Homeward Bound!

Oct 27, 2016   //   by admin   //   Rodney's Blog  //  2 Comments

Patagonia Street

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My days here in Santiago del Estero have come to an end for this current visit as I leave for Buenos Aires this evening. And it has concluded with quite an active weekend.

On Friday evening I was invited along with several others to participate in a broadcast on the Radio Station 105.5 which earlier this year was inaugurated at the main Evangelical Church here in Calle Salta 433. In my presentation I was questioned about “The Esperanza Trust (Argentina)” and its work which gave me a good opportunity to spread the news of the help provided by our Trust in so many different ways from assistance to children in their education via scholarships to financially supporting the building of multipurpose halls, classrooms and a variety of other projects all within the objectives of the Trust. Later in the night I joined some very dear friends for a time of fellowship over a good meal at the Hotel Coventry and where we happened to stumble upon other friends also dining in the restaurant so a good “ol´chat” was spread across several tables during this ocasion.

Saturday midday Jorge and I were invited to lunch with a family whose young son is a pupil at the “Colegio Alfredo Furniss” and who receives a scholarship from Esperanza to enable him to continue his studies at the school. Later in the afternoon I was transported to the Barrio Ejercito Argentino to attend the activities of the “Portal de Belen”, where children of the area go each week to to paintings and crafts which is then followed by a brief talk from the Bible and some eats before they go back to their homes.  They also enjoyed the “gomita” sweets which I take with me each year.

Sunday morning I was at the Communion service in Calle Salta then had lunch with dear friends from the days of my youth and in the afternoon, along with Edgardo, Emmanuel, his wife and their littel boy we went to the Canal San Martin where a children´s group meet for their weekly games and other activities.  Later we moved to the Zanjon area for a similar get together of children from its local vicinity. which was follosed by a Communion service with people from that locality.  More children at this venue enjoyed the “gomita” sweets.  It was then a quick drive back from these meetings to the centre of Santiago for me to change to another car to then be taken to a church on the periphery of the Capital called, Ampliación Borges as they had invited me to do a presentation about Alfredo Furniss and the work of The Esperanza Trust (Argentina). Sadly, although present at the meeting, I was unable to do the presentation as I had lost my voice but I met a whole new bunch of people who were so kind and warm in their welcome and many looked aghast when they were told who I was!! El “nieto de Alfredo Furniss!!!!”  That man Alfredo still is revered in this province where in 1907 he arrived as a pioneer missionary and later married Maria, a Canadian lass who was working in an orphanage in the hills of Cordoba from which my own dear mother Irene later came on the scene.

It is now Monday morning and I have started packing my belongings which will be completed later prior to my departure for the 12-hour overnight journey to Buenos Aires.  In the Capital City I shall remain for two days meeting folk I know and sharing a dinner with some of them on my last night in Argentina.  My plane departs for London at 1.15 p.m. local time on Thursday 27th October.

This has been, for a variety of reasons, a shorter visit than those previously made and many have been asking me to come back soon again and for a longer time!!!!  I will have to give this request serious consideration!!!!  It has been a positive and a very encouraging trip that has initiated, in some ways, the potential for more action in this province for the benefit of those whose lives often lack the basic elements for daily living, a help we often do in collaboration with local churches throughout the province as well as in the capital itself.

I am therefore closing this latest version of Blogs hoping that those who have taken the time to read my contributions will have found something interesting to be items for continued prayer and support.  This dear province has yet a long way to go to see people not only helped physically but also spiritually and as a Christian organisation I strongly believe we have a very important part to play.


  • Dear Tio Rodney! Your time in SdE has come to an end once more and you have been such a blessing to the folk out there! You have had a very busy time, so take things easy on your return home. Every blessing on your long journey home. God bless Laura x

  • Safe travels Rodney. Great to read of you time in SdE. Safe journey home and we look forward to hearing all about it in person very soon. Much love Angie & Tim xx

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