Shane Sanderson founded and directed Southside Youth Outreach in Saint Joseph, Missouri, in 1993. The ministry of SYO was to reach kids with the good news of Jesus Christ. SYO fulfilled that vision and continues on. The vision of Child Rescue continues to carry on that same heart for ministry with the additional mission of caring for the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of children in a more stable, long-term environment.
Shane grew up in Oak Grove, Missouri, where his dad served as pastor of the Oak Grove Bible Church. Shane later got involved with Kansas City Youth For Christ where he learned much of the ministry approaches that would shape his life and ministry for good. In 2010, after founding and directing Southside Youth Outreach, Shane felt the call to go to a third world country to reach kids not only with the good news of Jesus Christ but also to provide a home and refuge for the fatherless. Shane founded Child Rescue of Central America as an offshoot ministry of Midland Ministries in St. Joseph. God led him to the city of Santa Cruz del Quiché in Guatemala where he found a home that became the ministry of Casa De Mi Padre. This amazing ministry is stronger than ever and exists to reach the fatherless of Guatemala with the gospel as well as provide a place for them to live and grow full-time. Casa De Mi Padre meets the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of kids who otherwise might be living on the streets or worse. The transformation they experience through this ministry is nothing short of miraculous.
Cole and Sarah desire that one day, not only the city of Quiché, but the country of Guatemala and other nations around the world will be reached by the disciples God is raising at Casa De Mi Padre. Cole and Sarah have a deep desire to raise faithful and educated disciples of Christ.
Cole McCauley is from Saint Joseph, Missouri. Christ revealed himself to Cole while he was in college. He was saved from a life of addiction to drugs, drinking, and whatever else gave him sensations. After being born again, Cole was taught what it meant to follow Christ through Campus Crusade for Christ at Northwest Missouri State University. There, Cole came to know the truth and love of Christ personally. After time and time again striving for obedience to Gods word and seeing the promises of the Bible come true, Cole knew He was being called to proclaim this truth to ALL people. While Colle was finishing college, God grew a passion in him for evangelism and discipleship. Cole pursued Collegiate ministry for a year, then God led him in a different direction. While Cole was working with people who had disabilities, God taught him what it meant to unconditionally love and care for people who can't do so for themselves. Here, God also taught Cole how to lead a household and a team of people to care and provide for the needs of others. Cole took his first mission trip to Casa De Mi Padre in the summer of 2014. There, Cole fell in love with every aspect of the ministry. He saw opportunity for much ministry in Quiché and had experienced the beginnings of many great relationships with the kids. God had given him a clear calling, so he faithfully followed. In the spring of 2015, Cole took a 3-month discernment trip to Casa De Mi Padre where God confirmed his calling. He has been with Child Rescue for every since, and he is now the Director of Operations. His top priorities are to seek God daily, to spend time in His presence asking for wisdom and guidance for his leadership, and to pray over the children and staff of the children’s homes. Cole is responsible for making sure all staff know what is expected of them and that they are taking care of the children well. He oversees child discipline and teachings. Cole also helps with the transitional kids’ home placement and furthered education. Along with other administrative tasks, Cole provides daily childcare for the many kids at Casa, advocates for the children in custody hearings in the court system, drive kids to medical appointments and treatments in other cities, and looks for ways to share the gospel with anyone who comes across his path.
Sarah is also from St. Joseph, Missouri, and grew up less than a mile away from Cole, but they didn’t meet each other until 2017. Sarah was active First Baptist Church of Saint Joseph for several years in children’s ministry and playing the piano and violin for services. Before marrying Cole and moving to Guatemala in January of 2018, Sarah worked as a music teacher and accompanist at St. Joseph Christian School, and previously she was an orchestra director for the St. Joseph Public School District. She also taught violin and piano lessons to kids age three through high school, jobs which helped prepare her to work with a wide age range of kids. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Missouri Western State University, her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Assessment from Park University, and her Educator’s Certificate from the Association of Christian Schools International. Sarah helps to develop scripture memory programs for the younger kids at Casa de Mi Padre, and hopes to help kids praise the Lord through singing and learning to play musical instruments. She also helps Cole with the publishing monthly prayer letters and the financial aspects of the ministry.
Cole and Sarah have four children of their own, Patrick, Elizabeth, Lucy, and Chole, and also open their home to young people who age out of Casa de Mi Padre at age 18 and need a place to stay. Fermina has lived with them since July 2020, Sandra since December 2022, and Fermina’s brother David moved in in March 2023.
Cole and Sarah’s ministry account enables them to pay 6 full-time staff members, pay the rent for the orphanage, pay for the university education of 4 young people who have aged out of Casa de Mi Padre, and do many other aspects of mission work as they live and minister in Guatemala. As their responsibilities with the ministry have grown over the last few years, they have taken on more of the financial burden of the mission work in faith that God will continue to provide to carry on the work whether through one-time gifts or monthly supporters. Please join them in praying for this need.
AVERAGE MONTHLY BUDGET FOR 2023 $16,618.62
Committed monthly supporters as of Dec. 2022. $8,215.00
MONTHLY support still needed $8,403.62
We are blessed to have a team of Guatemalan workers to help us provide high quality care to every child at Casa de Mi Padre! As recommended by the Guatemalan government, we employ a full-time professional staff made up of a social worker, a psychologist, and an office manager as well as sufficient child care staff, house parents for the girls and for the boys, cooks, and in-home educators to meet the needs of all of the children living in the orphanage.
Also, as recommended by the Guatemalan government, we pay every staff member at least minimum wage, paid vacation, two bonuses each year, and health insurance.
If you would like to help us provide daily care for our children through these loving staff members, you may donate by clicking the button below and. typing STAFF PAY and the name of which staff member you would wish to designate it toward. Cole pays for about half of the staff through his ministry account; Shane pays for the rest through the general fund. You may contact Cole and Sarah with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
The average monthly pay for a single staff member is about $575.
We hope and pray that by taking good care of our staff through both spiritual mentoring and meeting their physical needs, they will stay with our ministry for many years and provide stability for our children.
House Parents for the girls
Alberto and Sebastiana are the house parents for the girls’ home of Casa de Mi Padre. They are originally from Santa Cruz del Quiché. They have two children. In 2015, they came to Christ. They worked for the children's ministry of their church for 6 years, and Alberto also worked with the youth ministry for 2 years. One day, they saw an ad on Facebook that Casa de Mi Padre was searching for house parents. It caught their attention and, being people of God, were struck by being able to work with children and young people. They have been serving God here since 2021. They are a family that loves God and children. Their greatest desire is that children can know about God and His great love and be able to know the path of salvation and achieve it and are based on the will of God and see the spiritual growth in the children. In January 2023, they began to take care of the eight girls from Casa de Mi Padre and their growth and general development. Their hope and is to continue guiding and correcting each child in the will of God in order to one day let their light shine in the world and bear witness to the greatness and love of God.
Sebastian has been working at Casa de Mi Padre since 2022, helping with child care duties. He is a good Christian, and likes to spread the word of God every time he has the opportunity. He has prior experience working with young people, and has been a Sunday school teacher for 6 years. He currently serves in his church as a deacon. As a child care worker, he explains that while your job is to take care of children, your main goal is that all children are changed and that you can help them to understand or discover their calling, and also that they understand that God has a purpose for their lives. He also strives to teach the children that nothing that happens is coincidence because God is in control of everything.
Denis has been a child care worker at Casa de Mi Padre since 2022. He helps Luis and Roxsana at night to take care of the children. He has worked in the Sunday school with the children of his church. He loves the children very much and is very patient with them. He is still young, but he is someone mature in his way of thinking and he likes to teach the word of God. He wishes he could help all the children of Casa de Mi Padre with emotional needs and affects from past trauma and neglect because many of them need it. He believes that it was no coincidence that he is there because God has a plan for everything; he hopes to continue being someone who can be used by God.
House Parents for the boys
Luis and Roxsana are house parents for the boys of Casa de Mi Padre. For 12 years, Luis worked as a pastor and missionary in the Kiche areas, working with children and youth and starting new churches. Luis and Roxsana met Shane and Cole through mission work. Roxsana has worked with children as a teacher. They have a son, and have opened their home to one of our young men who aged out of Casa de Mi Padre, Antonio. They have treated him like family, having lived together for 2 years, guiding and helping him to continue his maturity in life. After a while, they realized that God can be made known in other ways than church planting and pastoring and they wanted to serve God by working with the children. They started working at Casa de Mi Padre in January 2023. They hope to make God known to children and guide them in their growth and be illustrious young people in the future.
Jenifer is our psychologist. She was born into a Christian family and is a person who loves God. She worked in children's ministry for 5 years and was active in Christian prayer and preaching groups. She met the children at Casa de Mi Padre in 2013 while teaching our children for 7 years at the Christian school which they used to attend. Now as a team member of our professional staff, her desire is to strengthen the process of emotional, social, and spiritual restoration of each child, generating long-term changes in order to train functional and useful young people and adults in the work of God. Her main function at Casa de Mi Padre is to evaluate, diagnose, and apply a psychotherapeutic process to contribute to adequate care for our children as well as advise those in charge of caring for them and assist them in other areas.
Yahaira began working at Casa de Mi Padre in 2018, serving as child care staff for 2 years at Casa de Mi Padre before becoming our social worker. She likes children a lot. She has been a Christian for many years, has served as a Sunday school teacher, and has always liked to participate in the church. Her desire is to help with the development and well-being of the children so that their rights can be respected and that each one of the children can understand the love that we have for them and the love of God. Since childhood is such a crucial stage of life, she hopes and prays that they will be well prepared so when they leave they can follow the right path.
Assistant director of operations
Edgar is the assistant director of operations at my father's house.He worked for 6 years directing the evangelism department of his church, and has known God for more than 20 years. He started working at Casa de Mi Padre in November 2021. Before that, he worked as a human resources manager for 10 years, but he wanted to do something that would turn his life around and was more significant than just earning money for material things. That is how he contacted Casa de Mi Padre, because what he longed for was to serve the Lord. He is in charge of administrative issues of giving guidance to help the workers to do their best. His greatest desire is that he can be a useful instrument for the work of the Lord, to be able to make God's love known to all, and be a blessing to our children’s home.
Director of Education
Claudia is our director of education at Casa de Mi Padre. She is a very strong Christian who loves God. Thirty five years ago, she began working for the Lord, working with children, training pastors, and working with women. She taught our children from at the Christian school they used to attend, where she met them and always showed great love towards them. During the pandemic, the education program was changed at Casa de Mi Padre, and she started as director of education in our house and continues to show the great love that she has for God and for children. She is aware of the great responsibility she has with our children, and she always tries to teach them in the best way possible. Her greatest wish is that each child in Casa de Mi Padre would know about God's love. She gives devotionals during the week and uses a book that she gives to each child so that they can continue studying the Bible. She is like a mother to the children and is always looking for them to be better every day.
Feliza is a native of Santa Cruz del Quiche, having been born and raised here her whole life. She first came to know of the ministry of Casa De Mi Padre though her local church, La Iglesia de El Pueblo de Dios. She joined our staff in August of 2012, as our housekeeper and assistant to the cook. She is a faithful follower of Jesus Christ filled with joy, and has the most infectious smile! She says the most favorite part of her job here at Casa De Mi Padre is making sure the house is clean and germ free for the kids. She is an absolute gem to work with and our house is happy to have her as a part of our staff.
A special thank you to all of these friends of the ministry for the time they invest each month to keep us running smoothly!!!
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