My greetings to you
this year come from Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. In June my family and I moved
to Croatia and I am now managing St. David's from this side of the world. Many
factors figured in our decision to uproot from America and establish ourselves
here. Firstly, much prayer, discernment and advice was offered. In the end, as
a family we felt we were to move. Once the decision was made, events confirmed
that we were on the right path. I negotiated the sale of my business and one day
after we placed our house on the market it sold. Within a week we liquidated most
all of our American interest and now are established in Croatia.
years, management of the Foundation was based in America. Now, first hand, we
will be able to witness the fruits of the assistance that you so generously continue
to provide. I am blessed and excited to be on this side of St. David's operations.
we have strengthened our relationship with the Franciscans and their humanitarian
organization, Medjugorje-Mir. Sharing offices, we meet daily to discuss present
and future needs that will more efficiently provide programs of assistance to
this recovering region.
In light of the September 11 attack on America,
St. David's suffered a decline in both material and monetary donations throughout
2002. This reduction was understandable. Out of respect, we elected not to make
any monetary appeals to our donors for over a year. America needed time to heal
and recover. Nevertheless, we persisted with our mission and were able to deliver
over $750,000.00 in aid this year through November.
Our plans for 2003
are to continue providing material aid from America and keep our Baby Feeding
Program as top priorities. In June, we will resume the Work Camp Program and invite
all to join us in Bosnia-Herzegovina for this memorable and worthy experience.
A new program of assistance, Light A Home , has been established to bring electricity
to the homes of returning refugees. Our first challenge is 25 homes.
forward, I am energized about 2003. When one witnesses the need of the people
it inspires you with ideas, prayers and a stronger will to do all that you can
to make a positive difference in the lives of the less fortunate. Being here,
I see there is much work ahead for St. David's.
We need your help.
God bless you and your families,