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GET AWAY GIVE AWAY

We are excited to announce the success of our 2024 Mexico house-building Trip!

2024 TRIP - Our group was thrilled to complete the building of almost two homes in San Luis this March.  We are looking forward to our next trip during Spring Break 2025.

 

HISTORY OF GAGA. For the past 40 years, groups under the umbrella of Eugene Friends Church have made Spring Break trips to Mexico to build houses and friendships. We have worked in cooperation with Mexican agencies to identify families that need secure housing. Our focus is on single women with children in hopes of seeing kids stay in school and find better health that comes with a solid house and sanitation. Partnership with local social agencies and municipal government is important for us to be a team rather than risk any sense that we know how to solve the problems of another culture. Most of our team comes from some kind of faith community though there is no affiliation requirement to be part of this project.

We are a group that identifies with Jesus’ concern for the poor and oppressed and we see this as a real way to follow him. Most of our team comes from some kind of faith community though there is no affiliation requirement to be part of this project. As a group, we are very ordinary folks, most with little building experience, and all leadership is volunteer. Minimal overhead allows dollars to go as far as possible in getting homes built.

 

Watch Miles Dixon’s 2018 video for his impression of this trip.

THE TRIP

In Mexico, we stay at a fairly secure compound, where we camp together in tents. We have flushing toilets, a clean and coordinated kitchen space that keeps us fed, a basic shower building and neighbors that we love. Most of us travel in a caravan together, a few rendezvous with us, but we all look forward to new friendships and the community that comes with serving as the hands of Jesus to our world. Our lives have been made rich as we Get Away from our comfortable lives and Give Away our time, abilities and resources.

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COST AND REGISTRATION

Annual trip fees vary depending on our yearly donations received toward the trip.

 

The trip takes place annually during the 4J Spring Break - Roughly March 21 through March 30.

 

There is a reduction in registration price for those who arrange their own transportation.

Transportation and food are included in this price. A $200.00 deposit (and a completed registration) is due by January 15th. Full payment, to Eugene Friends Church, is due by March 1st.

There is a reduced cost for three or more family members.

 

Space is limited, so please register early.

 

 

 

Look for posts on our Facebook site www.facebook.com/EugeneFriendsChurchOfficial for updates and informational meeting times.

If you have questions, please contact us at eugenefriends3495@gmail.com

WHAT ELSE CAN I DO TO HELP?

Be a part of our planning for future trips. We always need funds to build at least two houses.

 

You may click on the "donate now" button or send a check to the EFC church office at 3495 W. 18th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97402. Specify "Mexico trip" on the memo line.

 

Thank you!

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On the building site - 2023.
GAGA Group Photo 2023
GAGA team preparing for departure.
2018 family Jesus Noe and Maria Delores and on of their daughters.
Clyde and Wendy Parker have been involved leaders since the beginning!
Children on the building site in 2017.
Before photo of Rosa's home - outside.
Before image of Rosa's home - interior.
Rosa's grandchildren.
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