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May Update from Mission Santa Maria

Welcome to May! As always we have a lot of great things happening at Mission Santa Maria

1) School began this week for the students at the mission. Because of your support we were able to send the missionaries money to purchase books and uniforms for the children. The missionaries are extremely grateful and have promised to send pictures.

2) Our three students in our college scholarship program recently took their entrance exam for their universities. Since classes will be free, these spots are highly competitive. This year there were 2000 students applying for 300 spots at one university. We think our three young people will do very well and if they pass our scholarship program we will help them with their living expenses through out the year. Each of these students are from extremely poor families and they have all lived at the mission. For these young people, it is either college or a life of unsteady work as a day-laborer.