Refuge127 Ministries began as a desire to fulfill the call of James 1:27 – “to visit and help and care for the orphan. In January 2008, Mandy and Shay Holloway and Lacey Melancon began to work with the children living at the Lafourche Parish Juvenile Justice Facility in Thibodaux, Louisiana. These children were living here due to severe abuse and neglect from their caregivers. It is here that God truly birthed in our hearts the cry of James 1:27. As we showed these orphaned children the love of God, we realized the power of the love of Jesus Christ flowing to a hurting soul.

For the next four years, God trained us and developed us to take on an even bigger work. A friend of ours, Josh Wilson, was helping a Pastor build an orphanage in the village of Kachomo in Uganda, Africa. In October of 2011, Mandy and Shay Holloway were invited to go to Africa with Josh during their January 2012 trip and the vision of this school expanded.

To honor Refuge127’s efforts in supporting the vision, the Pastor over the orphanage, Bishop John Wayabire, asked to name the school in honor of our organization and Hope Refuge School was established.


We officially became a non-profit organization in February of 2012 during the time that Refuge127’s outreach to the Juvenile Justice Facility was coming to a close. God was transitioning us into a new work in Uganda.


Since Mandy and Shay’s trip, God has multiplied our vision for Hope Refuge School, and Refuge127 is committed to providing the children of Kachomo, Uganda suitable living quarters, proper medical care, nutritious food, and an excellent education for years to come.