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In Memoriam: Don Luis Samayoa, National Director for Habitat for Humanity Guatemala

Our sister affiliate, where we send our tithe, Habitat Guatemala, suffers a tremendous loss.

Don Luis

 (Pictured:  2nd from left -- Luis Samayoa (National Director)

We received the news that we lost a great friend, and a true humanitarian and servant leader this week. His name was Don Luis Samayoa, the National Director for Habitat for Humanity Guatemala. He was hired as National Director in 1997.

Habitat Guatemala was founded in 1976, and up until Don Luis was hired, they had served about 2300 families. Since 1997, Habitat Guatemala has served 85,000 families. Don Luis was a man of vision, a man that learned that the volunteer committees in the 22 states of Guatemala, were the key to serving more families than anyone thought possible. I met him in 2003, my first global village trip to Guatemala. We became fast friends, and although we did not speak the same language, we were always able to communicate well, without translation. He helped me become a better executive director back here in the states, and, as a result of his teachings, we were able to grow my first affiliate beyond anyone's wildest dreams.

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The Story of Life, to Me!

story of life

I was driving out in the country one day after M.C. and I had moved here from Georgia in 1996, and found this old pump.   I had been looking for one because these old pumps always seem to mirror life. (It wasn't red like this when I found it.)  

I took it by my dad's house in Huntersville and showed him. He said he would clean it up and paint it for me. I told him I wanted it red because at the time, I was working for Pizza Hut.

Not only did he clean and paint it, he mounted it on this piece of wood. I've used it from time to time when talking to different groups, as it just seems to hold their attention. At one time, I had it sitting on my book shelf. Now I have it prominently displayed on my desk as a constant reminder of its meaning to me.  

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ELHS boasts only high school Habitat for Humanity chapter in NC

ELHS habitat

MATT CHAPMAN
Staff Writer

East Lincoln High School has established the first high school Habitat for Humanity chapter in North Carolina.

Kelly McLain, an Americorps volunteer coordinator serving Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County, was in search of new volunteers when the idea dawned on her.

McLain, a graduate of East Lincoln High School where she served as president of the science club, reconnected with her former science teacher, Robert Chapp. Chapp, coincidentally, had been brainstorming ideas of a new club himself that would not only look good on a college resume, but also teach students valuable skills for later on in life.

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