Dear Irish and Armonía friends,

For the moment we are all well. Thank you very much for your concern and prayers for us. Although this hurricane  has been very hard on the coast villages and  dangerous for people who live there, we have been sheltered from its worst effects by the the chain of high mountains in between the Central Valleys where the city of Oaxaca is located and the sea coast.
We need to pray nevertheless for the very unprotected villages where the families of the Armonía students live in the next hours and days as they are in the hurricane’s trajectory. We’ll keep you posted. Please let these news be known. 

Saul and Pilar Cruz

Armonia has been mercifully spared from the severe earthquake in Mexico yesterday. The epicenter was in southern Mexico not far from Oaxaca. This morning we received the news about Armonia from the director, Saul Cruz.


Re: oaxaca earthquake

Dearest Jim and friends, 
Thank you for your concern and prayers. We all are fine. It took us a few hours to receive news from every place where Armonía works to be sure that everybody was safe as we had to wait for the cell and land telephone lines to be re-established. Internet communication was not easy and even TV signal was blurry sometimes.
Since Oaxaca was nearest to the epicenter of the earthquake we had a strong concern for the Aims kids and our relatives who live there. After 20 minutes of calling everybody without any success we got in touch with a stone mason who is working at the new residence foundation in Casa Margarita. He informed us that everything was well at the house and that there had not been structural damages in the house, but our students were at school and he didn’t know about them. Half an hour later, Leo called us saying that schools had closed and had sent all students back home. They were all together, well and concerned for our safety. They were praying for us. Justin, our US volunteer at Aims Oaxaca, was fine as well. Texts and phone calls helped us to find out about the rest. Tirelessly Pilar kept calling everybody, Presidentes, Hornos, Santa Cruz, and many homes were fine. It was nearly 11 at night when a missing mother from Huicholes (Olympia) called my wife. She explained that she had been out of the city and that she was fine.
When the earthquake happened we were all together working with Anna Bishop in my office at our home. She is visiting us from All Souls in London and this was her first experience with an earthquake. She was fine and took it very well. 
Please let everyone that we are fine. 
With love and gratitude, 
Saul, Pilar, Eidi & Saul Jr

We received this message from Eidi Cruz. We are all saddened to learn of the passing of this great Christian leader who was a close friend of the Cruz family

Dear Friends,

We hope this e-mail finds you well.

We are very sad to let you know that Uncle John Stott died this afternoon. We know that he is with the Lord and rejoice in this. We will, however, miss him hugely.

Matthew and I arrived at Uncle John’s home at the College of St. Barnabas in Kent around lunch time, after Matthew received a call from Frances Whitehead this morning about Uncle John’s condition rapidly deteriorating. Along with Frances, and members of his family and friends, we sat next to his bed, reading from the Psalms and 2 Timothy and listening to Handel’s Messiah. A little later Uncle John died peacefully around 3:15pm.

We are grateful for Uncle John’s amazing life and witness, for the opportunity that God gave us to know him and spend time with him, for his love, his wisdom and example. We are grateful for the many ways in which God used Uncle John to bless so many people around the world, including our families and the people at Armonía.

Please pray for Frances, as well as for his family members and friends at this time.

With love,

Eidi Cruz

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November 17, 2010

Dear friends and supporters of Armonia,

As we pause at this time of year to reflect on God’s many blessings, our thoughts will
naturally turn to those less fortunate. Perhaps you are a college student who has heard Saul Cruz speak about ministering to the poor. Perhaps Saul and Pilar visited your church and shared with you their lifelong commitment to the needy and forgotten of Mexico. Perhaps you have traveled to Mexico City or Oaxaca to see for yourself what life transforming and world transforming work is being done at Armonia. You may have helped on a construction site, made furniture for a student residence, or worked in the medical clinic. Whatever your involvement, chances are your life has somehow been touched by Armonia. God has used your support to effect wonderful things at Armonia.

Please visit Armonia U.S.’s website at for an update on activities.
In the midst of this holiday season, we are requesting your prayerful consideration
of a one time or recurring gift to assist in these wonderful ministries. Please
consider what can be accomplished with monthly giving and gifts for capital

$5, $10, $25, $50, or $75 – Can provide critically needed general operating support for the various ministries of Armonia, including support of the Santa Cruz, Presidentes and Jalalpa community centers, expenses of the Oaxaca student residences for participants in the AIMS (Armonia Indigenous Mexican Scholars) Program; support of the Mexico City expenses of the AIMS Program;outreach ministries to the Hornos community of displaced families, and the general administrative expenses of Armonia.

The levels of support below are illustrative of what can be accomplished with your gifts:

$100 per month – can support one of the AIMS students in Oaxaca
$150 per month – can support one of the AIMS students in Mexico City
$250 per month – can support an Armonia staff member
$320 per month – can support a participant in the Transformation Program
$500 – can support the initial expenses of a new AIMS participant in Oaxaca
$1000 – can support the initial expenses for a new AIMS student in Mexico City
$3000 per month – Can support one of the three community centers.

Capital needs include the following:
$500 – Obtaining of computer and software for three students or community center
$10,000 – Furnishing of a student residence at Oaxaca
$80,000 – Construction cost for a new student residence at Oaxaca

If you are able to help contributions can be made payable to
Armonia U.S., Inc. and addressed to Dr. Karen Ziegler, M.D.,
Armonia U.S., Inc., 114 Satsuma Drive, Altamonte Springs, Florida
32714. Contributions can also be made directly from the Armonia
U.S. website, either on a one time or recurring basis, or just click
here: On the
website just click the “Donate Now” button.

Please accept the gratitude of The Cruz family and the many
benefactors of your love and generosity toward your brothers and
sisters in Mexico.

With every wish for God’s continued blessings on you and your family during this holiday season and
throughout the coming year,

Jim Seay
Armonia US

Armonia U.S., Inc. is a 501.c.(3) organization which provides support for overseas missions, primarily to Armonia A.C. Donors should be aware that, due to fiscal and personnel constraints, donations are not generally tracked by specific category, but rather are utilized for the most pressing needs of the Armonia ministries. The Boards of Directors of both Armonia A.C. and Armonia U.S. Inc. strive to ensure that donor intentions in support of Armonia’s various programs are carried out.

We will gratefully acknowledge your contribution to Armonia U.S., Inc., a not-for-profit
corporation, contributions to which are tax-deductible unless otherwise stated. Your contribution will be used for the work of Armonia U.S., Inc. and is made with the understanding that Armonia U.S., Inc. has complete control and administration over the use of the donated funds. *No goods or services have been provided or exchanged for your tax-deductible contribution.

This Thanksgiving Update was received recently from Saul Cruz. It tells of the many activities of Armonia in Mexico and Oaxaca related to the exciting AIMS program.

Armonia Thanksgiving Update

Armonia continues to grow. We have some new pictures of the student residence in Oaxaca and the summer activities there taken by the Elk Rapids, Michigan group led by Stan Holzhauer.  In addition to High school completion Saul tries to expand his students skills in many other ways including farming and development of up to date agricultural methods. Among these is the raising of chickens.  With this in mind the Elk Rapids team built a chicken coop on the grounds.  Other students continue to work on the student residence. There is always more work to be done on this beautiful tract of land outside Oaxaca city.

Working at the Residence

A Heavy Load