Kenny and Lacey Horton, 33 and 32 Making faith the center of their lives tion program in Costa Rica. “After that, we’ll go to Guatemala and begin working with school-age kids in n January, long-time Erath County and Dublin residents, Kenny and Lacey Horton 22 ChildHope schools there,” Kenny said. “We’ll be helping provide education, food, and their three-year old daughter Layla embarked on an astounding journey taking clean water, and the knowledge of hope in on a Christian mission in Guatemala with an Jesus Christ to children and families across the country.” organization called ChildHope. Lacey adds, “In addition, we will help The organization’s motto sums up what usher in a new program, Project1, that will it and the Hortons stand for: ”Compassion, disciple recent high school graduates in a Education, Transformation.” year-long missions internship in Guatemala.” The Hortons have been long-serving For those familiar with Dublin Bottling youth ministers with local Church for the Works and Old Doc’s Soda Shop in downLost and Found Assembly of God and have town Dublin, Kenny and Lacey were familiar begun their new mission with an intensive, faces working there, meeting in 2009 and eight-month language and emersion educa- later getting married in 2011. In 2015, By J. Michael Ross
they welcomed their darling baby Layla into the world. Kenny was the manager of Dublin Bottling Works for over a decade and he also held a seat on the Economic Development Corporation board of Dublin. Lacey says, “I’m also a private voice and piano instructor and have worked as a freelance writer and social media manager.” Missionaries for Child Hope are responsible for raising the funds for the kids they’ll be working with. “We visited over 60 churches and civic organizations all over Texas,” Kenny says. The Hortons ultimately raised enough to sponsor 55 kids in this ministry.
Kenny and Lacey Horton spend much of their lives sharing their Christian faith. As Lacey explains, “Churches, organizations, Individuals, families and businesses can sponsor a child for $36 a month, and that provides meals, library materials, computers, and of course, it creates jobs for the local people in the schools.” Kenny said for many of these kids, it’s the only meal they’ll get that day. “If people would like to help support the ministry, they can go to www.ChildHope. org or www.Hortons4Hope.com. We obviously welcome any additional help we can get.” 31