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Be the Cause visits Orphanage Casa De Paz orphanage in Mexico

Casa De PazFor 12 BTC volunteers, ending 2008 could not have been done in a better way than visiting the children of the Casa de Paz (House of Peace) orphanage Baja California, Mexico. Spending four fabulous, action-packed days with 46 children of all ages and developmental abilities taught the BTC team that unconditional love, persistence, frienship and faith are just around the corner. The children and the staff of Casa de Paz demonstrated that to live in brotherly love, one merely has to open one’s heart and live each moment to the fullest. Despite the fact that Casa de Paz is in serious danger of closing its doors this year, they experience each moment as a child does: with wonder, excitement and intense curiosity about what’s around the corner. Despite the loving environment at Casa de Paz, the fact remains that there are serious economic pressures threatening the sustainability of the home. To help keep the doors of Casa de Paz open, please feel free to make a donation: Please indicate if you would the like the funds to got to Casa De Paz.

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See the video on a play the kids put together:

More information on the next Be the Cause Service Vacation to South Dokota:

Thanks and stay tuned for a future Evening of Awareness on our trip!

It’s the simple things…

Our friend Nirali was so right. Sometimes it’s the simple things that can be the most meaningful. This is what struck me last night at the Seva Café. Hugs among old friends – and new friends. Smiles of understanding between perfect strangers. Tasty food to please the senses, and simply beautiful musical artistry to delight and amuse the spirit. Little notes (and doodles) of gratitude and encouragement. Big messages of inspiration in the making (for the Walk for Hope).

Also, random acts of kindness, likely happening all over the place. One simple, beautiful act that I witnessed was a guest inviting a hungry homeless woman off the street to dine with her and her daughter.

On a personal note, I had been looking forward to being a server again last night, mainly because I wanted to get better at it compared to how I felt I’d done on opening night. I just hadn’t felt I’d truly done justice to the whole mind-boggling concept. As it turned out, I was assigned the maitre d role this time. I soon discovered that each time I explained this crazy, radical “experiment” to a new guest, and watched their reactions, the more in sunk in for me. And the more I observed our simple, human interactions, the more I knew we must be on the right track. It doesn’t really matter what my role is. We must be doing something right.

Thank you ALL for the opportunity to be a part of it.

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