The Guadalupe Workers are busy with several tasks–and we really need help!
Firstly, a mother whom we met a few years ago at the Ann Arbor Planned Parenthood was recently deported; her four children, however, were left behind. Two of those children are older and will remain with their Aunt here in the U.S. The mother, however, has asked the Guadalupe Workers to bring to her the youngest children, including the child rescued three years ago at the Planned Parenthood. The paperwork is done and the plane reservations are made. The trip, though, is leaving a large hole in our bank account, to the amount of about $4,000.
Secondly, the Workers have begun putting together the first Michigan Sidewalk Counseling Symposium, scheduled for September 29. This symposium is a cooperative effort with Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, Sidewalk Advocates, and others. Confirmed speakers include Walter Hoye, Anne Scheidler, David Bereit. These speakers are requesting only travel expenses in order to be with us on that day; yet, as you know, those expenses can be formidable (Walter and his wife are coming from California).
Thirdly, the Workers are still homeless. In our last newsletter, we expressed the desire to own our own home in Detroit. Just keeping up with the mother requests over the summer, though, has kept our account at subsistence level. So, we are still homeless, still looking. Fine tuning the request a bit, specifically what we seek is a larger home (2,000 sq ft) preferably on the southwest side.
Finally, our commitment to being on the sidewalk remains essential to our work. This summer, we’ve been going out on weekdays, thereby avoiding the escorts. By God’s grace, we’ve witnessed several turn-a-ways and have gladly accepted some costs in helping these mothers.
Please help us in any way you can; especially, remember us in prayer when we leave August 13 to return little Ernesto and his sister to their mother. We are flying into Mexico City but will need to drive north about three hours in order to meet their mother–and I’ve heard horror stories about driving in Mexico! (Though it can’t be worse than Chicago.)
President of Guadalupe Workers