Eagle’s Nest and the ministries they provide have been 34 years in the making!
Larry and Claire Boggs moved to Guatemala as full time missionaries in 1978 with their 4 children, Ginger, Vicki, Daniel and Felis. Their original plan was to come to help plant churches. After a few months of being in country, Claire was presented with an opportunity to take in an unwanted child. With 4 young children of her own, she didn’t think they could adopt, but they had friends that would. She began to research and found a way to complete the first adoption. A new ministry and passion was born!
At first, the children that Larry and Claire cared for were part of their family, living and eating in the same house. After a short time, the number of children who needed care grew and the Boggs rented a facility and hired additional people to help them care for the children. This home was the Refugio Bautista Infantil in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. A few years later, the name was changed to Hogar Cuna de Quetzaltenango. Adoptions were going full swing for many years and the children’s home continued to grow.
In 2000, Claire Boggs found the current property Eagle’s Nest resides on. This property had been abandoned for 10 years and after much thought, research and prayer they started to look into purchasing the property to meet the needs of their continuing growth. The asking price of the property was $600,000, but after all negotiations were done, they purchased the property for $158,000! In 2001, the old facility in Quetzaltenango was purchased by doctors. In 2005, all the children were moved to Sololá and the mortgage from the old facility now pays the mortgage for Eagle’s Nest.
When the Guatemalan and U.S. governments stopped adoptions in 2008, Eagle’s Nest became a permanent home for the children living there. Since then, the children at Eagles Nest are placed by the government for protection and love. Eagle’s Nest provides food, care, spiritual and mental health to the abandoned children. They give them hope and a place to call home.
For more information about Eagle’s Nest and the children that live there, check out their website!