The Ark began with the Allan family, Ron and Glenda and their 12 kids, being called by God from their home base Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. For 20 years the family together maintained the Ark Children’s Home Riobamba Ecuador and now are scattered around the world. Some still play a big part in what the Ark is doing world wide, and others are serving God at home by paying bills and learning how to be Canadian again.

Ron and Glenda’s history in missions dates back to 1977 when they went to YWAM Texas and YWAM Tacoma. They worked with the Gitsan Indians in BC and later joined YWAM staff for Baguio Philippines. There they church planted among the indigenous tribal people, the Igorot.

It was after God spoke to them powerfully that they began the Ark in 1996. Since then, over 750 kids have come and gone through their care in Ecuador. Now that the home in Ecuador has closed down for the time being, Ron and Glenda have begun to plant ministries in other countries. Their life consists of hopping back and forth between countries and overseeing all of the different ministries all over the world while still pioneering new ones.


Isaac Allan (Ron and Glenda’s son) and his wife Dece, feeling God’s strong heart for the people living on the street in Cebu, are running the Ark Cebu.

Ron and Glenda Allan are the founders and directors of the Ark. They and their 12 children have worked together throughout the years to see God’s will and heart fulfilled here. Their mission is to see the broken hearted healed, the lost found, and the lonely in families

Noami Allan (Ron and Glenda’s daughter) is currently up in Iqaluit. She is hoping to work with the youth up there and bring them the hope of the gospel.