Letters from the

PRESIDENT

From International

Samaritan President

Mike Tenbusch

Why Angelica Runs

By Mike Tenbusch | September 29, 2020

For over 12 years now, Angelica Cancinos has been the conscience of our work through her leadership of our Paso a Paso scholarship program in Guatemala.  I met with her in Guatemala before taking this position, and the power of her faith in action confirmed for me that this is the mission I want to wake up and serve every day.  Like thousands of students from the United States who have traveled with us to work in Guatemala, I was inspired and challenged by Angelica’s conviction that Christ calls us to do more and be more. 

When we launched the IntSam Global 5K to raise money for tablets for our scholarship students, it shouldn’t have surprised me at all that Angelica would throw herself into running it, despite not having run in years.  She walks the walk, and she is going to run this race.

Angelica is running because she believes we should allow ourselves to be stretched.  

In the past few weeks, over 300 people across the world have committed to run this race with her, including teams of students from every one of our scholarship nations.

Will you please support one of their teams financially?  Quite honestly, they could use a financial boost.  Of course, we’d love for you to run with us too.  You can do either by clicking here.

Please keep in mind that 100% of all donations made will go directly toward purchasing tablets for 465 students in developing nations to be able to stay in school and learn remotely from home including  64 young people in technical school in Guatemala whom Angelica has been mentoring and challenging to do more and be more for years.  Please help her run this race.  

Why He Walks

By Mike Tenbusch | September 24, 2020

Last week I shared a reflection on life from one of our scholars to give you inspiration for why we are running the IntSamGlobal5k.  You may have been thinking, “That’s great for them, but there’s no way I’m going to be able to run that.”

If that’s you, Fr. Frank Canfield, SJ, has some encouragement for you.  A revered spiritual mentor to thousands of young men at U of D Jesuit, St. John’s Jesuit and St. Ignatius, he’s traveled to Nicaragua with us in the past, and now he’s walking a mile to raise money for tablets for 20 students.  Here’s why:

Last week a team of Cubs from U of D Jesuit High School in Detroit have begun to support his cause after receiving this pep talk from Fr. Canfield on Facebook:

After I finished filming Father in that video he said to me, “Michael, tell them that if they are in their 60’s, 70’s or 80’s, there will be pain.  Let them know that I’m here for them to know, ‘You will make it through.’”

Across the world and here in the U.S., we are in the midst of painful, tumultuous times.  But we will make it through—together.  

Help us come together by supporting Fr. Canfield’s team, a team of scholars from one of our nations, or one of the many teams from Regis Jesuit in Denver.  You can also sign up to walk, run, join a team or start your own team by visiting our race page at www.IntSamGlobal5k.org (or support Fr. Frank’s team directly by following this link).

You can change the life of a student struggling to stay in school from home by walking a mile and helping her get a tablet to succeed.

Why Angelica Runs

By Mike Tenbusch | September 29, 2020 For over 12 years now, Angelica Cancinos has been the conscience of our work through her leadership of our Paso a Paso scholarship program in Guatemala.  I met with her in Guatemala before taking this position, and the power of...

Why He Walks

By Mike Tenbusch | September 24, 2020 Last week I shared a reflection on life from one of our scholars to give you inspiration for why we are running the IntSamGlobal5k.  You may have been thinking, “That’s great for them, but there’s no way I’m going to be able...

Why We Run

By Mike Tenbusch | September 2, 2020 I was stunned last week when Selam Terefe sent me the winning entry of the essay contest she organized for our scholars in Ethiopia.  Azeb (pictured above), one of our 9th grade scholarship students, wrote: What is the Perfect...

A Race for Karen and You

By Mike Tenbusch | August 26, 2020 Ever since the pandemic hit in March, our board has committed to ensuring that no family in any one of the nine communities in which we work in five nations will go hungry.  The International Samaritan community worldwide has helped...

A Fight for Water and Life

By Mike Tenbusch | July 24, 2020 Ethiopia has been in a battle of biblical proportions over the last few weeks.  I’m writing you about it to ask that you keep our team, scholarship students and families close in your prayers.Hachalu Hundessa, a much loved singer and...

Run Your Race

By Mike Tenbusch | July 09, 2020 On a frigid, November morning in 1984, butterflies swarmed through my stomach as I lined up with 80 other boys in nylon shorts and tank tops waiting for the gun to sound and the Cross Country State Championship race to begin.  I was...

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