I haven’t written for awhile because Anita, the girls and I went to the United States for a month.  We hadDSC05862 not been there for four years, so we had a great time visiting family, going to a Giants game in San Francisco, Disneyland in L.A. and camping in the Rocky Mountains.  I loved driving on pot hole free roads and using free bathrooms that had toilet paper, toilet seats, hot water and paper towels.  I encountered no crazy taxi drivers, never heard a honking horn and saw no graffiti and little litter. These are things most Americans take for granted.   In Mexico these things are the exception.

But I am glad to be back at the Mission in Oaxaca.  Why?  Because, while we don’t have the best roads, nicest bathrooms or  cleanest cities, we do have, in my humble opinion, the finest people serving at the greatest Mission in the world.  The people serving at the Home for Needy Children in Oaxaca could work almost anywhere and make more money, if money was their priority, but it’s not.  Their priority is loving God with all their being, and loving their neighbors as they love themselves.  Their priority is helping the poorest of the poor in Mexico.  Their priority is bringing help, hope and love to the downcast, oppressed, abused and mistreated children of this poor land.

Now I am back with these fine people and enjoying seeing formerly sad children smile, discouraged little girls encouraged, angry little boys at peace, hungry teens well fed and losers at life’s sometimes vicious game, given another chance at happiness and contentment.

Of course, all of this is made possible by the grace of God, the prayers of the saints and the contributions of people who care.  Thank you God for people who care!

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