Dean Adamek, Director
On September 15, 2001 the leadership of the orphanage was passed on to Dean Adamek of Lakeview Christian Center of New Orleans, LA. Dean, his wife Denise and their family live on the Ranch property along with the staff and the orphan children they care for.
Dean and Denise had been praying for two years asking God for direction when in 1996, through God´s provision, they went on a week long missions trip to the interior of Mexico. It was on that mission trip that God put it firmly on their hearts to live and serve there. After 2 years of preparation and the birth of their first son, they packed up and moved to Central Mexico where they supported missions work going on in the region and spent time in language school. During a time of prayer and fasting Dean felt God reveal to them His desire that they work in an orphanage and disciple children in the ways of Jesus Christ.
When they arrived at the orphanage, they soon realized that the Director and co-founder, Irene Logsdon, who founded the orphanage in 1969, was in poor health. One day that summer, Irene called Dean into the office and told him that she had been praying and felt that the Lord wanted him to take over the orphanage. Dean spoke with his pastors at LCC, and after seeking the Lord, they agreed that Dean should take over the Ranch and the Lord´s work there.
(For more on Dean and his family scroll down under Our History)
Pancho and Martina Santillan
Pancho was brought to Rancho 3M after his father died when he was just eight years old. His mother could not afford to take care of him nor his siblings. At the Ranch he was given food, clothing, a warm bed, an education and most importantly he was given hope as he heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Several years later, Pancho put his faith in Christ. As an adolescent, he and his friends put together the Rancho 3M worship band.
Martina was brought to the Ranch at the age of fourteen. Her family, who lived in poverty, wanted a better life for her. By the grace of God, Martina also became a Christian. She and her friends started the Rancho 3M Girl’s Choir.
After Pancho and Martina grew up, they both began working on staff and later married here in the chapel. Pancho still leads worship here in the chapel on Sundays and Martina often teaches and leads the little ones in children’s songs.
Pancho assists with the logistics of running the Ranch on the Mexican side. He is in charge of the older boys as well as many other staff duties. Over the decades he has been a stable example for the kids at the Ranch. Martina does a great job being in charge of the little girls and is a fine example to them of a mature Christian woman.
Teo and Lety Reyes
Lety has lived at the Ranch since she was seven years old. Teo did not arrive until he was a teenager. By this time Pancho & Martina were on staff (see above photo). When she was young, Lety put her trust in Jesus Christ; Teo did as well, only later in his teen years.
Both eventually began working on staff. Early on, they fell in love and soon got married here in the chapel. Their first apartment was located inside of the little boys dorm (how’s that for romantic)! They both have been greatly used by the Lord to help open and run Rancho 3M´s Christian School (grades pre-K through 6th) where Teo is the principal, and which is also open to the community.
Teo and Lety´s first child, Jair, died at the age of five in 2008 after three years of chemo and cancer treatments. The Lord miraculously kept him alive many times when he could have died earlier. Perhaps the greatest miracle that occurred through all of the agony of these trials was that the Lord taught them to trust Him in a more profound way to trust that He sovereignly rules over all situations even in sickness and in death. Today this Christian couple is more firm in their faith than ever before, and more dependent on God´s grace to meet them daily as they live with the scar of the death of their son. God has used them as a living example to the children & staff of Rancho 3M of how to trust God and grow in Him in the midst of suffering.