Our Founders

Alex & Tara Casco

LASM Founders & Directors

Welcome to the heart and soul of all things Light & Salt.  Behind the foundations of this recently founded charity, is a family of four, miraculously brought together by the divinity and creativity of God our maker, and the One who put our passion into action – who is worthy of all glory and honor.

When asked what brought me to missions, and how LASM was started, I fumble for words, mostly in wonder of the greatness of God and the way He takes tragedy and turns it into triumph.  At the ripe age of 29, when I had tried everything in life, and was still missing my *knack*, I sold my life’s belongings in an attempt to find it and ended up on a dirt runway in the most remote part of Honduras where, indeed, I found the beginning to the “rest of my life”.  The most beautiful brown-skinned, brown-eyed, barefoot children greeted me with just a cardboard sign in their hands that read “Tara Germain”.  I followed them back from the prop plane I had just got down from, to an orphanage that I thought we would never reach, thirstier than I had ever been in my life, both physically & spiritually.  All the classroom teaching about Christian foundations I had received in years past could not beat THIS!

Six months later Jose Alejandro Casco became my husband.  I had met this handsome man in the market where I had bought the rice and beans for the orphanage children each morning.   Interestingly, he found himself in that same remote village because of a series of dreams that led him there, clearly all part of God’s plan.  Four months later we were given our first baby girl (Molly), taken in from the orphanage, and so our journey began.

Our little family now lives in the small mountain town of Northern Nicaragua named Ciudad Dario, in the province of Matagalpa, and joined by my very handsome step son, Anthony, we serve the most disadvantaged children, teens, adults and elderly of our area. There is not one part of this journey I would change, and I have come to believe, wholeheartedly, that the plans God has for us are good, and not bad, plans to give us a hope and a future.  We work hard daily, from 7:00 am4:30 pm in our center, with a team of staff now numbering eight in total, offering training of all sorts: sewing classes, leather work and shoe making, parenting seminars, Bible studies, sports training, computer skills, arts & crafts etc.  We serve daily lunches to more than 25 children, hand out weekly grocery provisions that consist of raw rice, beans & oil to the needy, and host city wide activities encouraging unity between all organizations, churches and centers that work on behalf of the children & adolescents at risk in our city.

We are mad about God, His grace & His justice – and we are at your service.

– Alex, Tara, Antony & Molly Casco