Someone recently got a hold of my blog from my Dad’s personal Facebook page and publicly posted it in an article from an Alaska-based publication. The article included a picture and link to the blog for those interested in seeing it. It has even been added to Twitter now. The article was very negative towards Walter, myself, and my father; who was a political figure in Alaska and is still involved in politics.
Sadly, I have even received rude, negative comments on here about what Walter and I do with our lives. Honestly, I don’t care what people think, and they can say whatever they want to, it’s just not their place to publicly judge us and what we do and spread that over the internet.
So to those who keep visiting our page and using it negatively…I’ve got a message for you:
Shame on you Alaska Dispatch and shame on you everyone who has posted rude comments and facilitated the spread of their article. You don’t know me and my family; probably don’t even know my dad and who he really is, aside from all the lies you read on stupid, biased political pages. It’s not your place to judge those you don’t know. If you want to judge, then why not ask us personally instead of thinking you understand what is going on and speculating you know everything. This is a private blog and tool we use to update friends, family, and those who have partnered with us here in Ensenada. I do not appreciate how you took this, made it public, and twisted around the facts to turn it into some anti-Joe Miller political piece (you couldn’t even get your facts straight about his political views… so next time do your research before you start telling lies). I also do not appreciate the fact that you put up a picture along with the link to my blog for all to see. I don’t live in Alaska anymore; and after the way my Dad and family were treated back in 2010 (and I got a glimpse of just how corrupt Alaskan politics are)- I will never go back. Personally, I’m not involved in Alaskan politics either. So why do you feel the need to target me, and at the same time, attempt to harm my Dad and his political path?
This fundraising piece was specifically written to individuals who are already supporting us or involved in what we do. I don’t expect everyone to understand why we do what we do here in Mexico, nor do I expect every person out there to give to us financially. And honestly, I could care less what people think of it and what they have to say about it. But let me help you get some of the facts straight.
Yes, we volunteer for a Christian organization of missionaries, Youth With A Mission. YWAM is an international non-profit, with more than 1,000 locations in over 180 countries with more than 18,000 full-time staff who are also doing the same we are and fundraising to cover expenses, it’s a basic procedure, nothing new people! This is not for everyone…and it is definitely not a way to skip out on responsibility and be “freeloaders” as some have put it. We work hard, and we work hard every day of the week. We work with dirt poor Mexican families who make as little as $250 a month. This $250 has to pay for their food, clean drinking water, water if you are unable to have running water, electricity if you are so lucky as to even be in a location where there is electricity available, transportation to and from work, and your children’s school fees as all families must pay for books and uniforms here no matter what school it is. Not everything is cheap here. We have an after-school program for kids and a support group for Moms; we partner with local churches and orphanages; we have a skate ministry and a surf ministry in the planning stages. We host teams from churches, Catholic schools, public schools, YPO groups, CWAM, Defender Direct, and other businesses; and have groups that bring relief to areas affected by natural disasters; we run spring and summer camps for both local youth and youth coming from outside Mexico (just to name a few). We don’t live like tourists in Mexico. Mexican tourism isn’t even the same that it was years ago thanks to lying media.
Trust me, we do know what safe sex is and we practiced plenty of it without fail until we did get pregnant (it wasn’t planned, but every once in a while safe sex fails and we’re not going to get rid of the baby just because it wasn’t at the planned moment). I could have very easily said I was a resident of California and received free health care for low-income pregnant women, and WIC from the government…after all I live so close, right? But no, I’ve decided to be honest and go about things the right way and will not cheat or lie. I do not take from the government like so many other Americans do, and I’m not taking from any individuals either. All we are doing is asking, and it never hurts to ask.
If you knew us, you would know that Walter is starting a surf ministry for local kids in poor communities, and for this reason is in need of a truck/SUV. Compact cars do not get you into very many places when you are having to drive through dirt roads, and roads that don’t have proper drainage systems when it rains. (the surf ministry is not an every day, all day thing Walter will do…he will do it on the side- when he is not building or working with a visiting outreach team…the ministry is to give kids an opportunity to get out of their communities, learn something new and encourage them to stay away from drugs and falling into the common tramps out there for all youth…if you are familiar with christian mission work, you have to get creative when working with today’s youth).
And our dogs (2) are rescue dogs. One was given to us because they couldn’t take care of her and didn’t want to see her with diseases, fleas, and on the streets ; the other we rescued from a homeless man who would steal dogs, beat them and then kill them when he found a new one.
No, I’m not an idiot…I just prefer to help those people who are honest, truly in need, not cheating off their government/tax payers, and who are appreciative of any help they are given. And for now that is what I will do. We’ve had good jobs, we’ve studied, and we’ve lived your average lifestyle; but for a time, we will be living life differently from most. We are using our lives to help and serve others in a foreign country and bring hope to those who have nothing. We’re not ashamed of what we do, nor are we begging for your charity; this is just a part of what being a “missionary” is for us and the organization we have chosen to volunteer with.
Again this blog/plea was not written for the general public, it was written to those familiar with what we do and have participated with us in what we do. To those who respond and will support us in this, thank you, you know what this means to us and how much we appreciate it…if you’ve been here and worked with us, you know it first hand.
Please stop with the harassment’s and leave Joe Miller’s children and their private lives out of your dirty work and twisted agenda!!! Show some respect people!!! If you don’t know what you’re talking about or have never participated in what we’re doing, then quit criticizing that which you have no right to!