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Brent & Michelle founded  Amparo International in 2019. After 20 years of doing "short-term" missions trip to Latin America, the Ellingson's joined Engineering Ministries International (EMI) and moved to Managua in February of 2016. Brent was instrumental in establishing EMI's new Latin American office and served with EMI for almost 3 years, the final year as Director of the Latin American office. While Brent was busy at EMI, Michelle followed Gods calling and began helping underprivileged people working in a garbage dump in Managua. During this time both Brent & Michelle attended a Nicaraguan church and made friends who introduced them to Mango. It was there that they witnessed the tremendous poverty and need in the remote regions of the country. Sensing that God was calling both Brent and Michelle in a new direction, Brent left EMI to establish Amparo International. 

Brent & Michelle raised their family of 5 sons in Maple Ridge, BC. They have been married for 38 years and have their 8th grandchild on the way! Before moving to Nicaragua, Brent had established and ran his own construction and development company, while Michelle passionately poured her life into her family.


Brent and Michelle know that they cannot do this alone and are very grateful for your prayers and financial support as they continue on this journey together.  


"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me - watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."​

~Matthew 11; 28-30~MSG

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