Letters from the
Last week I wrote to you about the pressing need for food and water for all 621 families we support around the world. Eighty-eight people have responded so far with a total of almost $30,000 in donations. This is amazing and beautiful to me, but it covers the cost of just less than half our families at $100 per family for a month. I’m writing to you now to ask those of you who can to help us get another 300 families covered.
Your support matters. In developing communities across the world, the lack of work and food caused by government ordered shutdowns is causing unrest and uncertainty because of how many people survive daily in the informal economies. We have assured the 621 families in the International Samaritan community that this is not a fear that they need to face, and our teams in each nation are making good on that promise, delivering supplies to them at regular intervals. Please help us and them by CLICKING HERE to support one or more families at $100 per month per family.
To get a sense of how much your gift matters, please see the clear relief evident in the smiles of families in Honduras who received their supplies over the last couple weeks.
The video above was created and narrated by Juan David, a high school student in our scholarship program. Some of you may be familiar with his name because he did an interview with us in 2017, which we’ve included below. Fourteen years ago, Juan David was abandoned by his mother in the garbage dump outside of San Pedro Sula shortly after she gave birth to him there. A helpless infant, he faced certain death within hours, but for a few Samaritans who saw him and ran to the village to find someone who would care for him. An angel named Rosa stepped forward, and she has been the only mother he has ever known to this day. Their family has had food on the table, and Juan David has had a good school to attend, because of Samaritans like you who have financially supported our mission through the years.
There are more than 300 families who still need support in this very vulnerable time. Please help them by CLICKING HERE to learn more or to donate today via the button below.
Over the past year, I’ve written this reflection 22 times, and I’ve never written with as heavy of a heart as I do now. The Coronavirus has spread across the world and through entire cities like New York and Detroit so quickly and so devastatingly, I shudder to think what would happen if it spread to the communities in other nations in which we have worked and built friendships over the last 26 years.
I am writing to you now to ask you to help our families so that they don’t have to choose between the risk of getting the disease by going to work in the dump and the risk of starvation by staying at home.
As many of you know from travelling with us or hearing about those travels from others, the homes of our families are often right next to each other. The room you are reading this in right now is quite likely to be larger than their home. There is rarely safe water to drink or to wash in. Latrines are often filthy and shared. Food is infrequently on hand for more than a few days at a time.
As difficult as shelter in place has been on the American economy, in the communities in which we serve not going to work could mean starving to death. There is no safety net for them.
For these reasons, our leaders in each nation have been working on solutions, and they have created plans in each community to get food, water and sanitation supplies to each of the 621 families of our 705 scholarship students in the safest way possible. The average cost in each nation for a month of food, water and sanitation supplies is $100.
Will you please help cover the cost of at least one family for at least one month with a $100 donation today? You can do so by clicking here. You can also read about our progress in each community or restrict your donation to the nation most on your heart.
Our goal is to get all 621 families in five nations covered by Good Friday on Friday, April 10.
If you would like to give but can’t because of the current conditions, can you please forward this email to a friend or two who can? I have never asked you this before and don’t ever intend to ask it again, but the nature of this request is so important I’m asking for your understanding and help in getting this urgent need met.
Thank you so much for your help in advance, and please know that we have a praying team of donors, volunteers and staff members who keep you as part of the International Samaritan family in our prayers.
Last week I wrote to you about the pressing need for food and water for all 621 families we support around the world. Eighty-eight people have responded so far with a total of almost $30,000 in donations. This is amazing and beautiful to me, but it covers the cost of...
Over the past year, I’ve written this reflection 22 times, and I’ve never written with as heavy of a heart as I do now. The Coronavirus has spread across the world and through entire cities like New York and Detroit so quickly and so devastatingly, I shudder to think...
Every two weeks, I send this email to reflect on challenges and victories in our mission together. Today I thought it would be helpful to simply send updates on how each nation is doing in our shared goal of defeating the Coronavirus. Ethiopia Ethiopia, like most...
“We would get to the dump at 4:00 in the morning to get food to eat.” We hear this frequently when talking to families in the garbage dump communities. Invariably, they say this as a simple matter of fact, much like we might say, “I leave the house at 7:00 in the...
Our team gathered recently for a two-day retreat to update our strategic plan. One of the questions we were trying to answer is what we should do in Costa Rica and smaller communities in Guatemala where we have been sending student immersion teams but do not have...
The death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others last Sunday stunned me, as it did the world. As I read and watched the stories about his legacy over this past week, what struck me most is that he went to Mass at 7:00 on Sunday morning, shortly before boarding...
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