What did you do Spring break? We BUilt THree homes in Mexico!
Before we built Rosa and her daughter Luz two homes, they were living in two rooms made of pallets and cardboard with ten children. Rosa cares for five grandchildren, in addition to helping Luz with her children. These twelve people lived together in this tiny house, with only cardboard separating them from the wind, rain and desert sun. Our other family, Dolores, her husband, and two children (one with special needs) were living in a small, borrowed trailer.
This spring break, a team of nearly 40 people built three homes and started building another home for a pastor in San Luis de Colorado, Mexico. We work with the Mexican organization DIF (the department for women and children), which helps us select the families we build for each year.
You may watch a video made by team member Miles Dixon about his experience:
WhAT IS GAGA (GET AWAY GIVE AWAY)?
Every Spring Break, for the past thirty-five years, EFC has built homes in Mexico for people in need. We call this mission trip GAGA, which stands for "Get Away Give Away". Former EFC pastor Clyde Parker started this trip as a youth mission trip, with an initial goal of building 250 homes. We have surpassed that goal, and over 260 homes have been built by Eugene Friends. Hundreds of other homes have been built by the many church groups that have spun off from our organization.
We are a loving group of people who are focused on our mission. We travel and work together, we sleep in tents in the desert, and we worship together every morning. Our commitment is to honor the One we serve. This commitment includes serving one another.
WHO CAN COME?
Those with servant hearts. You do not have to be a church member or hold Christian beliefs to participate. We ask that you keep in mind that it will be a Jesus-focused time of service and ministry.
All ages are welcome. We have had people in their nineties on the trip, and there is something for everyone to do. However, children under ninth grade must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
No construction experience is necessary, as long as you are willing to learn.
Participants come from all over Oregon and other states as well.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST (2019 TRIP)
Cost of the trip has not been determined for 2019, but it will be around $600.00 for individual team members. This includes $170 to purchase construction materials.
Three, four or five from the same family will bring a reduction in that cost.
I'M INTERESTED. WHAT DO I DO NOW?
Click to download the application and registration packet. This will be available by November 2018. Mail 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 email@example.com.
EFC will host an informational meeting for the 2019 trip sometime in December of 2018. Please look for postings on our Facebook site or here.
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO TO HELP?
Be a part of our planning for next year's trip. As usual, we will hope to have funds to build at least three 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!