Founders & Executive Director

Alex Casco, Tara Germain, & Daughter Molly; Light & Salt Ministries Founders

Light & Salt Ministries


Welcome to the heart and soul of all things Light & Salt.  Behind the foundations of this grass roots charity is a family that was brought together by God.  He put their passion into action and He is the only one worthy of the glory and the honor.

When asked what brought her to missions and how LASM was started, Tara fumbles for words, mostly in wonder of the greatness of God and how He takes tragedy and turns it into triumph.  At the age of 29, when she had tried everything in life and was still missing her niche, she sold her life’s belongings in an attempt to find it.  She ended up on a dirt runway in the most remote part of Honduras where she emphatically says that she found the beginning of the rest of her life. 

The most beautiful brown-skinned, brown-eyed, barefoot children greeted her with just a cardboard sign in their hands that read “Tara Germain”.  She followed them back from the prop plane in which she had just landed to an orphanage that she thought they would never reach, thirstier than she had ever been in her life.  “All the classroom teaching about Christian foundations I had received in years past could not beat THIS!” she said excitedly.

Six months later Jose Alejandro Casco became her husband.  She met this handsome man in the marketplace where she bought the rice and beans for the children of the orphanage each morning.   Interestingly, he found himself in that same remote village because of a series of curve balls that life had thrown at him, a place he had dreamed many times before.  Four months after they were married they were given their baby girl (Molly) who had been taken in to the children’s home in which they volunteered. And thus their journey began.

The founders of Light & Salt Ministries now live in a small mountain town of Northern Nicaragua named Ciudad Dario, in the province of Matagalpa. Alejandro now dedicates his time to construction work while Tara carries on serving LASM as the Executive Director.  

There is not one part of this journey that either one of them would change, and they believe wholeheartedly that God’s plans for them are good, and not bad; plans to give them a hope and a future, always.