28 December 1998 thru 4 January 1999
We have a long trip back to the U.S.,
some 2000 miles, through Central America and Mexico so we need
to start back soon. We have a ton of things on hold because of
this trip, but it was definitely worth it.
There have been a lot of experiences that Barbara and I have
had in the last weeks.
We have been here on a mission of mercy, representing our friends,
our families and business associates in California and Canada
doing what can be done to help relieve the sufferings of a natural
disaster. We have reflected a lot on our own lives.
How did we come to do this? Our stateside and new found friends
in Honduras and Nicaragua have asked us this question more than
once. We discussed this one evening and realized that it must
be in the way we were brought up. We are both so fortunate to
have come from loving and caring families.
During this whole mission to Central America, our loving parents
were there supporting us with constant communication. They gave
us that kind of support that only Moms' and Dads' can give, and
for Barbara's dad "Sam" he was definitely there in spirit.
For them, we honor and thank them for being the special souls
that they are, for giving us the kind of upbringing that causes
to look beyond "self". You are very special because
For other supporters of the flights and the Charity tree we could
not have done this without your contributions. Thank you for being
counted to help your fellow being in need. As the pastor I met
in Trujillo said while wiping away his happy tears upon arriving
with badly needed medical supplies, "you, your wife your
families and all the people who made this possible will certainly
go to Heaven".
This has all been a very moving experience for all of us and
we would like to tell you a big thanks from Barbara and myself.
It also goes beyond words to say the least, the great feelings
you experience when you go all out. Perhaps there is a lesson
in all of this.
We do know one thing, that we optimistically look forward to
1999 and wish happiness and success to each one of you.