Rodney is back in Argentina!

Feb 4, 2015   //   by admin   //   Rodney's Blog  //  3 Comments

After a gap of some 14 months I’m back in Argentina, more specifically in Santiago del Estero where the work of Esperanza is carried out. I have come from temperatures of 2 degrees in the UK to 40 degrees and more here, at my final destination!!! At 8.00 a.m. the daily temperature is already in the upper 20’s!!

I left London Heathrow on Thursday, 29th January one hour late but much of that lateness was recuperated durnig the flight across the Atlantic and we arrived in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires just 30 minutes late, not too bad for a journey of more than 7,000 miles! The journey itself was spectacular and most comfortable not least because of travelling in Club World class on the aircraft, thanks my very dear friend, “sobrina” Elaine who was also on board with her fiancee travelling to Buenos Aires.

In Buenos Aires we walked around a large area of the city in great weather conditions, stopped and enjoyed cool drinks when necessary whilst watching the world go by. Then I had to say goodbye to them as my usual taxi arrived, chauffered by Angie Doukatas, to take me to Retiro, the Bus Station where I boarded a TransferLine coach to take me on the 12-hour overnight journey to Santiago del Estero. Another very good non-stop journey with great comfort and services on board arriving on Saturday morning at 9.30 a.m. local time at my final destination. Waiting to welcome me on arrival were David, my eldest son, Jorge Salum, our local Esperanza representative and Roberto and Maria Groppa volunteer workers.

I am now on my 5th day here and life has been rather busy, not to mention the wide number of invites I have already received to dine with friends either at their homes or in local restaurants. Discussions about needy projects have also been mentioned to me but more details of these will emerge in my understandings when I can meet privately with such individuals to listen to what they have in mind about such possible requests.

I have also had great delight in savouring, for those already familiar with the well known local cafeteria Fini, “cortados” (delicious coffee) served with medialunas saladas (croissants) prior to starting my morning activities!!!!

Well, this is all for now and hopefully before long I will give more detailed Blogs, with possible pictures of what is going on here throughout my stay in this province where I was born many years ago and more importantly where Alfred Furniss, my maternal grandfather, was the first missionary to bring the Christian Gospel to this area of Argentina in 1907. The work of The Esperanza Trust (Argentina) will continue to serve the needy of this province. We must therefore make every effort possible to bring this about to see the lives of both the young as well as adult people being transformed.


  • Great to hear from you Rodney! I can just picture you enjoying your coffee and medialunas(I simply love those!) in the warm sunshine! I will have to get David to take me to “Fini’s” the next time!!!! You continue to be in our prayers as you meet and have fellowship with the good people in SdE. Every blessing!

  • Glad to hear you’re safely arrived and once more back at Fini’s – very jealous of those scrummy medialunas!

  • I too am drooling after a cortado and media luna. Glad to hear you are safe and well and enjoying hospitality and being reunited with good friends. Looking forward to your next instalment xx

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