Tom & Carol Clark were commended to the work in Peru from Hiawassa Bible Chapel of Orlando, Florida, in 1985. Since the early years of their ministry, Tom has developed Christian camping, taught in local churches, and encouraged believers through classes, counseling, and visiting. Today he continues in these efforts, though on a smaller scale, as well as being the head director of Morning Star Children's Home. In this capacity he cultivates working relationships with judges, social workers, and bureaucrats; travels and researches to rescue at risk children and push their paperwork through a quagmire of legal processes; and oversees the daily operations of MSCH.
In the past, Carol homeschooled as well as taught the Bible and reading to women. Today she continues to be involved in women's ministries and children's ministries as well as writing and editing curricula for Strong Tower Christian School.
Tom and Carol have been married for over 30 years and have six children. Together they try to extend hospitality to those who visit Morning Star. Their oldest son, Aleks, is married, has two daughters, and lives in Tennessee. Chas is a retired sergeant of the U.S. Army Infantry. Josi lives in Pueblo Nuevo and is a teacher's aid at STCS. Bryan is serving in the U.S. Infantry based at Fort Drum NY. Lucy and Michaela have recently finished high school and are continuing their educations.
Flor's three college age children no longer require her full attention and she has faithfully served at Morning Star as a care giver for several years. She currently covers the night shift in House #1. Being a certified nurse's aid, she can also oversee medical issues for all the kids. Her daughter, Clarita, pictured here, many times spends the night with her and helps get the children to school.
Aleida was a primary teacher at Strong Tower for many years. She now is the caregiver in charge of House #1 during the daytime and uses her teaching skills to assist the school age children in both houses with their educational needs.
Margarita & Jorge Saavedra
Morning Star began functioning with Jorge & Margarita serving as house parents in 2006. After a couple of years, they returned to Chiclayo to further their children's education. With that need met, they were able to return to this capacity enabling us to reopen House #2 at the beginning of 2018. Their adult children, Diana and Isaac, help there with the boys.
Gloria has been with Morning Star as a caregiver since 2015. She currently is assigned to covering the shifts for the other caregivers on their days off each week as well as sick days or other eventualities as required.
Jose has been at Morning Star since its inception. He is the groundskeeper and maintenance man. The 1 3/4 acres of property keep him busy with repairs and gardening.
Carlos has been at Morning Star since it's inception in 2006. He has undertaken many distinct roles over the years and is currently our nighttime security guard. This allows him some latitude in his daytime schedule to work with the youth in the local church as well.
Since the beginning of 2017 Josi has overseen marketing and food service. She prepares the daily noon and evening meals for both houses and goes to the local market for fresh produce twice a week.