Our friend Kristen Miller of Seattle Washington brought a small group of people from different places to enjoy the Easter Vacation with the Caring Hearts Children. They also painted at the local VoTech school that helps us, ministered to shut ins and visited the dump. Amy from group is a professional photographer and took some great pictures. I will be sharing them with you the next few days and will also have some testimonies from the group soon. Enjoy and be blessed!
For our last field trip of this Easter Vacation, we took the kids to see the Team Work Athletic Apparel factory in San Luis. The friendly staff gave us an excellent tour of the facilities and blessed us with lunch and a gift of athletic clothes. If you are ever in the need for athletic uniforms, check them out at http://www.teamworkathletic.com. You would be helping the economy of San Luis when you buy from them. Thanks to Patty for organizing the trips, and the staff of Team Work for taking good care of us. Here are some pictures:
Yesterday we were able to take the children of Caring Hearts to the Onion King Vegetable Packing plant, which is owned and run by the Bustamante family. They were very welcoming and were prepared to share about all they do with the children. For hygiene reasons we couldn't get too close to the actual packing plant, but their explanations and brief view we did have was fantastic. They also provided a pizza lunch and a box of onions for the orphanage, and will be donating vegetables to us from now on. Thanks to Patty for organizing the event, Kristen Millers group for helping us with the kids and the Bustamante Family for opening their doors to us. Here are some pictures:
In this the last week of Easter vacation for the kids, we are taking them to different factories in town for a fun and educational experience. Yesterday we took them to Optech. Optech is dedicated to refurbishing used cable boxes. They gave us a very nice tour and provided a light lunch. We couldn't take pictures inside of the process, but the children had complete access and saw how everything works. Thanks to Patty for getting it all organized, to Optech for opening their doors, and Kristen Miller's group for helping us with the kids.
We said goodbye to Antonio last week, who has been with Caring Hearts since he was 4 years old. He will be working with his brother in law in a Soda Bottling plant. When Juana and I arrived to San Luis, Luis was 10 years old and had never gone to school. He did not know how to read. My wife spent time teaching him and getting him caught up to his age. We then worked with his mother and were able to register him so he could attend school. He did well ever since. When he was 13 he moved to the boys home where he spent the last 5 years. He is quiet, pensive, and responsible. We think he will have success as he heads out into the world. He has also been involved in ministry and is leaving Caring Hearts a Christian young man dedicated to the Lord.
Papa Harold wanted to bless the members of the Caring Hearts Church this Easter. Eggs were too small and fragile, so he decided to give entire chickens! Here are some pictures of us blessing our church with this special gift from Harold McKamish.