El Dulce Refugio began as a vision from the Lord placed in the hearts of Wesley and Brenda King more than 15 years ago. In accordance with the call to come to Ecuador and minister to children and the people of Ecuador, land was purchased in August, 1999. Construction of the children’s home and outreach center began in September, 2000, and the facility was first occupied in March, 2004. During the construction phase, the ministry was started in a rented house near the facility. We received into our “family” our first orphan, Adolfo Ayuy, in April, 2000, even before we were able to begin construction.
El Dulce Refugio is an interdenominational independent ministry. The Baptist Church of Baños provides our local “covering” and the minister of that church, Pastor Raúl Campos, is president of our governing board. In addition, we have the covering of Faith Fellowship Church in Florence, Oregon, USA, and Victory Christian Fellowship in San Angelo, Texas, USA. Financially, the ministry is supported by retirement income of Wesley L. King, M.D., director of El Dulce Refugio, regular contributions from a solid base of supporters, and from two churches who regularly support the ministry here.
Goals of El Dulce Refugio are:
1) Providing a permanent “home” for children of Ecuador who have no home of their own and giving them a “family” that will last for Eternity with the firm conviction that the children sent to this home by God have a special calling on their lives—introducing them to our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, and prayerfully helping establish them as disciples of Him—providing the necessary education and training to equip them for the task God has called them to.
2) Be “fishers of men” in Baños and Ecuador through personal evangelism, in home evangelistic outreaches, and in cooperation with all the evangelical churches of Baños as we have opportunity and resources
3) Attend needy patients in the medical clinics in the jungle free of charge and help in the teaching of the basic health providers