Impressions of Santa Clara

Thursday, Jan. 22

One my visit to Santa Clara Thursday, a few things stood out to me about the people. First, they are all very friendly, especially the kids. You can’t pass anyone along the street without saying “Hola!” or “Buenos dias!” They can find fun in anything, from watching the “gringos” beat up on a rock, to playing with their homemade scooters. How many of our kids or grandkids would be happy with a toy like this?

Also, they are very industrious. Most people I saw were either sweeping their dirt front yard, washing clothes or dishes, cooking or preparing food, or some other chore. When I checked on the progress on Mrs. Amalia’s house, I was pleasantly surprised to see at least four of the family members helping out, including two of the kids.

This family is very needy and very deserving of a new house, but they are not sitting there watch it happen; they are actually helping it to happen! Helping folks in the name of Christ feels great, but helping those who will pitch in and do what they can to assist us feels even better!


2 thoughts on “Impressions of Santa Clara

  1. Tommy, I love the way we are seeing this great example of partnering with a common goal. To God be the glory!Still praying for you all,Roxanne and SamP.S. All the photos are great and indicate that you are probably having the best trip ever….esp. the one of Jerry working. I figured he would ‘road ride’ the trip away. Sam


  2. I loved the pictures of the children happy with the simple toys they invented and seeing the children participating in the building of their new home.It is encouraging to see the way that HAF is partnering with the people of Santa Clara in helping them to make their community a better place. May the work you are doing there in education, love and encouragement give these people HOPE that they can build a better world for their community. But may they never lose the ability to enjoy the simple pleasures of life.God Bless and God pour out his blessings on the children there as you plant seeds of promise.


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