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Volunteering at Christmas
"You and I, we are the Church, no?
We have to share with our people.
Suffering today is because people are hoarding,
not giving, not sharing.
Jesus made it very clear. Whatever you do to the least
of my brethren, you do it to me. Give a glass of water,
you give it to me. Receive a little child, you receive me."
... Mother Teresa of Calcutta ...
Missionaries of Charity
Our first stop was at the Missionaries of Charity (MCs)
in Phoenix. This is the organization founded by Mother
Teresa in India. There are four Indian nuns here. The
Superior, Sister Judy, said that she knew Mother Teresa,
and that she was a wonderful woman. In this photo Andrew
and Ken pose with Mary Ann on the left and with Clissene,
foreground, and Jamal in the back (all volunteers).
More on Clissene later.
Here Kayla and Stephanie help Jamal and Mary Ann prepare
Tacos for the nine men and eleven women at the MCs shelter.
The men are homeless and the women are either homeless,
battered or single and expecting. Several of the
residents and the other volunteers thanked us for our help.
Kayla and Stephanie with Clissene. Clissene is a VERY
special person. She is building her own ministry for the
Yavapai and Apache native Americans on the Ft. McDowell
reservation. She is related to both tribes. She lives with
the Sisters. If you wish to donate to the Missionaries of
Charity, send donations to:
The Missionaries of Charity, 1414 S. 17th Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85007.
Reference Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity info by clicking here
Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. Access her
biography at the Nobel site here
Our afternoon volunteer work was at Maggie's Place. Maggie's Place
is a home for unwed mothers. Here we are gathered with
some of the gals staying at Maggie's. They were very appreciative
of our help. Hey, what's Kayla up to?
We raked up the yard, weed-wacked, removed the Christmas tree
and other minor chores. Behind the kids are the rooms for
women who have had their children. They can stay there for up
to nine months after the birth(s).
This was a very nice place. Here you can see "Maggie's Garden"
where the gals can grow their own veggies. Each gal will
put in an eight hour day helping around the place.
Here the crew is standing on a stair landing underneath a
mural of the "Tree of Life". Each leaf is a copper plate with the name
of a baby who was born here. Each name represents a child
saved from abortion. Mother Teresa said that abortion is the
biggest obstacle to world peace.
We left Maggie's Place in the late afternoon, wishing them
all the best in the future...
Visit the Maggie's Place web site by clicking here
"We cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love"
... Mother Teresa ...
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