Scott, Tracy, Tatiana, Caleb and Jaxon Blackburn
TAT’S PLACE , TAT’S KIDS, and THE BLACKBURN’S IN PERU
After a successful 28-year masonry career in Canada, my family and I followed our hearts’ desires to serve the less fortunate children here in the southern Amazon jungle of Peru. Tracy and I (Scott) live in Puerto Maldonado with our youngest son Jaxon (12). Caleb (19) has returned to Canada and is working as a long-haul trucker and living in Ontario.
Since arriving in Peru in 2014, the Lord has entrusted over 55 children to our care. These children have come from varying backgrounds including sexual abuse, violent abuse, abandonment, and orphans. Currently, we care for 15 children on a full-time basis. We are dedicated to serving these children who have experienced so much pain from their past. Working closely with the local child protection office, our home provides transitional and permanent care for children placed into the system. These children have varying emotional and developmental challenges. While in our care full-time, the children are protected, as well as being provided with an education, spiritual guidance, health care and counseling. We provide a family-style home where the children are loved and cared for, allowing them to heal from their past so they can interact and maintain a close relationship with their new foster family. We find this family-based model gives the children a smooth transition into society or when returning to their families.
Our Association, Alegre Sonido de Dios (Joyful Sound of God), and Tat’s Place our new home, is located just outside of Puerto Maldonado, the largest city in the southern Amazon. Our first project here in 2014 was to re-establish another children’s home. In 2018 that work was passed to Peruvian directors and is still in operation. We transitioned from that work and opened this new home in 2019. We are blessed to see the children become confident young adults as they feel safe and loved in our home. We are a family who sincerely loves the Lord and we want to extend that love to all people for whom Jesus sacrificed Himself on the Cross.
Tat’s Kids and Tat’s Place.
In 2019 we purchased a 12.5-acre property, and in 2020 we purchased another 12.5 acres giving us 25 acres. The property is 25km outside of the city. We have built a brand new home called Tat’s Place, a 6800 sqft facility with the capacity for 20 children and staff. Our home is 100% off the grid using solar power and private water. Tat’s Place was built in our daughter’s memory. From a very young age, our daughter Tatiana had a passion for serving children. Having served at Christian children’s camps each summer, serving with her dad in Cuba over many years, and after a trip to serve at an orphanage in Haiti in 2014, she was ready to go all in, and serve the less fortunate children of the world. Tatiana was the driving force behind our family moving to Peru to serve these children.
Tatiana returned to Canada, from Peru in 2016, to complete her BA in theology at Heritage College and Seminary and work towards her Master’s in Biblical Counseling. Her plan was to return to Peru with her husband Matthew. Together they would serve as the Directors at our home. During the summer of 2018, while on vacation with her love Matthew, and just 8 days after they were engaged, Tat was killed in a car accident in Madison, Wisconsin. Matthew survived and returned to Peru with us for several months. To honor and continue her memory we have created a fund for Tat’s Kids Peru and Tat’s Place. This fund is designated to the support of the children in our home and the building of the new home. We will use these funds to further the cause she so deeply believed in. Tat’s Place is the new permanent location of Alegre Sonido de Dios and Tat’s Kids Peru!
We are missionary representatives for Impact Hope, formerly Missionary Ventures Canada, sent by our home church Emmanuel in Barrie, Ontario, Canada and further supported by Vista Community Church in Temple, Texas. We always welcome new supporters, volunteer teams, donations and new partner churches. We look forward to new relationships as we partner to serve the children here in Peru.
Scott and Tracy Blackburn
Directors Tat’s Place
Alegre Sonido de Dios Children’s Home
Puerto Maldonado, Peru
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