We had a lovely day for the walk around the lovely Lake Merritt in Oakland Calif. There were several guests speakers talking to the walkers, on the genocide around the world.
One man has lived in Rwanda along with his family and they were there to help the country with health, schooling etc. He and his family were there in 1999 when the genocide started. He said if it weren't for the women in that country, he doesn't know what would have happened.
Men came with machetes and rifles and were just killing people, children included and when they came to their compound the women talked to the men and told them how much we had helped the people in the area. So we were spared, but so many were killed around us. It was horrific to experience such bloodshed and for what, because the governing officials just wanted to get rid of people.
We were very proud to participate in such a beginning of awareness, this is only the second year that it has been held and from the looks of it, it was quite successful. They had people from all different areas that have faced genocide. The people held up their signs high and proudly as we marched behind. They had musicians, speakers, lots of tables with petitions to sign and lots of literature that was available to people who were there. So it was a very rewarding experience for the five of us and we were glad to be able to walk for such a worthy cause.
Race and Religion Chair
Guatemala Medical Mission
Every year, nurses and doctors and other helpers go to Guatemala and serve hundreds of people who need medical treatment.
Guatemala Medical Mission July 2011
Prosperity Team-Prosperity Team: They are working on how to secure resources to support local and global missions.
Religion and Race: They become advocates for the equal rights of all races and the peaceful living together with all different races.
Homeless mission: We cook and serve homeless people for the Single shelter, family shelter, and combined shelters. From October to April, we have Winter Nights to provide shelter for the homeless in this area in cooperation with other churches in this area. Once a year, we have memorial service for the homeless people who passed away that year.
Meals on Wheels: We deliver meals to the home-bound people when they request the service.
Heifer Project: We raise funds through Bike-A-Thon (about 10 thousand dollars a year) and buy animals for the poor farmers. Ox, Cow, Pig, Ram, Goat, Chicken, etc. will be purchased and delivered to the farmers.
Habitat for Humanity: We build houses for the people in poor areas in cooperation with non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity.
S.H.A.R.E.S: It is an acronym for Supporting Humanities, Arts, Recreation, Education & Sports in our community. We raise funds through our grocery shopping for local missions this way.