Build a Miracle, a San Diego-based nonprofit, builds homes for needy families in Tijuana, and recently partnered with Good Samaritan in University City. A $10,000 investment is required for construction costs and then the church also raised funds to collect an additional $2,500 to help furnish the home. They sent volunteers to Tijuana three Saturdays over a two-month period to assist with construction, painting, drywalling, etc. The family getting the home worked with them so they had lots of opportunity to interact, play soccer with the kids, etc. All ages went to the site (ages 6 and up). The Good Samaritan folks drove to Otay Mesa and walked across the border. Build a Miracle then had buses transport everyone to the construction site.
The volunteers at Good Sam thought the program was incredibly well-organized and well-run and found the experience transformative. This might be a really great project for a few churches to collaborate on. Maybe it could be one of our quarterly collaborative projects in 2015? Here’s the Build a Miracle website for more info: www.buildamiracle.net
As I write, 18 children and one teacher have been reported dead at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas after yet another school shooting. The anguish, trauma, and fear of students, parents, and teachers touched by this violence is unimaginable. Today’s shooting affects young children, who have the right to grow up safe and protected […]
This year, May 30th is our nation’s Memorial Day, it is observed on the last Monday of May, and it honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Going back to the Civil War, where nearly 500,000 people died, women in the South tended the graves of fallen soldiers, not […]
This past Sunday, the EDSD Youth Leadership Council gathered at St. Thomas of Canterbury in Temecula. After worship that morning, the council spent time reflecting on their work this year and talking about goals for next year’s council. Elizabeth Sipra, a member of this year’s YLC from St. Thomas, said, “I think that Youth Leadership […]