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Mexico House-Building Trip, April 7–14, 2018

Come on one of Los Altos UMC’s Mexico trips and put your faith into action! The next trip is scheduled for April 7–14, 2018. We will build simple two-room houses for working people in Tecate. This trip will change your life as you get to know and fall in love with the people of Mexico who live and work in conditions very different from ours.

No power tools are used and no prior experience is necessary, so these experiences are great for the whole family. You don’t have to participate at Los Altos UMC to come on the trip: if you are interested, you are welcome!

Download the trip overview, FAQs, and registration form or pick up print copies of the informational flyers and registration form in the church entry or Creekside lobby. Completed registration forms and deposits are due January 3, with later registrations accepted if space is available. Financial assistance is available from the Mission Trip Scholarship Fund; please review the scholarship criteria and then submit the application form. For more information, contact Leslie Carmichael.

Another Habitat Success

Habitat family new houseOn January 10, volunteers from LAUMC as well as other local churches in the Habitat for Humanity All Faiths group began the demolition efforts on a “gut and rebuild” home in San Jose. Weekend efforts were coordinated over the past few months, including LAUMC volunteers, culminating in the dedication ceremony on May 1. The Palm Street, San Jose, home went from being the blight of the neighborhood to a sparkling new home in just 4.5 months. During the emotional dedication, the family members were given a hammer in recognition of their ‘sweat equity’ efforts, a Bible, and the symbolic key to their new home, prompting the husband to fall to his knee in gratitude. It was a joyous day recognizing another successful build and the celebration of a deserving family’s new home.

Would you like to be part of this story next time? Come be a volunteer on our next Habitat project. Contact Rick Arnesen for details.

Field Report: Tecate, Mexico

House building in TecateA team from LAUMC has been in Tecate, Mexico, this last week to build a house in a working poor community. Here is a shot of the team working on framing the walls. For more reports and photos from the trip, check out our mission blog.