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Stories of Our Children

Getting to know our (your) Cabo kids...

Christmas on Cabo Bay

- December 2020 -


    “Santa’s not coming,” 

Aurora told her daughter in Spanish inside their Cabo San Lucas home.

 “He’s got Covid.”


     But then YOU showed up.


     While COVID has limited our ability to help children in Cabo San Lucas, we have been able to continue on. And Sunday, Dec. 13 about 30 of our children and their families spent four hours out on Cabo San Lucas bay for our annual Christmas Party. 


      These children live on the poor side of Cabo, away from the tourists and their hotels. Few of the kids would have received anything this Christmas. 


     No new clothing. No toys. No electronic tablets or used cell phones, now necessary since all Mexican schools are physically closed throughout the country.


But many of you showed up, 

donating used and new cell phones

tablets and laptops, 

along with clothing and toys. 

Thank You !

     It may seem a little extravagant to hold a Christmas party for 50 people out on a boat. But with the generosity of our friends on the Jungle Boat (no, there isn’t a jungle in Cabo), relationships were built as we ventured together out onto the rough Pacific Ocean to look at whales, then back to the calmer confines of Cabo Sab Lucas bay for lunch and to open presents.


     So, while Covid has limited our ability to add new children (after some have moved away and others have dropped out of school), we continue  "loving on" our children and their families as they slowly grow up!

Pictured is Teresa holding is Angel Jonh. The middle name "Jonh" was their attempt to add my name (John) to his. Teresa and I are appreciative that his parents, Angel Sr. and Laura, would seek to honor our efforts with their family and other children and families on The Other Side of Cabo (the poor side of Cabo) as we seek to "love on them" (as we say in Tennessee) and encourage the kids to finish high school and learn English, two accomplishments that will help them escape poverty.

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Nothing like a new dress to bring a smile to a child on the poor side of Cabo San Lucas. Pictured is Teresa providing clothing donated by you to kids on The Other Side of Cabo from the back of our minivan in a dry wash that also serves

as a roadway.

Your Christmas gifts in transit!


     Each Christmas, the clothing and toys you provide for our 50 Cabo chidren are packed first in suitcases bound for Cabo.  Then they travel in our minivan to the boat on the bay, where we hold our Christmas party.

     We use these gifts of clothing and toys to begin our relationships. As time goes by, these offerings begin to build the trust necessary to believe that we really will be there to help them make it through high school, thus gaining the knowledge necessary to escape poverty.

     If you can make it to Cabo about the 3rd weekend of December (any year), come join us and meet the kids and their parents.




Distributing Jackets

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Kids in Cabo get cold when the temperatures drop into the 60s. Seriously! There's something that happens to the human body when you get used to warm weather, and then it turns "cold." Maybe not cold by Tennessee standards in January, but cold for the Cabo kids. Many wear their donated jackets to bed at night to stay warm. Jackets left at school by Murfreesboro children have been donated to the children of Cabo. 

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At the movies in Cabo with Brayan, Yuko and Marlon, along with our Murfreesboro crew (back l to r) John, Kelsey, Teresa, Sebastian, and Oscar (clowning in the front row). Watched Aladdin in Spanish. (John fell asleep in the theater.) Some of our Cabo kids had never been to a movie theater before we began getting to know them in 2015

Guitars...and hope for the future

For many American kids, a guitar at Christmas is a rock ‘n roll fantasy of stardom—a dream that will likely never be fulfilled. Often that Christmas guitar finds its way onto the floor of a closet and there it sits, perhaps for years.

And that’s okay—there’s lots of other ways American kids can build their life skills. But options are limited for Mexican children on the poor side of Cabo.

Talented Cabo guitar players can escape poverty by playing music for the tourists. They flock to the warm and relaxing beaches.

“La Bamba” is heard over and over in restaurants along the streets. Playing music for money was part of Josue’s dream. It “was” part of his dream. Josue’s guitar was stolen from his mother’s small store in the middle of the night this summer.

He was supposed to be protecting the store that night. Fifteen-year old Josue usually sleeps in his mom’s store—not in his family’s home. It’s his job to be in the store all night to keep anyone from breaking in to steal the snacks his mother tries to sell during the daytime. Josue would often play his guitar in the store at night—the guitar he received last Christmas from our mission, The Other Side of Cabo. (The accompanying photo shows the joy he found receiving the guitar last December 2018.)  But he was sick that week, fighting an infection, fever and bad cold. He stayed in his family’s home for three nights recovering, leaving the store locked but otherwise unsecured. It was then the thieves broke in, perhaps knowing that no one was there to guard the store that night.


“I still have the candy he gave me,” Teresa said the other day, sweets he brought from his mother’s store for her. “He’s a very good kid—very sweet, very kind.”


The end of this story is unknown. Josue just completed middle school and is enrolled in high school. And that’s wonderful! But will he have the endurance to finish high school? Or, will the priorities and pressures of being a teenager, along with the physical, survival needs of his family, take priority over school?


“He wants to continue studying,” Teresa related, who has spent many hours getting to know Josue’s family, because he wants a different kind of life, away from the dusty roads he grew up on.”  >

Our mission to Josue and others...

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 >  Our mission is to see Josue along with our other 50 children graduate from high school and learn English so each can greatly improve their chances of escaping poverty. We’re learning, however, that we must understand the financial and cultural pressures facing each child’s family to make this happen.


The difference between having a high school diploma—or not—is sort of like the difference between raising a family in a home built from concrete blocks or living under pallets, scrounged siding and cardboard. A high school diploma can make that difference, and

a solid home is a big deal when the occasional hurricane or tropical storm rains come to Cabo San Lucas.


Josue’s guitar was a gift donated by you—an American sponsor who sought to bring hope to him Christmas 2018. Each winter we provide our 50 children with a set of clothes and a present, giving each child with a bit of (again) hope and an understanding that this mission will bring good things into their lives if they will trust our commitment to them by staying in school and
learning English.


Did you know that “Esperar” in Spanish means two things: “to wait” and also ”to hope”? It’s beautiful—there is a Latin (Greek?) language connection between waiting and hoping. Through The Other Side of Cabo, we walk with Josue as we wait expectantly, hoping for a positive outcome from his life decisions.

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