West Valley Presbyterian Church of Cupertino, CA enjoyed the fellowship at church with our children and then had four days to accomplish the gymnasium cement bond and sidewalks, new bathroom slab, patio for our boys’ house, treatment plant fencing and plastering, curtains for the Victor house, the demolition of two classrooms to prepare for our new high school classrooms and presenting an interactive music activity with all grades at our school.
The last week of February was a busy time, but very productive week here at the ranch. West Valley Presbyterian Church of Cupertino, CA, arrived Saturday, February 18th. They enjoyed the fellowship at church with our children and then had four days to accomplish the LIST: gymnasium cement bond and sidewalks, new bathroom slab, patio for our boys’ house, treatment plant fencing and plastering, curtains for the Victor house, the demolition of two classrooms to prepare for our new high school classrooms and presenting an interactive music activity with all grades at our school. Awesome job! Right after they left Friday morning, Pathways Community Church from Santee, CA, arrived and continued with the LIST: 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 that giant soccer ball. You guys are a huge catalyst for our projects and a great testimony for our students and children in the home. Thank you and we look forward to seeing both churches again! Blessings, Rod & Tina
Frank Rivera, Rick Felkins and Mike Chamberlain from North Coast Church, Carlsbad, CA, plumbed out our new public bathrooms. They arrived on Friday and left Saturday afternoon after they completed the work. Thanks for the help guys! North Coast Church of Carlsbad.
Crosspoint Community Church from Modesto, CA, is the one and only group that comes down to the ranch in January to brave the unpredictable Baja California weather. They have been coming since 1989! One year there was so much rain that it washed the San Vicente bridge out and they had no way to get back to Modesto. They stayed over for several days so the water in the riverbed could lower and allow traffic to pass through.
Johnny and Mia Marcon are leaders of a group from Orange County, CA. Here is how Johnny describes his group:
“Our New Year’s group is a conglomeration of friends and families from Orange County with a long history coming down to the ranch. The group started with Crown Valley Church in the 90’s and has since grown to include members of several local churches, including Grace Church of Laguna Niguel and Branches OC. This group enjoys putting on a multi-day VBS program in town for both the ranch children and the local San Vicente children. Their self proclaimed strength is cement work, and they flexed their muscles by completing a new patio, sidewalk, bathroom footing and walkway in less than 4 days!”
We had the privilege of hosting Calvary Assembly of God Church from Lomita, CA, a couple of weekends ago. They have been faithful supporters of the ranch for many years, but have not actually taken a group down for at least eight years. Welcome back! They arrived on Thursday afternoon and left on Monday morning so they had two full work days to create a huge mural in Mateo and Angel’s new room. They worked and played hard! The walls were painted and the mural is made up of a combination of the “Land Before Time” dinosaur characters and the “Nemo” stars. Thank you for taking the time out of your schedules to come visit and minister to our ranch kids. We hope to see you soon (and yes, Pastor John too)!!Calvar
Our Savior Lutheran Church of Lafayette, CA and Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church of Orinda, CA have been involved with Rancho Santa Marta from it’s foundational year. Dick & Nancy Anderson and Pastor John Valentine met Bill & Kaye Lawrence in Colonia Guerrero at an orphanage that they were directing. When the Lawrence’s left that orphanage, Dick and Nancy and the congregation of Our Savior Lutheran followed. Pastor John of Holy Shepherd Lutheran came aboard and they have been vital in the structural layout of the ranch and it’s buildings. Their visits are usually twice a year splitting the teams up into a youth service week and the adult/family week. Thank you for your visit last October. Victor house walls and doors are finally painted and we have new curtains for many of our classrooms. Your time spent with the children in the afternoons was memorable. Thank you to both churches and we look forward to another visit in 2017!
We enjoyed a nice, HOT weekend with Village Bible Church of Garden Grove, CA. Just so happened that the major jobs for them were roofing in that wonderful heat. They did a great job with no complaints. One of the little boys dorms needed shingles stripped off and then rolled roofing torched down. The patio covering over the visitors kitchen needed a complete overhaul with roofing and plywood needing replacement and then some demo work with our old snack bar building. That old building will be torn down so we can construct a bigger public restroom for visitors and for the students. Thank you Village Bible Church for your faithfulness and continued support for Santa Marta. We look forward to seeing more of your happy faces. Blessings, Rod & Tina
Pathways Community Church visited the Ranch with a work group of 32 in late September. They worked hardand accomplished much. Included in their accomplishments was the donation and installation of kitchen cabinets for the new Victor House. The cabinets were purchased with a $9,300 grant from the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club. In addition to the kitchen cabinets, the group worked on relocating bricks to the gym project, painting school buildings and the Victor House interior, sewing curtains for the school office, improving the sewer treatment plant. While the group worked hard on projects, they also spent time organizing activities for the kids of the Ranch. “Huge” soccer ball game, Home Depot wordworking crafts, facepainting, cross necklaces, moonsand and friendship bracelets. We appreciate all that Pathways did for the Ranch!
Cameron Steele and Johnny Campbell are big names in the Baja Score1000 racing circuit. Cameron Steele races a trophy truck and Johnny Campbell won the race 11 times on a Honda motorcycle. Cameron’s father is a friend of Bill Lawrence and has been a supporter of the ministry for many years. Because of that relationship Cameron has been a “conduit” of fund raising and awareness for Santa Marta. He and Johnny Campbell now are on their 8th Baja Beach Bash run where they lead 40 – 50 motorcycle riders around the Baja California terrain.