Fifty years after 13-year old Tom St. John first traveled to Guatemala on a banana boat with his father, Tom finds himself called by the God’s Child Project/Guatemala to build houses for the poor. These houses are constructed on the hillside slums of San Felipe that surround the ancient city of Antigua, Guatemala. For 58 years, his feet have travelled throughout Latin America – especially to Mexico, Panama, Belize and Guatemala. At this Platform, Tom will share stories of his journey and some important ethical principles he has learned along the way.
Tom St. John was born in St. Louis and has lived in South St. Louis most of my life, he started traveling at an early age – by 14 he had been to Cuba, The Bahamas, Panama, Honduras and Guatemala. Tom completed a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies and an M.B.A . He has been a public high school teacher in St. Louis for 38 years, and has also taught in Punta Gorda, Belize (near Guatemala). He and his wife of 18 years, Laraine, live in Affton, and have 5 children and 8 grandchildren. While he “retired” in 1999, he now works at Grant’s Farm, teaches adults at Thomas Dunn Memorial and at OASIS. He last visited Guatemala in 2010.