Category Archives: Miracles

Day of Miracles

I had another day of miracles I need to tell you about. I was in Tijuana last week with 42 USU students. Some were construction and some pre dental . I rode out to LaGloria with the dental and the construction group took the big Charity anywhere van. When we arrived, the van was steaming. A hose had sprung a leak. We filled it up with water and then I had the pre dental students follow me to the dental office they were going to work in. I knew I would have to get the van fixed soon or it would ruin the engine without water. As we approached the dental office I parked on the wrong side of the street. When I got out of the van a man in an Explorer spoke perfect English saying” What are you doing man???” He saw that the van was steaming. I found out he was American. I said our van had sprung a leak and I needed to get it fixed. He said that the other guy in his Explorer was a mechanic. Did I want him to look at it. Within a minute he had the bad hose out showing me the leak. One block away was a auto parts store. Within 20 minutes, the van was fixed. If I had not parked on the wrong side of the street or been 5 minutes earlier or later I would never had met this guy.

I returned to the orphanage in La Gloria and took some orphans to the next dental office. I also had to deliver one volunteer to another construction project. When we arrived at the construction site, everyone was gone. I left him there and started to the orphanage. A white car pulls up with 4 pre dental students. They were lost and could not find the dental office I had just been to. They followed me to the office. If I had been 2 minutes earlier or later they would never had seen me.

At the end of the day I had to go rendezvous with Padre jaime in La gloria. As I drove down main street of La Gloria I saw the 2 American girls we have staying at the orphanage walking in the middle of the street. I picked them up and invited them to come with me to meet with Padre Jaime. They had never met him and needed to see his program. If I had been 2 minutes earlier or later I would never had seen them.

At the end of the day, I had been directed by powers beyond me to accomplish the work that needed to be done.

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Witness: The True Meaning of Christmas

This video chronicles the experiences of individuals who contributed work and time over their Christmas holiday to serve the impoverished residents of Agua Prieta, Mexico. They bare witness to the POWER of SELFLESS SERVICE.

Music by Collective Soul David Arkenstone Shalyn Strait and Katherine Cottam Yanni

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdq52hOWku0

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Witness: The True Meaning of Christmas

This video chronicles the experiences of individuals who contributed work and time over their Christmas holiday to serve the impoverished residents of Agua Prieta, Mexico. They bare witness to the POWER of SELFLESS SERVICE.

Music by Collective Soul David Arkenstone Shalyn Strait and Katherine Cottam Yanni

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdq52hOWku0

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Dentist in Tijuana Mexico

For the last 20 years Charity Anywhere Foundation has helped volunteers go into poor areas and help on medical/dental expeditions or have worked with volunteers build and repair homes in poor neighborhoods in Central and South America and Mexico. There goal was to provide better homes and better medical advantages for those who were struggling in poverty. There have many stories to be told. But this one helped the volunteers to understand that their service was more than providing a better place to live.

Many years ago a religious group came to a poor village in Mexico. They worked together to build homes for some of those who desperately needed adequate places to live. A little girl named Juana lived in that village. Her family was very poor and lived in very challenging circumstances. She knew she was poor and would never be able to raise her head above poverty. Her eyes were cast down because she thought she had no worth. But that year these wonderful people from America came again and chose her family to assist. They spent many days hammering and pounding and painting. To her amazement, they build a nice house for her family where they could live and be safe. The Americans were smiling and playing with her. She was so happy. She began to think that if these wonderful people would build a house for her family that she must be important afterall. She thought that maybe she was an important person.

The years went by and little Juana changed her attitude and her thinking. She worked very hard so that she could go to school. In school she studied every day so that she would do well and could get a job to help her family and others. She realized that she was smart and could learn hard things. As she finished high school she determined that she wanted to be a dentist. She knew she could do it. She continued to study and work hard and soon she graduated dental school.

Dr. Juana Ramirez now works in her own office in the outskirts of Tijuana. She said that she knows how important it is to have Americans come to help. She now donates some of her time to work with the students and families who come to her area with Charity Anywhere Foundation. She wants others to have the same experience that she had. She wants other children to know that they have value and can do great things. Thanks to Dr. Ramirez, many families are able to have free dental care through CAF and their volunteers. She said that she hopes that there will be a brighter future to all those that experience the generosity of these young Americans. She envisions the changes one child at a time.

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Leper Bandages to India

A member of our advisory counsel, Chris Howell, is now in India at a leper colony. She contacts us each week. I was at the humanitarian center last week and saw some leper bandages there. I asked what they were doing with them. Nothing. They were sending them to local hospitals as normal bandages. I asked if I could have them. They gave me all they had and promised to save them for me. We will be sending leper bandages to India soon.

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Miracle $10

I was out last week doing some shopping for Charity Anywhere Foundation. During my search for a Home Depot, I pull over to the side of the road and ask this young man for directions to the nearest Home Depot. He was very nervous and I could tell he was mentally challenged. He told me where the nearest Home Depot was but then asked for $5’s. His friends had brought him to this local town and left him. He had no way to get back home since he had no money and the trolley cost $5. He was also hungry. I could tell he was very distressed and upset that his friends would do that to him. I reached in my pocket and out came a $10 bill. I gave it to him.

I then went to Home Depot and was looking for a plastic tote box to ship to Ecuador. I was having a challenge on finding the right box. A lady came up and asked if she could help me. I explained what I needed and took me to the very spot where there were many boxes. I explained that I needed the box to be padlocked when shipping. She asked me what I was using it for. I told her that it would carry medical and dental equipment and supplies for our charity work in Ecuador. She proceeded to tell me she was the manager and I could have the tote box for free since it was for charity. What are the chances that the store manager would come up to you to help you find an item. Yes, you guessed it, it cost $11.00. My $10 bill to the stranger was quickly recovered.

BE GOOD AND DO GOOD. Gordon Carter

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