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North Coast Backpacks

Back to school is a major event for us as we supply our 30+ students with uniforms and school supplies. North Coast Christian Church of Carlsbad has been a huge blessing as they supply not only all of our ranch students with backpacks and supplies but also the students at the Colegio. This is a blessing for not only the students but also for us since the backpacks come loaded with copy paper, pencils, pens, erasers, calculators, construction paper, flash drives, crayons, etc. that help us get through the year. Thank you North Coast Christian for blessing the students with your generosity. Hopefully we see you again next year!

   

 

 

 

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San Vicente Parade

March 21st is an eventful day in Mexico celebrating the coming of Spring, the petroleum company PEMEX, Benito Juarez’s birthday and sports!  All of that is represented in the grand San Vicente parade.  Many people come out to see their children march on the highway through town and then afterwards buy tamales for their lunch.  It’s amazing to see how many children and young people live in our small town.

 

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Victor House Is Open

We have waited over one year to make this change so everyone was excited to make the move. Victor is so content and loves to share his room so enjoy the videos of him showing off the house and his new room. Martin and Emilia now have a new family to tend to.  Saludos!!

 

 

 

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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.  www.padredam.org

   

  

 

 

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Crosspoint Church Visit

We had a super week with our Crosspoint Church group from Modesto, CA. We have a second floor in the gym, the siding on the gym is complete, laundry room cabinets were painted and installed in the Victor house, Juanita’s girls’ bathroom was drywalled and painted, the peach trees received their annual pruning, electrical problems were solved, all ranch kids’ teeth were cleaned, hair was trimmed and cut, the vehicles received their once a year oil changes and they created the first Santa Marta Fire Truck! We had a great time together. Thank you Crosspoint friends!

    

    

 

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Julia is back!!

She was away for six months: Mazatlan, Mexico City, Brazil and Oaxaca. She was challenged and stretched in her faith in God, but God was faithful and her faith was strengthened. She has come back refreshed and is excited for her next stage in life: university. She continues to pursue her goal in photography and would like a degree in that area. She will be at the ranch for several months investigating her schooling options. Pray for her as she seeks out God’s will for her life and thank you for your support for her. She is a great role model for the rest of our ranch kids. Blessings, Rod & Tina

           

 

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Boy Scouts

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 Boys 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!!!!

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Thank You Neffi!

Neffi has become a very good friend to us this last year. He was instrumental in assisting Tina with the licensing of our high school. He lives in Mexicali and has connections in the education department which was a huge help for us during that whole process. He is also a professor of sociology at a private college in Mexicali and one of his curriculum requirements is spending a day and a half helping out at our school and interacting with our ranch children. He has been doing this for four years now and our kids love it and his students come away with a life changing experience from both the school and home.

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Redeemer Church

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!!

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