How it all started.
In 1995 Rodney and Kina Dutro believed God was leading them to serve on the mission field but did not know exactly where. Over the next few years they served in several places teaching English as a second language in Hong Kong, traveling to India to document a children’s home and leading many short-term mission teams to Mexico. What they experienced during these travels transformed their lives and left them with a passion to serve God and somehow provide an answer to the cries of poverty and hopelessness they encountered.
In 2002, in obedience to God’s calling, they moved to Mexico as full-time missionaries. Living among the people in a small “pueblo” they began to learn the language and culture of rural Mexico. For years they assisted impoverished families through a Sponsor-A-Child program which allowed children living in poverty to have nourishing meals, receive an education and medical care. The program also offered emergency financial assistance to families, Bible studies, English classes and practical infant care seminars.
Over the years Rodney and Kina co-labored with many churches, ministries and missionaries both in the United States and Mexico to help meet the spiritual and physical needs of the poor and destitute. By offering outreach opportunities to groups, families and individuals, they have helped increase awareness and turn hearts toward the underprivileged. This work increased their desire to provide a more permanent, tangible response to the needs they were confronting. This matured in 2008 when, after years of hard work, a great dream was realized when Rodney and Kina, together with team of supporters, founded Hope House.
The photo above was taken during the first year Hope House opened its doors. The photo on the right is of Rodney and Kina Dutro.