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I’m so happy that I went on this trip. The joy that people have in Guatemala is incredible. It’s bittersweet: When I went to Guatemala and I was serving people, it was the happiest I’ve ever been in my life, and I don’t know if I’ll ever be that happy again.
Medical Missions like this allow you to come home and look at your own patients a different way. I think it’s very rewarding, both personally and professionally.
We did this exercise where we had to buy a week’s worth of groceries on $7, and it was absolutely eye-opening. It was really hard, and what I came up with wasn’t food that I wanted to eat. But that’s the reality for them. I get a Starbucks every morning that costs as much as their food for their whole family for the whole week.
Note: We are committed to respecting and uplifting our scholars. Due to some stories containing sensitive information, we redact or change the names of the scholars, their parents, their schools, and other details that could compromise their anonymity.
Hello, I am Emanuel. I am 20 years old.
When I was in my mother’s womb, she did not want me to be born, so she hit her belly and took medication to cause a miscarriage, but I was born anyway. However, I was so badly damaged that when I was born I had to be hospitalized for two years and I still have physical deformities. When I was young, my mother hit me a lot, and she didn’t take care of me. By the time I was three, I had to feed myself every day; by the time I was five, I was in charge of all the cooking and cleaning for the whole house.
When I was five, my mother finally left me. She changed her name and fled to the United States. Soon after my father left, too, to be with another woman that he was seeing. He left me on the doorstep of my mother’s old boss. I hoped that things would be better with her, but she also treated me badly. I remember that once she broke my head with a stone and put corn on my head so the birds and chickens would attack me. By the time I was six I wanted to die, and I began to plan how I could kill myself.
My aunt first started coming to see me on the weekends when I was seven years old. Until then, she had lived far away. Even though she couldn’t afford to keep me, she wanted me a lot. She did not hurt me and she took care of my injuries. She begged my dad’s parents to adopt me, and one day she finally convinced them to rescue me from the hell I was living. When she and my paternal grandparents arrived to bring me home, they found me all naked and dirty. That was the day that my life changed, when my grandparents legally adopted me. They were very nice to me: They took me to the doctor for my injuries, they bought me clothes and shoes, they cut my hair, and after two years of preparation they put me in school with other people my age.
We thought that I would have to stop attending school after sixth grade because it became too expensive, but when I was ready for high school, International Samaritan found me. They gave me the resources to continue schooling. Thank God for this program that has helped me, not only in study but also in moral and psychological ways. Little by little I have changed, because this program believes in the young people who benefit from it. Thanks to International Samaritan my dream to graduate has come true, and I now have the opportunity to go to university. My hope is to get a degree in auditing and form my own company. Finally, my future seems bright.
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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.
By Mike Tenbusch | June 19, 2020 One of my favorite scriptures is when Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal, slaughter, and destroy. I’ve come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” I can’t help but think of this image when I hear stories about how...
We have a unique community here at International Samaritan that is made up of 3,000 people across the United States and indeed across the world who have the heart of a Samaritan. We are instruments of change, and we are needed now more than ever. Our hearts grieve...
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...
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...
Just over a month ago, our team leaders in five nations began telling 621 families who have children in our scholarship program: Stop going to work. Stay home and stay safe. You have friends around the world who will pitch in to make sure you have the food and water...
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...
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