David and Rose Ford first established Shekinah Lakes as a place to raise their three children in 1998. In 1999, the Fords decided to open up their unusually beautiful property to the public. Their first step was to offer one night to a week stay as a resort. However, due to their founding and operating New Hope Children's Foundation in Nicaragua in 2003 (www.newhopechildrensfoundation.org), they decided to instead offer their rental homes by the month.
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Their daughter Charity took over operations of Shekinah Lakes in 2019.