The Story of FHC

Clark and Melinda Vaughn and their two young children, Phillip and Lesley, were living in Mammoth Lakes, California in the 1980’s, when they joined friends at Church on the Mountain for a two-week mission team trip to Ecuador in 1988.

One evening, at a church service in Quito, Clark perceived God speaking to him. The exact words were “…You are going to move here (Ecuador), live here, and love My people.”

He and Melinda were somewhat in shock during the weeks following this experience. Later, it became difficult to be patient and to wait on God’s timing as they were excited with this new direction for their lives. Clark eventually sold his law practice and their home in Mammoth Lakes. With the encouragement of a pastor/friend, the Vaughns drove their RV to Guatemala where they helped at a children’s home for several months. After this experience, it became clear to the Vaughns that their calling to Ecuador would involve caring for homeless children.

By August 1990, the Vaughns had prepared Phillip and Lesley for the move, they packed eight jumbo suitcases, and bought four tickets to Quito, Ecuador. By this time, Clark and Melinda had formed an IRS tax-exempt non-profit organization they called “For His Children”.

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The decision to relocate to another country sounds simple enough, but often the Vaughns wondered if they heard God correctly, and if they fully understood why He was calling them to relocate to another country. Family members and friends often had a difficult time understanding the decision to move to Ecuador.They used their savings to pay for living expenses while they started the ministry.

After settling in Quito, the Vaughns became a foster family, helping other children’s homes by caring for children needing individualized attention. They began to specialize in caring for premature infants, malnourished babies, and children with special needs. This is still an important part of the ministry today; about one-third of the children at FHC/HPSN have moderate to severe special needs.

The ministry has grown since 1990. Hundreds and hundreds of children have passed through the doors of FHC/HPSN, receiving the love and support of its highly trained and caring staff. FHC/HPSN’s two campuses in Quito and Latacunga are clean and welcoming, and the children’s environment is warm, bright and cheerful.

The ministry strives to show through excellence in the quality of care, that our goal is to honor Jesus Christ in all we do.

FHC/HPSN works diligently to try to reunite each child with his or her birth family if possible. Some children will find their forever family via Ecuador’s national and international adoption programs. Children who have not been adopted (usually because of their significant special needs) will remain under the loving care of FHC/HPSN.

FHC provides encouragement and hope, helping each child to know that God loves them and that He has a plan and a future for them.