lOs PAtaCHuEcAs

oUr loGo

oUr loGo

PAtAcHuEcAs, LITERALLY “CROOKED PAWs” OR “CROOKED FEET” IS THE NAME I GAVE TO THE BUNCH OF BOYS FROM MY 2001 FOURTH GRADE CLASS. EVEN AT THAT AGE, THEY SHOWED GREAT SPORTS ABILITIES, SPECIALLY IN SOCCER. OVER THE YEARS THEY HAVE GAINED AND LOST SOME COMPETITIONS, BUT NO ONES DENIES THEIR UNITY, DEXTERITY AND FRIENDSHIP WITH ME.

pAtAcHuEcAs back then

pAtAcHuEcAs back then

FOR SOME REASON, THIS GROUP HAS REMAINED CLOSER TO ME THAN ANY OTHER CLASS IN MY ELEVEN YEARS OF TEACHING. SOME OLD MEMBERS HAVE HAD TO MOVE TO ANOTHER CITY OR SCHOOL. SOME OTHERS HAVE COME AND JOINED THE TEAM, BUT THE MAJORITY ARE STILL THE SAME.

pAtAcHuEcHaS now

pAtAcHuEcHaS now

I BEGAN AS THEIR TEACHER AND ENDED UP AS THEIR FRIEND. SOME OF THEM WERE AFRAID OF ME IN THIRD GRADE AND HAD ASKED THEIR PARENTS TO TAKE THEM TO ANOTHER SCHOOL TO AVOID THE “CRUEL OGRE”. I HAVE SPENT COUNTLESS HOURS WITH THEM IN AND OUT OF SCHOOL. I HAVE HAD GOOD AND BAD TIMES, BUT MOSTLY GOOD, PRECIOUS AND UNFORGETTABLE ONES. I HAVE SEEN THEM GROW UP AND SHARED MY TIME, HOUSE, MEALS, CLOTHES (They are taller than me now) AND MOST IMPORTANT MY FAITH IN GOD. AS IN ANY RELATIONSHIP, WE GIVE AND RECEIVE. I HAVE BEEN ENRICHED BY THEIR LIVES AND IN RETURN I HOPE TO GIVE THEM JESUS ABOVE ALL. NEXT YEAR THEY WILL GRADUATE AND BE DISPERSED, MEANWHILE, I KEEP LIFTING MY VOICE UP TO THE LORD FOR THEM.

 

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  1. Very good, Andres. No mystery to me why they like you. Keep up the prayers and good work. Just wish we could do something like that here.

    Yours by God’s grace,
    Jim

  2. Will be praying for them and you as well! And yeah, as Jim says I can tell why they love you! 😀 Big hug Uncle Andy!

  3. Six guys have remained and are now in their Senior year (2009). I have invited them to come to church on Sunday May 17th. They are asking questions about the Lord’s Supper. Great opportunity to share the love of God. Continue praying for them, please.

  4. […] PAtAcHuECaS =  Crooked feet. My (indoor) Soccer team. […]

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