Letters from the


From International

Samaritan President

Mike Tenbusch

Some Jamaica Sunshine

When we began asking our families to shelter in place two months ago, we didn’t know how they would do that in such close quarters.  When we told them we would get them the food and supplies they needed, we weren’t quite clear on how that would happen either.

Thank God, it’s all working out.  As just one example, when our high school scholars in Jamaica learned they couldn’t play the game of soccer that they love, they created a new game.  They call it Foot Volley, and it’s like soccer and volleyball put together, played by two people at a time with barrels between them to keep them six feet apart.

When strict shelter in place restrictions were lifted last weekend, our team leaders in Jamaica collected and distributed food to families.  If you watch this short video of them, you can almost feel the sun in it.

This Memorial Day weekend won’t be like any other in our lifetime, but I pray that your home is like those of our friends in Jamaica–that you have enough food on your table, and that you have a fun activity to do with a friend, even if you have to make it up.

Wow, Did You Show Up!

Just over a month ago, we asked you and 2,900 other people like you in the International Samaritan community across the world to give money during a time of economic uncertainty.   The dual threat of COVID-19 and of starvation hovered over 621 families of our scholarship students who were being asked to shelter in place.  We needed to raise $62,100 to cover their food, water and sanitation supplies costs for a month—a huge stretch goal for sure.

And, wow, did you come through!

More than 240 people have given $73,325 so far to completely cover these families through all of April and well into the month of May.  Your love means so much.  It has given peace and sustenance to people in perilous places.  Nobody wants to work in the dump right now, and nobody wants to let them for fear of what germs they may catch and spread.  You are helping them through this.

Thank you for reminding us all that we will get through this together.  I hope you enjoy this video of the impact you made possible.

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