GET AWAY GIVE AWAY
For 35 years a group of us, under the umbrella of Eugene Friends Church, have made a Spring Break trip 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 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.
A fairly secure compound, where we camp together, is our accommodation. 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 by bus, 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.
COST AND REGISTRATION
The cost of the 2019 trip is $620.00. The registration deadline is January 15, 2019. There is a reduced cost for three or more family members. Please look for posts on our Facebook site www.facebook.com/EugeneFriendsChurchOfficial for updates and informational meeting times.
Click to download the application and registration packet. Send, by January 20th, the completed registration and a $200.00 deposit to Eugene Friends Church at 3495 W. 18th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97402. Space will be limited. If you have questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO TO HELP?
Be a part of our planning for this year’s trip. We hope to have funds to build at least two houses. You may click on "donate now" above, 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!