If you’ve ever visited the Rayo de Sol office, chances are that you’ve met Allan Altamirano. He’s almost always working, singing (very loudly), or trying to practice his English with you, and he’s constantly bringing laughter to those around him.
Allan Altamirano is a Rayo de Sol university scholarship student, and he is the first person in his immediate family to attend college. Thanks to the scholarship he receives, he is able to continue his studies and have a say in his future career.
Apart from being a role model to his family, Allan is also a great example to his peers in the community. He is a volunteer leader at his local Young Life club and regularly travels with us to help run the rural Young Life club in the Piedra de Agua community, where he leads games and shares biblical messages.
“There are some young people that are caught up in vices, whether that be drugs, alcohol, or any of that. So we are volunteers who help those people to follow God and not go down the wrong path.”
Allan has been a tremendous blessing to Rayo de Sol, and we pray that he will continue to grow in his faith and his leadership role in the community.
Elvin is an active member of the Young Life club that Rayo de Sol coordinates in his community. Last year, Elvin was injured, and the Rayo de Sol team ensured that he received the medical attention he needed. His mother sells tortillas to support her family and could not afford to pay for his medical care.
I was so glad to have Rayo de Sol’s support when I had a medical problem last year. The staff took excellent care of me and made sure that I got the treatment that I needed. Today, I am better and my mother and I are very grateful for the support we received.”
A day at the Rayo de Sol office is not complete until Oliveidi has come for a visit. Oliveidi is eleven years old and is in the third grade at the 15 de Septiembre School. She lives with her parents and eight siblings in a small house, located a few blocks from our office. Oliveidi’s parents work hard to support the family, but they have faced a lot of difficulties. She should be in the sixth grade this year, but her education has been affected by her family’s economic situation.
This year, we are happy that she is back in school and anxious to learn. Oliveidi participates in all of our children’s discipleship activities and the reading club at her school. She is usually one of the first to show up for after school activities and is often the last to leave. Oliveidi has grown to love reading and also enjoys making art. She has developed very close relationships with our staff and they often help her with her homework as well.
Her teacher has told us that she has been much more focused on her school work this year and has gotten excellent grades so far. We are so excited to see her succeed this year and will continue to support her in her personal, spiritual and academic development.