Picture1Clark Vaughn, co-founder of For His Children and its Ecuadorian partner ministry Hogar Para Sus Niños, passed away in March 2012, from complications related to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Clark was born in Oklahoma in 1948, the second of three children in a military family that was stationed in the U.S. as well as overseas. He eventually studied law and became an attorney in private practice in Mammoth Lakes, California. Clark and Melinda (Maxwell) were married in 1978, and their two children, Phillip and Lesley Ann, were born in 1981 and 1984.

In 1990, Clark, Melinda and their children, moved to Ecuador to start the ministry of For His Children. Resourceful and skilled, Clark was a plumber, electrician, mechanic, bookkeeper, host, and construction supervisor and the ‘go to’ guy at FHC/HPSN. He enjoyed people and was energized when spending time with friends and visitors. Clark also worked at the Alliance Academy in Quito for several years, and served on the Board of Elders at English Fellowship Church for many years.

With his God-inspired vision and dedication, the ministry of FHC/HPSN grew and thrived – caring for hundreds of children until they could be reunited with their birth family or an adoptive family.

Clark was diagnosed with ALS in late 2010. As the symptoms progressed, he strived to be real and authentic before God and others, recognizing that it required a lot of challenging and deep reflection. His belief in Jesus Christ never wavered, and his greatest desire was to have a more intimate relationship with God.