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Town of Banos

View of the town of Banos, Ecuador where I do missionary work

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These People live in the Mountains of Ecuador

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Town of Banos | The Boys | Pray For Us | Testimonies | Brenda | Donna

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November10, 1940 – April 5, 2004

Brenda was born in Pasadena, California, and grew up in Hawthorne, Nevada, and Oroville, California.  She attended Pasadena College in Pasadena, California, graduating with a B.A. degree in elementary education.   During her last few months there she met Wesley King from Colorado and they were married August 16, 1963.

She gave birth to four children:  Amy Ruth, Todd Steven, Dale Wesley and Lindy Lee.

She moved frequently accompanying her gypsy physician husband to many different locations including:   Okinawa, Japan;  Swaziland, Africa;  Kwajalein, Marshall Islands; Florence, Oregon; San Angelo, Texas; and then to Baños, Ecuador.   She and Wesley shared the vision of having a ministry to children in need—of having a “home” for orphans and street kids.   That ministry started in April, 2000 when “Adolfo” came to live with them while they were still in their temporary home in “Shell”.  To Adolfo and the other kids she was “Abuelita”  (“Grandma”)  and she filled the role to the fullest.  There was no running out of the love she had to give.  In April of 2004 while on a trip to the USA to visit family, she developed a blood-stream infection (“meningococcemia”) and went to be with the Lord after an illness of less than a day.  Her legacy of love lives on in the lives of the boys and their home that she helped create, El Dulce Refugio. 

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Mel Rivera has a profound passion for the mission field. In the year 2004 he got on a plane from Bradley International Airport and landed in Quito, Ecuador. After spending […]

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