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