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Maya Monthly October 2015

Oct 08, 2015

We DO make a difference!


Dear Friends of the Maya,


His nickname is “Chino”. I ran into him the other day when I was visiting Cosgaya. That’s a small village in the Yucatan where I have been working for more than 30 years. We built a Community Center there three years ago. Maru, one of our previous scholarship students, runs the after school program for 30 kids. One of her worst students is Guillermo. Guess whom he is named after? I always stop by to make sure little ole Guillermo isn’t in jail yet.


2015 Oct cI will get to “el chino” in a minute. After stopping at the Community Center I wanted to see Victor. He runs a small hardware store. You might call it a junk shop, but you would be wrong. It just looks like a junk shop. Victor has everything that Home Depot has – just harder to find and much cheaper! But I wasn’t looking for hardware. I was complaining about my bomba (water pump) and the electricity which was going up and down every couple of minutes.


And Victor, the proprietor of Cosgaya Home Depot, was giving me advice! A rather heavy set middle aged man had just come into his store. “This is “Chino”, Victor said. “He is a Plumber and an Electrician.” Just the guy I needed and was looking for.


I don’t remember “Chino’s “real name. Everyone in the village has a nickname and they know who is who. “Chino” got his nickname because he is short like a Chinaman. He also has slanted eyes like the Chinese do. Some Maya even have a red birthmark on their hip called a Mongolian mark. I don’t know if “Chino” has one of those or not and I am not about to check!


Chino’s Story: Grateful to Maya Indian Missions

2015 Oct  a2015 Oct bChino hopped into my car and then I remembered. I had celebrated his wedding 20 years ago. On our way to repair my bomba and electricity, he told me his story. He had almost gone blind and had to quit working a few years ago. Our Visantina Program, which helps the people in each village who have emergency needs, gave him money to go to the Doctor. It took a couple of years, but now he can see and he is back at work.


His daughter, Sandy, wanted to go to College and study Engineering. No way could the family afford that. Maya Missions gave her a scholarship. She will graduate in another year! The story gets better. Emma helps in the library program we run on Saturday mornings so that other kids in the village can learn to read and maybe become engineers themselves.


Sometimes I wonder if we are making a difference. Then along comes Chino, and Victor, and Mauru and Sandy and even little ole Guillermo. And people like you, who help us make a difference.


May God Bless us all!


GRACIAS. (p.s. The bomba and electricity are working fine.)


Paz y amor,



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