Phone: (786) 845-9985

2013 – November


Thank You

Some of you can remember back when we first began in Venezuela 19 years ago.  You remember the stories of the dump, the children we searched for and rescued from deplorable conditions, the mentally and physically handicapped children that we had taken in after they were abandoned in hospitals, and the dangers we often faced…especially those last few years. Others of you were led to begin supporting this ministry when we branched into Honduras, and you can recall the experiences we shared with you from the children’s’ lives there before we reached them.  Such beautiful testimonies of how God changes lives.  And others of you joined us when we began ministering in Peru, and have since that time witnessed the way God takes our “little” and turns it into what changes the lives and futures of many children by His power.  At whatever point the Lord invited you into our journey, we are so very grateful for your participation, for your prayers and love, and for your faithfulness even during our greatest trials.  Thank you!photo 2

 Because of the extra giving some of you did this past month, we were able to not only supply the usual utilities and food, but we were also able to purchase the much-needed, larger stove for the orphanage.  The children and the staff are very grateful. Thank you, again.

 The children are doing well, but the director is currently in ill health, and for that we ask you to remember him in prayer.  We appreciate your continual prayers on behalf of everyone at Santa Maria Children’s Home. Like most people, it is probable that you greatly underestimate the power and effectiveness of your prayers, or of prayer in general. After all, what real difference is it making, you may at times wonder.  But I remind you today not to grow weary in well doing…whether in prayer or giving or standing firm on the promises of God…for in due season you SHALL reap a harvest if you do not give up!  God chooses to run His kingdom through inviting weak humans into partnership with Him and getting them to ask Him for things He has laid upon their hearts, so that He can answer them and reveal His goodness and glory.  It is simply how He has chosen to operate.  

Last month we mentioned that we would give a more full report to you this month concerning Rosa’s health.  She is doing well; thank you for your prayers.  On October 29th she will be finished with the radiation therapy. We believe for a complete healing.  She is in the low risk category, and the doctors say that things look good.  For all of this we are thankful.

 Rosa and I will return to Peru for our next mission trip on November 7-11.  We believe it will be another opportunity to love on the children and staff, and to supply whatever needs we see at the time of our travel. 

photo 1 As always, we look forward to sharing with you the ministry that takes place during our upcoming trip, as we are confident it will be a beautiful and impacting time with the children.  May you be encouraged in your faith from now until that time, confident that your prayers of agreement with God’s Word are causing changes in the earth as you partner with Him by His grace.

 With great appreciation for you,

 Tony and Rosa Rivera

Homes of Refuge International


Tony and Rosa are very faithful, reliable, honest people.  They are the hardest workers we have ever seen; their leadership qualities have encouraged many people to help others.  Whatever Tony and Rosa decide to do, they do with excellence and perseverance. They are great people and we are privileged to know them.

Ed and Mona Shirley
Mountain High Christian Center
Conifer, Co.