As the festive season approaches and the year draws to an end, we always try and reflect over the year and give thanks for all our blessings. Alan and I are always extremely thankful to our many supporters and volunteers, without whom we would not be able to run Misión México. However, this year we would like to give a personal and public thank you to one person in particular who has been a very special part of our Misión México family for the last 8 years.
In 2006 The Australian Women’s Weekly magazine ran a story about the work Alan and I were doing with abandoned, abused and neglected children in the Mexican border town of Tapachula, Chiapas.
This story was in the same edition as the story of the tragic loss of the crocodile legend, Steve Irwin. The October 2006 edition of the magazine was a sellout due to this sad story. It is always sad when someone benefits because of someone else’s misfortune, though this was not our intention, it did mean that our story was read by many more people than expected. We had actually given up hope of ever getting our story published in the magazine, as it was over 18 months since we were interviewed, but as always, it was God’s perfect timing.
One of the people who read that article was a beautiful Scottish lady living in Australia, who followed up in 2007 by volunteering at the refuge for five months. Since then and up until recently Deborah Grossman had been fully involved with Misión México. She became the backbone of the refuge and not only volunteered on-site, but also worked from Australia and the U.K. in numerous areas, including revamping the website, establishing and concreting sponsorships, finding grants and business support, and connecting us to a network of people who to this day continue to support the children of Misión México. She herself became Sammy’s Education Sponsor a number of years ago, helping us to ensure he receives a good education.
In 2012 Deborah blessed us further by being the driving force behind Misión México U.K, a registered U.K charity which allowed Deborah to grow our supporter base, volunteer network and funding streams across the U.K. Once an area of the world where we had limited connections, we now have business sponsors, individual donors, schools and universities all raising funds and awareness for our children. Misión México U.K also has a talented Board of Trustees who all do a fantastic job for us under Deborah’s leadership as Chairman of the Board.
The work that Deborah has done was from the heart, she had a passion; a passion to help those less fortunate, and she seriously went beyond the ‘call of duty’! It is without doubt that Misión México would not be where it is today had Deborah not come onboard. The love, enthusiasm, hard work and dedication of this amazing woman was outstanding.
Deborah has recently retired from ‘active service on the front line’ for Misión México and will be greatly missed. It was not without tears on our part, and also Deborah’s, to accept her resignation. She will continue her role as Chairman of the UK Board, and will always be part of our large family.
Thank you Debs for everything that you have done for the children of Misión México, but also, thank you for your love, friendship and compassion.
We want you to know that we love and appreciate you and wish you well in your new adventure. And I am sure that many people all over the world will be wishing you the same. Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year to all!
Love Pam & Alan Skuse, and all the kids at Mision Mexico
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.