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Miracle at the Ranch! Living Waters

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 famil

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Dress Up as a Movie Character Day

Just before our two week Easter break it was a fun dress up day! Our students (and our teachers!) love these special days as you can see with their outfits. Have a great weekend!  Rancho Santa Marta

  

   

 

 

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Pathways Community Church, Santee, CA

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.

 

  

 

 

 

 

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West Valley Presbyterian Church; Cupertino, CA

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.

 

      

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Trade Classes

Colegio Santa Marta has grown over the years in both number of students, buildings, and in programs with the addition of a junior high and now plans for a high school. We are growing, but even with the addition of regular education students both in the elementary and junior high levels we have always been a school for special needs students. Colegio Santa Marta is a haven to children with learning disabilities. These students are what make Colegio Santa Marta so special. We offer them a school that accepts them and gives them hope. Three times a week, we teach the junior high students a technical trade where they will learn how to use their hands and their minds to accomplish tasks. Our girls are becoming proficient in sewing and have produced some very impressive handbags and dresses. Our boys are learning carpentry, electrical, mechanics, and masonry skills. The pictures below show Steve, Jeronimo and Rosalva teaching these trades to these special kids. Colegio Santa Marta is a very important place for these students and we are thankful we have the facilities and personnel to give them what they need. Blessings,  Rod & Tina

     

 

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West Valley Presbyterian, Cupertino, CA

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

   

  

   

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A Busy Week at the Ranch

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

   

  

   

 

 

 

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North Coast Church, Carlsbad, CA

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!

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Let it Snow!

Rancho Santa Marta is located on the Baja peninsula and is only a three hour drive to the highest peak, Picacho del Diablo, which measures 10,157 ft. Last Saturday, we took children from two of our houses to that mountain area where they were able to play in the snow! It was wet and cold, but they had a blast as you can see. Our other two houses will have the opportunity this coming weekend if weather permits. What a blessing to be able to play in the snow in the winter and drive only a half hour to the beach during the summer months.

       

 

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Early Spring!

Check out the new additions to our ranch family. Thank you for your prayers for rain!! Our fields are green!

“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12

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