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Meet Christopher and Diego. These brothers are a part of the De Santiago family who are fruit from Pastor Oscar Galvan's ministry. Christopher has put our small school on the map for scoring among the highest in the nation on achievement tests. He first scored high in our city, then went to our state capitol and was tested again. Christopher has won a scholarship, a laptop, and will be flown, with other students, to the nations capitol in a government jet to meet the president. His teacher is Griselda, his mother and our elementary school teacher.
This is our children's choir. Sister Griselda is our director and does a great job. Many of
these children come from rough situations and singing in the choir is something they love.
Meet Marcial. I love and respect this great man. Marcial suffered from polio when he was a child and his legs are twisted and stunted. He walks with a walker with much pain. He also suffers from bronchitis. I don't know how he can do it but he makes his living as a sheepherder. He sleeps on an old sofa outdoors. He is clean, inside and out, cheerful and positive and is an encouragement to me. Marcial trusted the Lord as his Savior and followed Lord in Baptism almost 6 years ago and has been very faithful.
Meet Ramon on the right. Our people love footraces. Ramon is our fastest runner. Ramon and his wife just lost their unborn baby and Lupita is resting at her parents home near the ocean. This young couple have servants hearts and are soul-winners. They have a van route into 7 rural Indian villages and are a blessing to many.
Meet Margot and Chuy. Chuy graduated from our Bible Institute the end of May. He had trusted the Lord as his Savior a short time before entering the Institute and had a rough beginning but soon leveled out into a good student and Christian servant. Margot is a product of the bus route that he captains and it was almost love at first sight. Brittany Fortner, an American student in our Institute, led Margot to the Lord. We will celebrate their wedding in November. They currently serve in a number of areas and once married will be our dorm parents for the girls and Chuy will teach in the High School. To the right is Chuy's father who has also trusted Christ.
Meet Claribel, Susana and Karlita. Markie and Christy received these children into the orphanage almost two years ago. I cannot go into the details of all the things that they have suffered because I don't know who may read this. Their Godly grandmother, who is in bad health, took them in and was able to get them to us. In spite of all that they have been through, you will not meet any children who are more cheerful.
Meet Trinidad. Trini is a gentleman and is one of our hardest working members. He is faithful to all of our services. He comes two days a week with his axe and machete to clear brush and trees to make our land usable. All that we give him is a meal. He is one of the workers that helped start the new Church in Alamos where he is a part all of the activities. Trini was reached by Liz Shafer, a Pastor's daughter from Maryland who went through our Bible Institute. Trini had been a policeman. He was very aggressive and corrupt. His nickname was "El Tigre", The Tiger. In a gun battle he was shot in the head and was in a coma for over a month. During that time he lost everything including his family. When Liz met him he was open, he came, trusted the Lord as his Savior, followed the Lord in Baptism and has been faithful for 7 years. I am proud to be Trini's Pastor.
Meet Jorge and Erika, they have been married 2 years and have an 8 month old son. Mike won Jorge to the Lord 8 years ago when Jorge was 15. Erika's father, Pastor Ismael, was the first person I won to the Lord 27 years ago when we moved to the Mayo River Valley. Erika serves in the orphanage and Jorge has a van route to bring handicapped people to Sunday School. They are dear to our hearts!
Meet Jesus, Maria, Anel, Paola, and Jazmin with their grandmother Yolanda. We were able to reach these children through our bus ministry. After they began coming to Church, Social Services contacted Markie to ask if we could accept them into the orphanage. The mother had left and the children were split up living in different places and at risk. They are a blessing to us. All have trusted the Lord as their Savior and have followed the Lord in baptism. Through their prayers and testimony they have begun to win their family to the Lord. I took this picture yesterday, a week after their grandmother followed the Lord in Believer’s Baptism. Please pray that the Lord will continue to protect and use them.