Bob and Joyce Coder founded Wellspring of Life in 2000 as a ministry to provide fresh water through the construction of wells, initially in Haiti and later in Honduras. After drilling several wells in Honduras, they felt God leading them to plant themselves in one place and “disciple a village.” They began working in El Doradito, a tiny village with a just a handful of shacks. Mission teams from the USA assisted Bob and Joyce with construction and soon the village had many cinder-block homes and a church. They saw the need for Christian education and constructed Cornerstone Christian Academy. Due to personal health concerns, Bob and Joyce returned to the USA to live in 2016. They continued to make short-term trips to El Doradito to support the ministry. The ministry would not exist without their tireless efforts.
From 2016 through 2018, college student volunteers (most from a partner ministry called Global Year) came to the school to spend a year or more teaching and sharing God’s love with the students. They worked valiantly to sustain the ministry. In the spring of 2018, one of those college students, Molly, called her father. “Dad, God is doing wonderful things here, but they desperately need help.” After hearing his daughter’s plea and then talking with Bob at a world missions conference, Brent Ozanne, felt called to Honduras.
Brent had no experience or training as a missionary or school administrator. He had his own animal husbandry business and served as youth minister of his church in Tennessee. Yet, in August of 2018 Brent and his wife, Anne, along with daughters Molly and Abby, moved to El Doradito. Working with the Honduran teachers, the Ozanne’s immediately jumped into teaching and administrative roles so that the school could continue. Brent began working with several Honduran employees on desperately needed repairs. While the first few months were basically organized chaos, God met the need and moved the school forward. Brent was able to hire more Honduran teachers while another ministry, CEPUDA, constructed two new classrooms that allowed all 180+ students to attend the school at the same time. In April of 2019, the ministry was miraculously given a free 75-year lease on 278 acres of abandoned ranch land a short drive from the school. The only stipulation was that it always be used as a tool to glorify God, a stipulation we love! The ranch is receiving donations of animals which are being used to train the children and families in the care of animals, to provide milk, eggs and meat, and eventually to help the school become self-sustaining. One small example of how we are seeking to become self-sustaining is the tortillas and boleados that one class makes as their work project. That is now providing almost 9,000 lempiras per month ($360) for the school. The Ozanne’s oldest daughter, Jessica, arrived in August to run the ranch. She completed her internship in ranch management in July. God works in mysterious ways!
A day in the life of Cornerstone Christian Academy and El Doradito is rarely without a challenge. Thankfully, it is even more rarely without a miracle. We are totally and absolutely dependent on God for everything and He always “shows up.” We have seen hope skyrocket in this village and many have come to a saving faith in Jesus. Day by day, through ministry and relationship, God is working to change hearts and lives in the little village of El Doradito, Honduras.