Ronnie and Joan Brock have been involved with the Happiness Foundation since the summer of 2011. In the summer of 2012 they moved their family to Ecuador, living and working alongside the foundation director and staff for 3 years. Today Ronnie serves at the President of the Happiness Foundation US Board. They continue to provide administrative support and raise funds to support the monthly operation of the foundation from their home in Oklahoma. Each summer they host multiple churches and family groups that provide summer programming for the children at the foundation and support to the house moms and staff.
Clay Cunningham has been taking groups to serve at the Foundation for six years. Even on his first trip, he quickly connected with the people and vision of the Happiness Foundation, and wanted to stay involved because of the wholistic ministry that takes place there. He believes that the book of James makes it clear that it is the role of all believers take care of orphans and widows and feels blessed to be a part of the work of the Foundation. His favorite part about being a part of the ministry there is hearing stories of God has worked and is currently working in the hearts of the people. He currently lives in Benton, Arkansas with his wife Stacy and their two daughters Kynley (4) and Emersyn (2).
Jamie Howe first visited the foundation with her family in the summer of 2018 and again in 2019. The children, house parents, and evidence of God’s grace immediately captured her heart. It is exciting to hear and see beautiful redemption stories that glorify God. She considers it an honor to serve others in this ministry. Jamie and her husband Michael have four sons and one daughter, and call Benton, Arkansas home.
Lynn and Bill Collins started visiting the Foundation to help Ronnie and Joan Brock with their ministry in 2011. They have travelled every summer since then, and Lynn has been a part of leading a bible study with the teenage girls at the Foundation. Lynn and Bill believe that the work of the Foundation is a great picture of the gospel and how God cares for us and wants us to be a part of His family. They are excited to be more involved, and consider it a privilege to be able to contribute to the safety, joy and peace that the children have at the Foundation. Over the past several years, the children and house mothers have begun to feel like family for Lynn and Bill and they look forward to their visit each year. They have four children – Cole (21), Abbey (19), Will (17), and Ella (9).
Basilio Fierro has spent a lifetime ministering to students of all ages. After seminary he served at a number of universities in the United States and Mexico. His gift of counseling and his passion for sharing the Gospel makes him especially welcomed and loved at the foundation. He first began coming to the foundation in 2012 and is a wonderful voice of wisdom. When not traveling the world he lives in Vanhorn, TX.
Renée Beaver is a former teacher with a heart for children. She delights in building relationships and serving people in her community, across the nation, and around the world. As a Realtor the idea of home is at the heart of all she does, so being part of an organization that protects children, equips them with an education, and provides them a place of refuge- a place to call home- is something she is passionate about. Seeing God’s provision and abundant care for these children brings so much joy. Renée and her husband, Matt, live in Frisco, Texas with their two fur babies. They can’t wait to visit Ecuador soon and love on all the children at the Happiness Foundation!