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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

Maggie's Place

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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