Without a doubt one of our PAHS Family’s favorite destination is the Beach at Punta Sal. All year long the most anticipated trip among our children centers on this beautiful beach. The long-awaited moment finally arrived and Stephen planned and executed a fun vacation for the children who besides enjoying the beauty of nature also helped to build a new well for the beach property.
Laughter and more laughter could be heard for more than an hour at the campus dining hall, while our children enjoyed a presentation of “growing for Jesus” by a group who organized themselves in Argentina. Six members, each of a different nationality, made up this wonderful group called Bethlehem. We enjoyed your different works, which even though they were very funny had great Bible-based lessons. On behalf of our children, thank you very much for making us laugh and forget our problems!!!
Patty, Avis and Dinora, residents of our Girl’s Home arrived at Universidad Adventista de Centro America in Costa Rica ready to initiate classes as they seek degrees in Nursing and Education. We are so proud of these girls who have been busy working, studying and processing the paperwork necessary to go abroad to study. Pray for them!
Led by Stephan Gray, a group of 32 volunteers from Richardson Seventh-Day Adventist Church was welcomed back for the second time. In 2006 they poured the walls on the boy’s wing, and now they inaugurated that same wing by being the first to stay there after our Canadian friends plumbed it. They put in many sunny hours and a lot of muscle work lifting concrete all the way up to the 9 ft. level for the walls of what will be our new Children’s Hospital Ward. They even left us the funds to get the roof up. How exciting to see a new profile rising in the place where we were accustomed to see the old Children’s Hospital for 4 decades! They held a Vacation Bible School for neighborhood children and a devotional for our family in the evenings.
Our friends from the Midwest, including students from Sunnydale Academy, arrived ready to have fun with our children, put in bed and bathroom doors and install closets in the Boys’ Wing, and paint the home parent’s apartment. Members of the group also drilled the Pathfinders’ Club to prepare them to place well in matches at a national camporee next month. They give our club a boost each time they come. They ended their stay with a Pathfinders’ honors class and hosted a special meal for our children. They are part of the group who has done the biggest share of the construction of our children’s home – this was that teams 8th year, and we missed several members who didn’t make it this year. Our children have many lovely memories and feel a special love from their friends who keep returning.
A picture is worth more than a 1000 words in the cases of Wendy and Maria Suyapa! We never know which children might end up joining our family, but we have certainly come to cherish these two who came in about the same time in early 2008 and underwent such transformations! Both are exceptionally cheerful and loving. Special thanks to God for His healing power and to each of you who make this work possible!
The girls from our Home initiated the upstairs porch of their new Home on Valentine’s Day. They proudly found ways to raise funds of their own for this fun and thoughtful event, complete with food, comedy skits, Valentine’s Day “Radio” Messages and a marriage proposal. The event was shared by our Oakhurst friends and some neighbors from our community.
Mel was a plumber in Alberta, Canada, who learned about the difficult situation we had with the plumbing in the boy’s wing of the Children’s Home at a family reunion. He immediately expressed a desire to come down and help us. Two weeks later he was killed in a tragic accident. Twelve of his plumbing colleagues, friends, and family members got together to make his dream of service come true. Our new friends from Alberta, Canada departed today having accomplished their mission and more – for they had installed all the remaining plumbing in the center apartments for Mami Verlene and the Home Parents, as well as beautifully finishing off the bathrooms in the Boy’s Wing complete with tiling the shower stalls and floors. During their stay they brought a wonderful sense of camaraderie with nightly hymn-sings accompanied by guitars.
Gary Shipp and Leroy Corson were welcomed to our campus ready to start our next major building project The new and improved Nutritional Rehabilitation Hospital Facility. We are grateful to have this project get underway at last!
A group from several Missouri area churches arrived, led by Melvin and Milton Greenwood and Alan Blackford. The yearly visit of our extended “family” members is a wonderful boost to our construction efforts on the New Children’s Home. The group worked on finishing the walls with texture in the Boys wing of the new home.