Sunday, February 27, 2011

How's Rudy and the Nahuathl Stove Project?

Some of you have asked about Rudy.  Lately, I've had numerous inquiries about Rudy and the Nahuathl Indigenous stoves he builds.  Rudy is in good health, but as many of you have heard, Mexico is a hot bed of controversy because of the drug cartels and the associated killings. 

We have many friends that live in Mexico and many more who live in the United States, but still have family throughout Mexico.  Some areas are affected more than others certainly.  Caution and awareness are two words that spring to mind.  There are dangerous places throughout the world.  Many of the United State's large cities like Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, (to name a few) have areas that would be best avoided.  I think the same is true in Mexico.

The good people, the uneducated, the helpless, the poor, and the average person trying the best they can to carve out a decent life for themselves are always damaged by the effects of the uncaring, the criminals, the evil people (if you allow me to use that term). 

So the news from Rudy is that he and the people in the region have been greatly impacted in a negative way.

The following is from Rudy's latest e-mail:

"We've had some very hot and windy weather.  The Nahuathl natives feel that we are in for a very dry season.  The old natives say that this hot and dry wind is bad and they are right about it.  All the creeks and streams are nearly totally dried.  Not much water is left in water springs.  Even our three rivers are way down in their normal level."

Rudy then went on to say in one of the towns where we do our medical missions; the local police station was under attack.  Grenades were even thrown, but didn't explode!  It's a very sad and troubling state of affairs in this once peaceful and beautiful region of Mexico. 

Rudy goes on to say, "I am still doing what little I can to keep my work with the Nahuathl people.  Stay well and healthy.  May God bless you always."

Regardless of the hardships, Rudy always ends his correspondence with a blessing to everyone. 

I'll be sending Rudy more donations this week to continue his work.  I'm always happy to be the conduit to get funds to Rudy and to aid the Nahuathl people.

If you would like to donate please visit our Missions of Hope website at:

Please continue to send good intentions, beautiful, peaceful energy and prayers for the good people in Mexico and throughout all the troubled regions of the world.

Thanks for all your help!

Dr. Rick Barrett

P.S.  "There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -- happiness, freedom and peace of mind.  They are always attained by giving them to someone else."  Peyton Conway March.