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Market Place Missions - Sonshine Hacienda Newsletter

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November 7, 2017, 6:42 PM

FALL 2017 - When Dreams Become Reality

If you follow us on Facebook, you know our biggest news lately has been the building of a new dining room. This plan has been in the works for over a year, ever since DIF told us that they would be closing down casa hogars in surrounding areas and wanted to start bringing us more children. We have beds for 50 children, but currently only have one great room that serves as our dining room, homework area, play room, TV room and entertaining space for large groups. Obviously we need more space if we are going to increase in number by 20-30 children!

The building project moved from an idea to reality on the first of October. A group from Washington state, led by former Sonshine Hacienda staff member Paul Korneliussen, arrived to begin demolition. A space that originally housed our laundry, and was later turned into a pantry, was gutted and the walls removed. Paul and his team, which included Don and Jay, also from Washington, did the important work of preparing the area, laying out a foundation and framing the walls that will hold our new room together.

After a week of work, the Washingtonians passed the (literal and proverbial) hammer off to a group from Colorado, which included Pastor Guy, Richard, Norman, and our dear friend Phil Varnak, who divides his time between Colorado and San Felipe. With the groundwork laid by the Washington group, progress became quickly visible as walls, a roof, windows and doors formed our new dining room within the week. Materials were a little short, however. The guys hated to leave with just a foot of roofing to go, but Phil and Sonshine Hacienda missionary Rand Ubry-Terrell promised to complete the work.

In the week to come, Phil and Rand not only finished the roof, but added in electric, plumbing and insulation. Phil recruited some members of his men’s group and they came to put up the drywall. A local contractor then came to put up sheetrock and lay tile.

We still have work to do, but we are thrilled by our progress and by the many hands that came together in love to work on this project alongside of us!

READ MORE in our latest newsletter: FALL 2017 

August 25, 2017, 3:30 PM

We Couldn't Do It Without You!

We do our best to make plans and follow through, to keep you updated about our needs and invite you to celebrate our victories, but every day seems to bring new challenges, blessings and adventure so that it’s hard to keep up with it all. But one thing is for sure… none of this would be possible without you! We thank all of you for your faithfulness to pray for and support Sonshine Hacienda in the unique way that God has specifically called you. Whether it is through financial donations or through prayer, school supplies or clothing, sharing the newsletter or coming to visit, every one of you is making a difference in the lives of the children entrusted to our care. GRACIAS! THANK YOU!

June 29, 2017, 12:24 PM

May-June 2017

Another Sonshine Miracle

Many of you know and love our children, Christian and Nidia, and no one was more excited than they were to meet their baby sister Maria Milagrosa. (Milagrosa is Spanish for Miracle.) “Milly” joined our family on June 20 and we all fell instantly in love! She is 8-months-old and loves to roll over and blow raspberries. We guarantee she will win you over with her toothy grin!


Read more of the latest in our May-June Newsletter:


April 30, 2017, 8:26 PM

April 2017 - Celebrations and Updates

Dia Del Niño

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." –Matthew 9:14

On April 30, we celebrated "Del Dia Del Niño", the Day of the Child. This is a day to honor the inherent rights that all children have. It is why Sonshine Hacienda exists -- because we believe that all children have a right to life, health, education, affection, protection and a safe, positive, nurturing home free from violence, drugs or abuse of any kind. 

Traditionally on Del Dia Del Niño, children wear new outfits, break piñatas, eat cake and similar festivities. Thanks to the help of friends, our children got to do all of these! Last week, the Padrinos ("godparents" who work in the community) visited, bringing along gifts of new clothes and shoes that the kids could wear on the 30th of April, and a piñata brimming with candy. And thanks to Bob and Gloria Mater, local friends who provide us with a birthday cake on the last day of every month, we also had a huge dessert to share. 

Sonshine Hacienda would not exist without all of you. Your support, your prayers, your gifts, your hearts enable those of us who are "on the ground" to be your hands and feet, ensuring that every day is a day that honors the rights of these children.

Read more in our complete April 2017 Newsletter.


March 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

March 2017 - Spring News & Updates

March has been quite a busy month for us at Sonshine Hacienda!

In order to update our certification as a Casa Hogar, we have to meet several requirements. We completed the updates begun last month to make our first-floor wheelchair accessible. In addition, a week was spent updating and weatherproofing our electrical system. Several of our staff members have made trips to Mexicali for day and week-long classes, ranging from administrative instruction to health and sanitation in the kitchen. We’ve added new signage and installed security guards on all of our windows. We have passed all of our inspections so far, and have just one more inspection to pass before our certification is complete!

Read more by viewing our complete March 2017 Newsletter.


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