Thursday, April 5, 2018

April Was Too Soon

Why the End of March?

The pain and reality of being double booked required my departure from S. Texas at the end of March instead of my middle April expectation.  Sweet are the memories of those who planned and attended the departure party in the re-purposed classroom.

I am home, but taking a on line course, Module 4, at  I’m preparing to obtain a certified laity position with the United Methodist Church

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Unexpected but Appreciated Help and Company

I had such a terrible experience on the roads in down town Houston on my way down, I emailed my daughter-in-law, Gale, asking her to find me a way to come home so I did not have to drive through downtown Houston. 

Her solution was better than I could have thought or imagined.  She flew down and drove me home!

My first breakfast on the the road in Texas was a dish titled, Eggs, Al La Mexicana.  It was delicious. 

Sure do love the hot sauces of Texas.

Unexpected Memory Trigger

Passing through a government check point brought back the many memories of my service with World Council of Churches in their Ecumenical Accompaniment Program Palestine Israel.

God has used that experience and the memories it triggers to help me "see" injustice that I had previously not identified and named.  

An awakening that has and is changing what I say and do.


Home in April

Looking out my window, I was greeted with SNOW.  Sad to see it, but VERY glad I did not have to drive in it.

The snow lasted only a day or two.   Soon we had "greenish brown" lawn again.

Even More Snow (A Primer for my Texas Friends)

April 4th I woke up to another storm.  I opened the Garage door to find a drift of about a foot high had blown against the door. 

It was garbage day and the trash bin had to go out by 6:30 AM.

Pulling the bin through the snow was not an easy task.  The strong wind made it even more difficult.

When the light of dawn came it showed the reality, the bin had been blown over by the strong wind. 

I had to go back out in the storm to set it upright.

The wind had been blowing so hard, that my previous tracks were already snow covered.

All was well, waiting.  

What I did not know was that the garbage service was canceled because of the weather.

The picture to the right is a picture of side-ways snow.

Sorry it is not really clear, 

When it is snowing and windy the snow comes down to the ground sideways.

Weather Matters

Remembering again how in Traverse City, MI the weather is an intrusion on scheduling.  I have been forced to stay home because of bad roads.  It is a good thing, however, I am getting a lot done on my class assignments!

Remember Refugees in Your Prayers

Many Are Facing Weather without Needed Protection

Another Glimpse of La Posada

Sharing My Reflections and Parts of a Newsletter

I am so happy to be able to stay connected through la Posada's Newsletter.  Below are parts of the newsletter and my reflections.  Please remember La Posada Providencia in your prayers and donations.

La Posada Providencia's E-Newsletter

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Those Who Inspire

 Sister Therese puts the final touches on the birthday cake.  Sister Zita is holding the individual cards each client created especially for her.  Sister Zita's love, the love of all the sisters and staff are God's Prevenient Grace flowing to the immigrants and asylum seekers at La Posada.

Program Director, Sister Zita Telkamp, CDP, is someone who comes to mind when contemplating inspiration. Anyone touched by La Posada during the past 10 years can certainly offer testimony of her daily activities that are inspiring. We are not sure when she sleeps because it seems she is always up and about attending to various client and staff needs. And, she does all of this at all times of the day and night! That is why it was very fitting that clients and staff stopped for a break to honor her and celebrate her birthday on March 23rd, with cake and ice cream.
Thank you Sister Zita for all you do!

Ever wonder who inspires someone like Sister Zita? Well, she recently told us of someone, a client, named Irma. When asked why, Sister stated “The reason why I find her inspiring is that she is 78 years old and very hard working. I have noticed her helping our cook in the kitchen, cleaning, and setting the table. She shows the energy of a younger person.”

We all need sources of inspiration to help us as we travel our life’s journey. May Providence shine on our inspirational heroes – those for whom we sing praises and those whose praises are yet to be sung.

On the Left is resident Irma.

Below are the residents helping celebrate Sister Zita's birthday.

Present Client Census: 15 Clients representing 9 different countries

5  Women:   2- Salvador, 1-Congo, 1-Guatemala, 1-Zimbabwe
3  Children:  1-El Salvador,1-Congo, 1-Guatemala
7  Men: 2-Mexico, 1-USA, 1-Cameroon, 2-Eritrea; 1-Rwanda

The Client Census above is a "snapshot" of the numbers on the Tuesday of the newsletter.  The reality is a constant flux of asylum seekers in and out. 

Family separation adds to the pain of the violence that causes the migration in the first place.  Many of the women are monitored as criminals.

The mothers have been separated from their spouses and children have been separated form their fathers by our immigration system's rules.  Above is the government bus from Dilly Detention Center bringing many to us for our care and repair.

Check out the many articles on the Internet about Dilly Family Detention Center, Dilly Texas. This detention center is where many mothers and children at La Posada were detained prior to coming to La Posada. 

Much is needed, Much is Required

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, then you are on the side of the oppressor (Desmond Tutu)

“What you did or failed to do you did for or failed to do for me,” Jesus.