The House Is Done! (Tecate, Mexico)

Photos and captions by Leslie Carmichael.

The house is done!

House is done

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many tears were shed as we thanked the family and they thanked us.

Family thanks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saying good-bye is hard.

Saying good-bye

The Roof Is Up (Tecate, Mexico)

Photos and captions by Leslie Carmichael.

House frame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The plywood is on the roof…

Roof is up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…Making more shade!

Shade under roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tar is being added to the roof.

Tarring the roof

A Great Day to Build a House in Tecate

This is the first report from the LAUMC mission team in Tecate, Mexico. Photos and captions are by Leslie Carmichael.

It’s a great day in Tecate, where we are building a house. Because we are a small team, we supported the local economy by paying to have the slab done before we arrived. It was a great choice for us.

Two wall sections are up!

Two wall sections up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kids are being entertained making bracelets.

Making bracelets

Join Rebuilding Together on Oct 26th

Be part of the LAUMC Rebuilding Together Team!

Rebuilding

LAUMC is looking for volunteers to join a team that will repair the home of a low-income homeowner in San Jose on Saturday, October 26, 2013.  All skill levels are welcome.  Minimum age is 14.

To sign up, please go to www.laumc.org/serve

Questions?  Contact Hal Taylor at (650) 468-6160 or hitaylor@sbcglobal.net (preferred) 

In partnership with the community, Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley rehabilitates the homes of low-income homeowners so that they may live in warmth, safety and independence, and repairs nonprofit facilities so they are better able

to serve our communityΩ.

Upcoming Event for Heifer International- Bold Service & Social Justice

 

Heifer Invites You to a Northern California Volunteer Gathering!

 

Unique Opportunity to meet with one of Heifer International’s country Directors and hear about their work in that region.

This is a free event for those who are about Heifer and its work to end hunger, poverty and protect the environment.

The speaker is the the Heifer Program Director from Uganda. Also, a group from Sacramento area will share their August 2013 Heifer Study Tour to Ecuador. Heifer is working more closely now with Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti. And, Pierre Ferrari, Heifer CEO, flew to Haiti on a UN plane with Bill Clinton and others to visit NGO projects, including a Heifer goat project

Where
Hidden Villa, Dana Center 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA
When
Saturday, October 5, 2013 10:00 Registration and Gathering 10:30 – 3:30 Presentations and Break Out Groups

  • Volunteer Refresher
  • Country Program Reports
  • Farm Fun

Includes Free Lunch

To register,
to receive additional information,

Contact Jill at 650-948-1621 or jill.kiltynewburn@heifer.org.

Upcoming Events – Bold Service & Social Justice

Interesting and worthy events in April and  May related to Bold Service and Social Justice

Stories of a Girl

1. Stories of a Girl Opened April 14th

Stories of a Girl is a photo exhibit created by survivors of Human Trafficking, now showing at the San Jose State University library…. aka. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library http://eepurl.com/xLK8P

 

2. Not Today, The Movie Opened April 11th

Not Today is a story about a people group virtually enslaved and the human trade centered in India. The movie is showing in theaters all across the U.S. Click the link and check it out for yourselves!   http://nottodaythemovie.com/

 3. Launching of Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Program

Wednesday, April 17, 6:30pm to 8pm

“Human Trafficking: An Innovative Approach to a Global Violation of Human Rights” by Jacqueline Bhabha, Professor at Harvard School of Public Health, and Siddharth Kara, Program Director of the FXB Center’s Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Program. Come and be informed!

Location:
Blue Room, Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay
223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City

4. Anti-Trafficking Film Series: Sex + Money

Saturday, April 20, 7pm

Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 700-B Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park

Website | Part of a screening series about human trafficking, this documentary is about domestic minor sex trafficking and the modern-day abolitionist movement against it. A panel discussion will follow the film.

5. Freedom House Annual Gala/Fundraiser

Saturday, May 4th, Crown Plaza Hotel, Foster City CA

Keynote speaker Francis Chan; Many auction items – including Giants tickets & meeting with Jeremy Affeldt, vacations in Hawaii, ride on SF Fire Boat, fine art, wine tasting, Lake Tahoe vacation. Benefits “The Nest” opening in fall 2013 – Recovery House for trafficked girls 12-17.  Buy your ticket online.

6. Fight Human Trafficking Conference (1 to 2 volunteers/tabling)

Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5

Mount Hermon, Santa Cruz

Website | This conference will be a meeting place for attendees, faith communities, organizations and programs to connect and engage in the fight against human trafficking. There will be more than 500 attendees.

3.20.13 CAMBODIA – A WALK THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD….our last day in Cambodia

CAMBODIA

final thoughts as our last day begins…

I am filled with gratitude for the time spent here and would love to share

a few last thoughts about what I have learned–

I have learned that authentic love heals…
I have learned that although you can not hug saffron clad Monks you can always hug God…
          I have learned that there are certain animals, like crickets and tarantulas and red ants,that are really tasty treats to be consumed in some countries…like Cambodia…and I did…
I have learned that the darkness of injustice comes in many forms and we can all fight against it…
I have learned that there is never enough water to drink in a hot and humid country…
I have learned that Cambodian weddings are three days long and they start announcing them with
LOUD continuous music on HUGE loud speakers at about 4:30 am…
I have learned that history can be found in stone ruins that speak of beauty and violence and present and future…
I have learned that people are resilient even when their culture has suffered horrific atrocities…
and most importantly, I have learned that a group of 8 Abolitionists committed to social justice can make a difference in the world…and will continue to do so.

Thanks for walking with us on this journey. God has been good to us as we have held hands and walked along side both the pain of injustice and the promise of justice.

Much love from Carol Damonte and the 7 other Abolitionists, Dylan, Andrew, Janice, Judith, Dave, Phil and Kim

OUR FINAL WALK THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD

        

   
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-A HAPPY BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR DYLAN AND DAVID-

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  -OUR HOTEL- THE GOLDEN BUTTERFLY VILLA-

  

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…AND NOW IT’S TIME TO FLY HOME WHERE WE WILL MOVE BEYOND THE PLACES OF COMFORT

AND INTO THE CALL OF JUSTICE FOR ALL.

MAY GOD’S GRACE AND BLESSING BE ON THE PEOPLE OF CAMBODIA

 

3.16,18,19.13 CAMBODIA- THE RUINS OF ANGKOR WAT

Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different

capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations.

Three days were spent wandering the ruins of this incredible complex of ruins. We walked through hundreds of doorways with hallways that extended at times into blackness.

We looked through countless windows framing new visions for our western minds.

We gazed upon reliefs that told stories of wars and love, of gods and goddesses

We made our way through water bottles by the score , saw a million beautiful faces, and wiped the sweat from our brow more times than we thought possible.

And this is what we saw….ruins, faces, reliefs, our team, experiences that made us smile, favorite moments, light, experiences of connection, textures, colors, shadows, and reflections.

These were three days where history met present as we dreamed of a better tomorrow.

Enjoy our view of Cambodia through ruins and new life.

Carol Damonte and the 7 other Abolitionists, Dylan, Andrew, Dave, Judith, Janice, Kim and Phil

THE RUINS

    

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FACES OF THE TEAM

     

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MY FAVORITES

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3.18.13 CAMBODIA- Another Methodist school to start our day

IT’S ALL ABOUT EDUCATION…

Funny, education is becoming the golden ticket in Cambodia.

People will lie for it, steal for it, beg for it, pay for it, get scholarships for it,

and rise with the early morning sun to be a part of it.

Education is everything and people are starting to understand that.

With approximately 56% of the population under 18 years old, education is critical

to growing and reviving a country destroyed by the Khmer Rouge.

One of the more calculated moves of the paranoid Khmer Rouge was to kill all the educated,

talented, artistic, gifted, powerful people; bottom line, anyone who could contribute to the

country’s success, or, in other words, anyone who was a threat to the top leaders.

As Aristotle Onassis once said,

“It is during our darkest moments

that we must focus to see the light.”

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WELCOME TO THE CLASSROOM

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“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle,

and the life of the candle will not be shortened.

Happiness never decreases

by being shared.

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Buddha

 

3.17.13 CAMBODIA- a day of worship and gratitude

TODAY WAS A DAY OF WORSHIP…

BOTH INSIDE THE CHURCH AND OUT IN THE WORLD.

WORSHIP IN THE COUNTRYSIDE…GOTTA GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO THE MUSICIANS!

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AT THE END OF WORSHIP WE GATHERED AS A GLOBAL WORSHIP TEAM MADE UP OF LEADERS FROM

CAMBODIA , SINGAPORE, AND THE UNITED STATES.  OH TO BE PART OF A CONNECTIONAL CHURCH SYSTEM.

GO JOHN WESLEY AND METHODISM!

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THIS PICTURE IS A TRIBUTE TO ALLIE HACKER, ONE OF THE HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH AT LAUMC,

WHO COMES  TO CHURCH BAREFOOT ALMOST EVERY SUNDAY.  LIKE THESE TWO YOUNG GIRLS,

SHE TOO LIVES OUT THE SCRIPTURES BY TAKING OFF HER SHOES TO STAND ON HOLY GROUND.

AND, YES, I EVEN PREACHED BAREFOOT!

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THE BLESSING CENTER, A NEW METHODIST CHURCH IN THE COUNTRYSIDE, TAKES FORM AS JOSEPH’S DREAM BEGINS TO GROW.

(includes sanctuary, parsonage, education center,dormatories for girls, and a future senior center)

A MOMENT OF VISION CASTING, SHARING OF DREAMS, AND SACRED WORSHIP WITH OUR TEAM,

THE NEW CARE TAKERS ON THE CHURCH GROUNDS, AND JOSEPH AND MARILYN CHAN,

OUR UNITED METHODIST MISSIONARIES. THIS WAS ONE OF THOSE QUIET TIMES OF REFLECTIVE

WORSHIP AND SHARING THAT TOOK PLACE OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.

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WHILE WE WERE STANDING IN THE BLESSING CENTER  (SANCTUARY) FOLLOWING OUR TIME OF WORSHIP,

ANDREW LOOKED AT DYLAN AND SAID, “HEY, WE SHOULD COME BACK IN 10 YEARS WITH OUR OWN KIDS

AND SEE WHAT THIS HAS GROWN INTO. ” DYLAN LOOKED OUT AT THE LAND AND SAID IN A REFLECTIVE TONE,

“YEA!”  THIS WAS A TIME OF BLESSING IN AND OF ITSELF.

 

THE METHODIST SCHOOL OF SIEM REAP

WE TOOK A SIDE TRIP OUT TO THE METHODIST SCHOOL SO WE COULD SEE WHAT WAS HAPPENING

WITH EDUCATION. WHAT WE HAVE COME TO UNDERSTAND IS ONE OF THE MAIN WAYS TO BREAK THE CYCLE

OF POVERTY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS TO EDUCATE CHILDREN.  WHEN ONE IS EDUCATED,

CHOICES IN LIFE GROW. WHEN ONE ISN”T, EXPLOITATION IS RAMPANT, YOUNG BODIES,

MINDS AND SOULS ARE VIOLATED, DREAMS ARE CHRUSHED,

LIVES ARE DESTROYED, AND FAMILIES ARE BROKEN.

TO EDUCATE OR NOT TO EDUCATE…IT’S A PRETTY EASY CHOICE TO MAKE.

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AT THE END OF THE DAY IT WILL BE THE BEAUTY OF JUSTICE THAT WILL FLOWER AND GROW IF WE TAKE A STAND FOR ALL OF GOD’S CHILDREN.