Nick Beeman was instrumental in purchasing five whiteboards for our junior high classrooms last year. The fundraiser was a success not only for Colegio Santa Marta but also for him because he earned a badge in his Boy Scouts club. Some of the members of the club and their leaders were in the area and stopped in to see the white boards and school. What a huge blessing and an awesome example for the club to continue their involvement in this ministry. Yes Rod put out the challenge for the other Scout members to earn their badges by raising money to buy more whiteboards!!!!
Redeemer Church of Modesto gave up their Thanksgiving break and time with family to spend it with their extended Mexican family at Santa Marta. They came with serving hearts and goals to be accomplished. Their interaction with our students was through involvement in the PE classes, an all school carnival and a Turkey dog lunch for Thanksgiving. They fed around 350 people that day. Not only were they active with the school but also with the gymnasium (all walls are up!), painting and tearing off an old roof and putting up the new one. Thank you Redeemer Church and we look forward to another visit Thanksgiving 2018!
Village Bible Church from Garden Grove, CA came for the weekend of November 3-4 to help out with our gymnasium project. This church has been involved with the ranch for many years and are expert weekend ranch warriors for the Lord. This trip was a back breaking one because all day Saturday the cement mixer was operating as the mighty crew lifted up buckets of concrete to fill the last two bond beams above the gymnasium block walls. This was no small task but the challenge was there and they overcame. There was even enough time to play with the ranch kids that afternoon. We enjoyed service together that Sunday morning at our chapel and sent them off with good memories, sore backs and anticipation for their next visit in 2018.
The “South Albany Crew” held up throughout their longer than usual week (they added on one whole day!) They were able to get the wide gymnasium entranceway sidewalk poured before the graduation. The demo team took down the old laundry room, the Tali team poured a floor for the treatment plant and of course a water line was busted! Our line buster made it up though and fixed up all of Monica’s girls bikes. That was awesome! Thank you and we will see you all soon!
Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church of Sacramento had a great week with our children. They put on a carnival for our students and a dinner in the park area with the ranch kids. They moved us along with the gym siding, painted the new bathrooms and of course gymnasium sidewalks!
We had a special week with Living Waters Spanish group from the Portland,OR & Vancouver,WA area. Here’s a note from them:
At the campfire on our last evening, team members called out things that had been accomplished during the week. One of them was of the multiplication of the chicken for a once-a-year, special dinner we were putting on for the RSM boys. The evening of the dinner, the kitchen crew had set the tables with the dinner, which was to include two pieces of chicken per plate, but sadly there were many plates that had no chicken or only 1 piece of chicken, because we were very short on chicken. This was odd, because the head chef for the night, Jodi, is practically a professional cook for large groups, and before the trip she had made very sure that there would be enough chicken for everyone for this special dinner. But, as it turned out, we were far short. All the chicken had been emptied from the oven and all the places set, but missing the 2 pieces per plate.
So, the kitchen crew began hustling to think of alternatives, such as peanut butter and jam sandwiches. In the midst of this mild panic, we heard that the RSM boys would be late in arriving to the dinner and, in wanting to keep the chicken warm, Jodi & Co. unset all of the plates and put the chicken back in the oven. Then one of the team members suggested that they pray for there to be enough chicken for everyone, which they did, over the closed oven.
When we were told the rancho boys were now on their way, we began setting all of the plates again… but this time, lo and behold, there was enough chicken. In fact, not only did all of the plates have the desired two pieces of chicken on them, there was a lot of extra pieces of chicken, as well! In fact, we had so much chicken that there were even leftovers—after many had gone back for a third or fourth piece of chicken. This was indeed a miracle, and everyone working on the food crew that evening witnessed it. We have an amazing God, who loves to bless His children!
Thank you and we hope to see you again next year! Blessings, Santa Marta family
Pathways Community Church from Santee, CA, arrived for a weekend and continued with concrete work, moving blocks, constructing a second patio for the other boys’ house, painting cabinets in the Victor house and just hanging out with the kids making ice cream and clobbering a giant soccer ball.