We were hunting doves with Wayne, a minister from a Dallas Baptist church, and all his friends some days ago. The second day while I was scouting for doves I stopped at School “9 de Julio” to talk with some of the neighbors about some doves fields in northern Cordoba. The school is located in the hills area, about 10 miles down the gravel road from road number 9.
The land owners in this area have an average of about 200 acres each. They had a special request for us. They needed a gate, a wooden post and some help for the school. We thought it would be a good way to help them, and for that reason we invited Mr. Oscar, a gaucho from the area, to join us for lunch the following day.
Yes, you guessed it. Wayne and his friends were happy to meet Oscar and talked to him, with some help from translators. Wayne knew what was going on in a minute, and had a great idea. He said: “We will help the school”. On the third day, on the way to our hunting field, we showed Lisle, Jim, Sam, Barry and John the school named 9 de julio. We explained the situation to them, and they all agreed that it would be very nice to help them with a donation. So, everyone put in around $100 bucks, and we had a budget to help.
Our guests finished hunting on a Sunday, but because Wayne had been invited to stay 2 more days with me we agreed to go together on the following Monday to help Oscar and the neighbors at the school. (Please check the pictures below)
We bought pencils, rubbers, colors, papers, all kind of materials for studying. We also bought different elements for cleaning, tons of toilet paper, soap, and other needed items. We bought a nice soccer ball and some shirts for the kids, and of course we bought the wooden gate and the post.
On Monday Oscar was waiting for us with some parents and we all enjoyed setting the gate and giving the kids the ball and Real Madrid Shirts. We also played soccer all together and enjoyed camaraderie.
It was nice to have a big asado (lunch) all together. We share a dream. Wayne was both surprised and satisfied with the experience, but said he would have preferred to work harder and give more to the school. He told me of his plan. He would love to come and do a few days hunting in combination with three days of hard work helping one small community have some of their needs met. The idea sounds good, and we believe we are already headed in the right direction.
We stopped at a second school. We gave away a Real Madrid Soccer shirt to one of the kids as a gift for his merit and efforts toward success. This was very important. We had made a promise months before that we would return and honor the one who had worked the hardest. Two days later we received a letter from the teacher, Rosa, saying thank you for giving the kids a great day, and for supporting them. That was a very nice feeling. When you do something for someone that really needs it, not expecting anything in return, there is a unique, good feeling. Actions like this help us be better persons.
The best part of this experience was how our Pointer team helped. They took their free day to join us and help. They were so happy at the end of the day. They said it would be great to do it more often. We are happy to share this experience with you.
We hope you have enjoyed it. We hope you will be the next one.