At the end of August I visited our hospital in Oaxaca, Mexico. The purpose of my trip was to meet the new Executive Director and the board of directors; interview some of the staff, especially the social worker, and review the money that we sent to the hospital to pay for the medical attention that is given to the poorest of the poor. I also took advantage of my trip to visit the other programs we support that fulfill the mission statement of TASH, Inc.
- Puente, the nutritional program.
- CANICA, the school for street kids whose parents are street vendors.
- Cecilia Parish, whose small chapel we helped to enlarge because of the large number of people who have migrated to the area in the hope of a better life. The pastor is a great priest who does much to help the poor.
- Si Kanda, a new group we are helping that works with the people who live at the city dump and are facing serious health problems.
Dr. Charley Gates, one of the board members here in the states went with me. We were joined by Pete Noll, who is on our board, and is the Executive Director of Puente in Oaxaca, a non-profit that we support that works with farmers and their families concerning issues related to malnutrition and the use of amaranth. I recently introduced Pete to the readers of my newsletter.
As you might imagine, most of my time there was spent either in meetings or visiting some of the poor that we help. All of the meetings went well and we were able to accomplish the goals that we had set for the visit.
Eight days after our return, the State of Oaxaca was hit with an 8.2 earthquake, the worst in 100 years. The hospital received some minor damage, but the coast and mountains south of the hospital experienced tremendous damage and loss of life. The hospital is collecting funds and supplies to help those who lost everything. A mission trip with doctors and nurses will go and offer assistance.
Oaxaca is a very earthquake prone area. Buildings may only be two stories high. I credit our architect, who gave freely of his service, for designing the hospital to be as strong as possible.
Given the earthquake, your recent generous gifts have been a special blessing, thank you. Please continue to pray for the people of Oaxaca.
Remember, TO LOVE ANOTHER PERSON IS TO SEE THE FACE OF GOD.
God Bless You