takes nearly three hours by car, and you must cross (i.e. drive through) around 12 - 13 rivers to travel between the two small towns. While this is pretty doable during dry season, the trip becomes difficult or even impossible at times during rainy season.
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