Our Story

Peter and Tyanne Jurka are the President and founders of Zion Ministries located in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  Peter and Tyanne first came to Honduras over 19 years ago with their three children, Tarah, Joshua, and Bethany, sent out from their home church, The Tabernacle in Buffalo, NY.

Arriving in Honduras a dream began in their hearts to establish a home for orphaned, abandoned, and abused children.  Their desire was to construct a center that would not only be used as a home for children, but also as a feeding center, a general medical and dental clinic, and a distribution center of humanitarian resources.

Peter and Tyanne felt to begin building the dream in a little town called Valle de Angeles, which in English means Valley of Angels.  Valle de Angeles is one of the oldest towns in Honduras and is located about 22 kilometers east of Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras.

In 1996 the first shovel began digging out the foundation of the Hope Center.  Over the years, many work teams from The Tabernacle and from various other churches came to be apart of seeing the dream fulfilled.  Finally, after ten years the construction of the Hope Center and the laborious process of acquiring government permission to become a legal orphanage was now completed.

In July of 2004, The Hope Center received its first 10 children from the ages of 1 to 4 years old. They all came to us severely  malnourished with worms and parasites.  After a couple of months of prayer, good food and a lot of love they all came alive like flowers budding in the spring.

Today the Hope Center is run by John and Tarah Carrette who are presently “Mommy” and “Daddy” to the children including their own 2 daughters, Gracie and Allie. Together with a wonderful staff of volunteers, they are helping the “Hope Children” accomplish their destinies in God.

The Hope Center acts as a refuge to its community where the sick, the needy, and the abandoned children of Honduras are discovering that in Jesus Christ there is hope.