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A Special Announcement, May 2014

May 15, 2014

Dear Friends,


Some Important News


I was talking to my sister the other day and I was complaining about the weather. “It’s been so hot here,” I said “Over 102 today!”  “Wow,” she responded. “We had a beautiful day – up to 70 today. But it is supposed to snow tonight.” And it did! That is the way it was on April 14th in Michigan and Mexico! I hope it’s different now.


Our world is so special. And so are we! Constantly changing. I hope for the better.


In this Spring Newsletter, I will be announcing some changes. I believe they are for the better.


They involve ME and YOU.

announcement1Numero Uno – ME. Beginning next year, January 1, 2015, I will turn over much of the operational aspect of Maya Indian Missions in Mexico to the Mexicans: Pastora Millan, Administrator, Patricia Tamayo,Project Coordinator, and Monica Alvarez, Director of our Community Center education programs in Sierra Papacal and Cosgaya.


We have been moving in this direction for the last five years. I will continue as President of the Board of Directors in the United States and will still be responsible for promotion (fundraising).

Our leaders are prepared to carry on the work here. I honestly believe this is the way we can be sure that what has begun can continue for the foreseeable future. Plus I look forward to sitting back a little and enjoying the fruits of my labors from the last 30 years.



Numero Dos- this involves YOU.

This last year there have been many changes in parishes which I have visited in the past. Oftentimes the new pastor does not know me, or does not want me back. I know that may be hard to imagine, but that is the way it is! I also know that many people look forward to my return each year. So, what do I do? What can YOU do?


Here is an idea. I have thought for a long time of setting up small groups (let’s call them “Friends of the Maya”) which I could visit once a year. It would be an opportunity for me to connect with people who have supported our work. I could give an update on what is happening in Mexico. You would have some time to ask about the Maya Missions. It might even be fun!


Actually this is not a totally new idea. Over the years, individuals and groups have set up meetings in their own homes or in larger communities like Bowling Green and Milan Ohio, Sonora California, and even North Carolina. I would be happy to visit “Friends of the Maya” in Florida (especially in the winter months), Northern Detroit area (NOT in the winter months), Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Washington DC (I will have to think twice about going THERE in the summer), the Outer Banks, the Inner Banks, California – especially California, or anyplace else.


What I need now is to know if YOU would be willing to host such a meeting – either with one or two other people in the larger communities, or by yourself, in your own home, for a few friends.


If you are willing to help make more “Friends of the Maya”, please complete the form by clicking this link.


I will take it from there. Maya Missions will announce the meeting, and take care of any costs.


Latest on what is happening with the Maya Missions…

I believe you know that we have over 110 young men and women who receive scholarships so they can continue their education. The program has been around for more than 20 years. Our first alum is now a lawyer in Playa del Carmen. Most of our students find jobs in Merida and continue to live in Komchen or their home village.


announcement2The young man in this picture, José Felipe Pech Mena, did not major in Clown School. He is studying engineering and hopes to graduate in two years. We ask each of our scholarship students to do service work for the community. José meets with younger students each week and helps them with mathematics -so they can do better in school and so they won’t have to join the local circus.


Every two months, we have an input session for all of our scholarship students. Last month, a psychologist invited each of our young adults to think about their futures – what they wanted to be, where they wanted to live, etc. One young man, Gener Bladimir, from Dzytia, wants to go to Moscow where he will enroll in the Conservatory of Music and where he will compose two symphonies.


I couldn’t believe it. When I was his age, I didn’t even know where Moscow was. I still can’t read or write music. I mean these are kids from Komchen, Cosgaya, Sierra Papacal, Noc-ac, Dzitya – little pueblos – where most people still live in one room homes!


The psychologist went on to ask about our students’ families – how many of their moms and dads had completed grade school – about half; how many had completed secondary school – none! Zero!


These young people are studying for masters degrees and their parents didn’t finish the 9th grade.


I couldn’t believe it. In less and one generation, the world has changed so much.


More than 1,500 young people from our villages have received scholarships in the last 20 years. They have done thousands of hours of service. Our world is changing for the better. You can be proud of these young people. I am proud of them and grateful to you.


More and more young people are asking for our help. You can sponsor a student or help with a donation.


Papa Francisco (Pope Francis) in his Easter Address reminded us what it is all about: “The Good News is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love: it is about leaving ourselves behind and encountering others, being close to those crushed by life’s troubles, sharing with the needy.”


Thanks for making Easter real.


Paz y amor.



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