QUINTA ESPERANZA RETREAT AND CONFERENCE CENTER
Quinta Esperanza is our ministry property in Diriamba, Carazo.
Iglesia Nuevo Amanecer (New Dawn Church) was initiated here in 2005 with 160 children from the
neighborhood (barrio) and 6 mothers. Most of these children did not attend school, lived in cardboard
and plastic homes, scavenged in the landfill for food and plastic bottles to sell and were ministered to
by a street evangelist who brought these kids to us and became part of our ministry for the next nine
years. We initiated the church on the landfill. It quickly grew to 350 people and 6 Sunday school classes,
a youth group, women's and men's groups, cell groups and street ministry. As a result of ministering
to the children, families came to the Lord and were baptized, and couples who had been living together for years were married.
Pastor Jorge Castillo and his wife, Xiomara, are the pastors at Iglesia Nuevo Amanecer. The children
of the neighborhood are benefiting from their dedication to the youth and involvement with the
Daniel's House, our Children's Home (2006-2012). We closed Daniel's House in 2012 due to lack of
funding and because our older children were now in college or married. Upon closure of the children's
home, we brought 3 children, Emmy, Sammy & Flor, home to live with us. Emmy is looking forward to
changing her name and becoming an official member of the Schweitzer family. Elvis Schweitzer, our
first and oldest resident of the children's home, is now is 35. Elvis lives at Quinta Esperanza where
he is part of children's ministry, works with children and youth football teams, and is involved with
teams. Sammy is living at Quinta Esperanza again and helps out with children's ministry.
Daniel's Houseis now available for Pastors and Missionaries. We host Short-term Ministry Teams and
Church Teams in our two dormitories which provide bunk beds, each dormitory accommodating 20