Iain, Liz and Samuel are from Inverness, in the Highlands of Scotland. They became the Host Family for Cornerstone Foundation in July 2004, based in La Ceiba, where they helped coordinate the visits of individual volunteers and short-term mission teams to the hospital by looking after the needs of visitors and their accommodations. They also have been key personnel in materials and supply purchasing for the hospital.
Their calling: “We believe we have been called to Honduras to develop two projects: a foster home and a house for children from extreme rural areas that will enable them to access education. Working with Cornerstone as host family has provided us with the opportunity to learn Spanish and an understanding of the local culture and to make important contacts in Honduras as we waited for the Lord to show us the next stage of His plans.”
From its inception, Cornerstone Foundation had anticipated and planned for work in children’s care – the McKenzies had a corresponding vision. In 2006 we began to further develop these projects together, with a plan for the McKenzies to direct the work. Iain, Liz and Samuel moved from La Ceiba to live in Balfate in July 2006 as they prepared to start the projects and fulfill the vision they received from the Lord. Construction began in October 2006 and was completed in June 2008. As they waited for the new center to be completed, they started receiving children into the house they were renting. They moved into the newly completed center with 6 children and admitted another the same day. The center can house 24 children and runs pretty close to capacity most of the time.
They have two sons: Samuel (12/01/97), who is with them in Honduras. Their older son, Simon, lives in Scotland along with his wife (Jackie) and children (Katelyn and Dylan).