Santa Max Experience

Participation for the Whole Year!

'Santa on a Mission' and Plans for 2022-2023

Santa Max tests his falconry skills with a golden eagle at the park
Santa Max sculpted balloons for children at an orphanage in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Santa Max with children from the orphanage
The Santa on a Mission Team in Mongolia: Muhsin (business instructor at MIU), Santa Max, Zolo (Zolzaya "Zolo" Danjuu, church pastor)

 

Until one travels to a region of need, and sees, feels, and experiences the sheer joy of helping those who exist under such impoverish circumstances, one can never know the joy I am speaking of. It is truly better to give than to receive!

 This is why over the years as Santa, I have often mentioned to many of you about your children, who are now young adults, going with Santa on a mission trip. They get to BE the Santa, bringing gifts of love, hope, smiles, life and friendship. I want them to experience the joy of helping others who are in need or less fortunate. I want them to have the opportunity and see how fulfilling it is, compared to the material things we so often fix our eyes upon. 

This summer of 2022, I had planned to go to Poland to work with contacts there who are helping orphans, and the hurting families and refugees from the Ukraine conflict. From there I was going to Mongolia to build a team and head up a program building a deep-winter greenhouses (DWG) using solar and geo thermal heat system combined with an integrated aquaponic system.

On June 11, 2022, the day before my flight to Poland and Mongolia, I was involved in a serious accident when my goose-neck RV camper dropped off its landing gear and struct my head. The trip was altered and delayed until August 27- September 12th. I aborted the plan to go to Poland/Ukraine, and focused on Mongolia. Winter is quickly approaching and Ulaanbaatar is the coldest capitol city in the world, with temperatures often at -40o F. 

I was met by Parker Lee, director of admissions of Mongolia International University (MIU) and Zolzoya Danjuu (Zolo, for short) a pastor of a local church, who owns the property on which to build the first pilot greenhouse. Within the first 48 hours of my arrival, I met with MIU president Dr. Oh-Moon Kwon, and many department chairs. I did lectures about deep-winter greenhouses for students and faculty, and the local church.  Later that week Zolo and I met with the YWAM/UB director Amos Erdenenyam, who kindly offered YWAM facilities as a place to stay for team members that joined us next summer.  Zolo and I visited the South facing hillside that was recently purchased for the project and determined the best location and orientation layout for the greenhouse.  We located many local suppliers and priced resources. I was able to purchase and bring back some Mongolian art to sell at the Santa Max Experience to benefit the Mongolian artists.

 

Zolo’s church group (interestingly made up of 80% millennials) have acquired land just 20 minute’s drive outside the capitol city of Ulaanbaatar. Their desire and vision are to grow food to distribute to those in need, as part of their outreach. Many vegetables like lettuce are expensive or scarce, and recently sold for as much as five USD. Growing and selling such vegetables can multiply funds to purchase other less costly and more regional common foods and thereby greatly increase the number of families they could assist.

 

I will train and advise them on design and assist in building a greenhouse in which to grow vegetables year-round, even in the extreme -40 o F ambient temperatures during the long winter months. Building a greenhouse to stay warm enough in such an extreme climate presents a very interesting challenge. We are considering using a combination of solar power, geo-thermal, rocket mass heaters, and other off grid designs, After completing the construction and then operating it for a year, we will then consider the pros and cons of setting up an off-grid aquaponics system. This will be done in phases over the next few years.

 

I hope some of Santa Max’s extended family and friends will be able to join the ‘Santa on a Mission’ team next summer 2023. If this sounds interesting to you, please let us know so we can put together teams and plan for dates between the beginning of May to late September. You are welcome to come for all or part of the summer.

 

Until one travels to a region of need, and sees, feels, and experiences the sheer joy of helping those who exist under such impoverish circumstances, one can never know the joy I am speaking of. It is truly better to give than to receive!

The Santa on a Mission Team in Mongolia: Muhsin (business instructor at MIU), Santa Max, Zolo (Zolzaya “Zolo” Danjuu, church pastor)

This is why over the years as Santa, I have often mentioned to many of you about your children, who are now young adults, going with Santa on a mission trip. They get to BE the Santa, bringing gifts of love, hope, smiles, life and friendship. I want them to experience the joy of helping others who are in need or less fortunate. I want them to have the opportunity and see how fulfilling it is, compared to the material things we so often fix our eyes upon. 

This summer of 2022, I had planned to go to Poland to work with contacts there who are helping orphans, and the hurting families and refugees from the Ukraine conflict. From there I was going to Mongolia to build a team and head up a program building a deep-winter greenhouses (DWG) using solar and geo thermal heat system combined with an integrated aquaponic system.

On June 11, 2022, the day before my flight to Poland and Mongolia, I was involved in a serious accident when my goose-neck RV camper dropped off its landing gear and struct my head. The trip was altered and delayed until August 27- September 12th. I aborted the plan to go to Poland/Ukraine, and focused on Mongolia. Winter is quickly approaching and Ulaanbaatar is the coldest capitol city in the world, with temperatures often at -40o F. 

Parker Lee (Director of Admissions, originally from Louisiana), Santa Max, Won Kyong (Chair of Biotechnology program), Eva (instructor)

I was met by Parker Lee, director of admissions of Mongolia International University (MIU) and Zolzoya Danjuu (Zolo, for short) a pastor of a local church, who owns the property on which to build the first pilot greenhouse. Within the first 48 hours of my arrival, I met with MIU president Dr. Oh-Moon Kwon, and many department chairs. I did lectures about deep-winter greenhouses for students and faculty, and the local church.  Later that week Zolo and I met with the YWAM/UB director Amos Erdenenyam, who kindly offered YWAM facilities as a place to stay for team members that joined us next summer.  Zolo and I visited the South facing hillside that was recently purchased for the project and determined the best location and orientation layout for the greenhouse.  We located many local suppliers and priced resources. I was able to purchase and bring back some Mongolian art to sell at the Santa Max Experience to benefit the Mongolian artists.

 

Zolo’s church group (interestingly made up of 80% millennials) have acquired land just 20 minute’s drive outside the capitol city of Ulaanbaatar. Their desire and vision are to grow food to distribute to those in need, as part of their outreach. Many vegetables like lettuce are expensive or scarce, and recently sold for as much as five USD. Growing and selling such vegetables can multiply funds to purchase other less costly and more regional common foods and thereby greatly increase the number of families they could assist.

I will train and advise them on design and assist in building a greenhouse in which to grow vegetables year-round, even in the extreme -40 o F ambient temperatures during the long winter months. Building a greenhouse to stay warm enough in such an extreme climate presents a very interesting challenge. We are considering using a combination of solar power, geo-thermal, rocket mass heaters, and other off grid designs, After completing the construction and then operating it for a year, we will then consider the pros and cons of setting up an off-grid aquaponics system. This will be done in phases over the next few years.

I hope some of Santa Max’s extended family and friends will be able to join the ‘Santa on a Mission’ team next summer 2023. If this sounds interesting to you, please let us know so we can put together teams and plan for dates between the beginning of May to late September. You are welcome to come for all or part of the summer.

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Tardungno children enjoyed Santa Max visit, 2021 (used with permission)

Santa Max Experience Club Cost:

$100 – $10 (appt discount) = $90 net increase

Club Details:

  • A free Santa Max business card ornament.
  • A birthday card for your child this year with personalized message and signed by Santa Max
  • A short video of Santa Max talking to your child at a time of your choosing this year
  • 1 free Christmas ornament this year with your child’s or family’s picture ($15-$20 value)
  • $10 off your 2022 Santa Max visit is included in the club price!
  • Santa Max Club Membership can accommodate up to 2 children in your immediate family. You can add more siblings for $25 each.