Feliz Navidad 2019

Christmas is such a special time for our children and the memories of last December 25 are still in their minds.  Most of our children have no contact with their parents or relatives so the only time they receive a wrapped gift is for Christmas and their birthday.  Gathering forty children/teens together to open gifts at the same time is an exhilarating experience!  The gifts that were sent were welcomed with open arms and smiling faces!  We want to thank the following churches, families and individuals who participated in blessing our children.  A huge thank you to:

  • Shepherd of the Hills Church
  • Calvary Assembly of God – Lomita
  • Rick & Diane Siegal Family
  • Allen & Becky Carlisle Family
  • Sarah & Mike Reilly & Friends
  • Friends of Friends for RSM
  • Gloria Perez of Upper Cervical Chiropractor of San Diego

Through your giving we had enough Christmas presents and birthday gifts for this coming year!

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Thank you, Hive Church 2020

Thank you, Hive Church, from the Corvalis, Oregon area for your sacrifice of spending Thanksgiving break and Thanksgiving Day here at the ranch.  We appreciate your love for this ministry: helping out on our projects and spending quality time with our ranch children.  You are part of the extended family.  

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Solar Installation Update

Solar power for Santa Marta has been on our agenda for many years now.  We would have some interest, some calls made but for one reason or the other the spark went out.  One of the major reasons is the initial upfront costs.  Solar panels, inverters and the labor to make it all happen is very expensive.  For those who have been reading our newsletter for the past year we have had a serious spark of interest from Santee Rotary under the guidance of Allen Carlisle.  That spark actually ignited a fire and things were spreading until we were doused with water with the denial of the international rotary funds.  But, after a write up in the newsletter, you responded to our need and we were able to overcome the overall cost of materials and labor for our solar system.  Thank you, Allen and Santee Rotary for initiating the spark and raising a big part of the funds.  We also thank everyone else who took part in coming up with the rest so we could finally put solar power on the ranch.  The solar panels and inverters are installed, and we are waiting for the power company to install the equipment on their end.  The inverters have a software program where it is possible to see the relationship of power produced by solar and the amount of energy we are pulling from the outside power company grid.  During the day we are actually producing more energy than we are using!  That is exciting.  We calculate in five years we will pay off the investment from our energy savings.  Praise the Lord!!

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2019 Spring Break Groups

A huge thank you to our spring break groups. Brad and Marcy Riegg of Portland, OR with their Living Waters Spanish classes, South Albany Evangelical Church of S. Ablany, Oregon and Pathways Community Church of Santee were vibrant in their passion to serve in Mexico at Rancho Santa Marta. The children were spoiled again as time was spent in crafts, science projects and sports activities. The pole barn/ carpenter shop/ clothing room was the main project focus as well as the beginning of the demolition of our famous yellow walled hog pens. Our sights are set on constructing a library/media center in the future and so the old must come down to build the new. Thank you for all who came down to experience life here at the ranch. We appreciate the sacrifices that were made. We pray you were blessed as much as you were a blessing to this ministry. Gracias!


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The Group of “Many Churches”

Bob Moorhead (one of our patron board members) and the “group of many churches” began the second phase of our high school project in the Spring. They have been donned with the responsibility of building and placing the remaining trusses to cover the two added classrooms of the high school building complex. This will be the beginning of the summer groups goal: two more fully functional high school classrooms by August. It will be an exact repeat of last summers project. We accomplished it last year and so we are confident it can be done this summer. Thank you for the kick off Bob Moorhead and friends!!!

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Solar Update

The Santee Rotary Club along with Ensenada Rotarians have raised $32,070 of a $30,000 goal! Because of Rotary’s matching fund program, those funds will be more than doubled to allow us to invest in a solar system at the ranch. That is great news and we give the praise to God for this and the efforts of Allen Carlisle, member of the Santee Rotary club and his wife Becky who are avid supporters of our children at Rancho Santa Marta. There are a few infrastructure investments to be made at the ranch before we can begin laying out the solar panels but with those adjustments, we should be able to have solar power by summer time. Thank you for your contributions. This will help save at least 70% on our electrical consumption costs. Praise the Lord!!

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Crosspoint is faithful!

Thank you Crosspoint church Modesto for your labors of love! Every January the Modesto crew sets the pace for our upcoming projects and groups. For the most part (not all) this group is made up of retirees who have responded to the call of coming to the ranch and using their skills to build walls, construct roofs, paint walls, clean teeth and turn wrenches on our vehicles. Thank you Crosspoint and may the Lord richly bless you for being a blessing to our home.

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Southern Orange County Church Group 2019

The Ranch was blessed by the Southern Orange County Church Group who helped with setting the posts for the new pole barn and poured sidewalks for the carpenter shop.   They also organized a VBS in San Vicente for the kids of the town along with our Ranch kids.  An ice cream social topped the weekend and was a big hit!  Thank you Southern Orange County Church Group!!

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Rancho Santa Marta Fire Department

South Albany Fire Chief John and Fireman Trainer Scott from South Albany Church, OR, were gracious enough to donate a fire hose and fire suits to our fire truck. We have never had a structural fire on the ranch, but we have had the fields catch on fire and spread toward the home. So, it’s good to be prepared! They gave us a 2-hour short course on firefighting. Not sure how we will perform under the pressure of actually fighting a fire, but we definitely look good!! Thanks John and Scott, oh and special mascot Kailo!

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Padre Dam Water District Employees

Six employees from the Padre Dam Municipal Water District located in Santee California came down to the Ranch to deliver chairs, install framing around the gym windows and caulk the siding as well.  It was  short trip but they worked hard and are looking forward to the next one already.

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