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LOVE AND PEACE GLOBAL SAI YOUTH NEWSLETTER - ISSUE 42

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Issue 42 - October 22, 2017
Inspirational Note...
Bring up your children well with Devotion for God. They have been sent as gifts from God. They may have been born through you, but they are not because of you. From all the Lokas, the great seers and sages are descending on earth in a very rapid pace. They are finding their births in the wombs of sacred women, in the holy and devoted families. It is your duty to take care of them and grow them up the way God wants and hand over to God.

Everyone else will be forgotten except those who are part of His story because He is never forgotten. Be happy you have earned this merit out of the penance from many births. You must use it well. Whenever God came, there were not too many people around Him to do His work. There were very few. There were always more opposing God than helping. Look at the life of any Avatar. People who were with the Avatar to do the work were few. But those opposing were more. Therefore, it is a typical trait of the Avatar, that He brings few people to work with Him, to help change others.

-- The Divine Discourse (October 7, 2017), Dr Jorge Berra & Mrs Rosanna Berra Residence, Escobar, Argentina
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Service Updates
Small Actions, Big Smiles
In September mothers who have given birth recently received nappies and covers for the new-born children, small kids got baby clothes, toys and cleaning supplies and the bigger ones received clothes, books, pencil cases and teddy bears. The youth spend their time with them by reading books, playing with balloons, painting and singing, everything to make the children and their relatives happy. When the relatives see that their kids are smiling, they feel more relaxed and comfortable to overcome the situation.
Edmonton, Alberta
Service Expansion
With Bhagawan's grace, food packets were served as usual to needy friends on the streets of downtown Edmonton, Tent City Surrey and Vancouver BC. Expansion was done in gathering the youths of multi-faiths across the Edmonton Alberta area. These youths showed a great deal of enthusiasm and acknowledged Bhagawan's divine mission.
Northern California Youth
The youth of Northern California meet every Saturday and come together with a feeling of unity and love with only one purpose, that is to serve fellow neighbours of the society that are deprived of the basic needs like shelter and food. The volunteers cook different breakfast items like burritos, hot soup and such, then serve in the streets of San Jose.
The forest fire that started in Santa Rosa in the early hours of Monday, October 9, 2017, left a devastating effect. More than fifty thousand people were evacuated in the first five days. Bhagawan often says that ' whatever you think as yours can be taken anytime' and we, as humans sometimes tend to overlook such divine statements fromBhagawan 
Huntsville, Alabama
Seva for Lower-Income Individuals
October 5, 2017
Many individuals from marginalised communities, such as those of the LGBTQ and Undocumented Americans, require food assistance just to survive. Bhagawan has taught everyone that any good work is God's work, and that His devotees can freely partner with individuals from other organisations. Sai youth in Huntsville, Alabama, USA joined a group of young men and women from Circle K International (CKI), a collegiate affiliate of the local Kiwanis Clubs in the Northern part of the United States of Alabama, to serve again at the Manna House.
Southern California
Santa Ana Homeless Service
This month the youth of Southern California served approximately one hundred homeless friends with breakfast burritos and water. The summer has been very hot and water is generally never enough. 
Each person's face lit up when they received the breakfast. It brought a feeling of happiness for the volunteers when they saw that they had touched someone's life. The experience is very uplifting and rewarding.
Houston,Texas
Hurricane Harvey Relief Seva
As the city of Houston slowly but steadily recovers from one of the worst natural disasters to hit America, the Houston Sai youth have been actively volunteering to help out their fellow embodiments of love in these desperate times of need. Owing to the persistence of Hurricane Harvey over Houston for over three whole days, the city experienced unprecedented levels of rainfall and flooding causing widespread devastation.
Transformation 
Mexico Earthquake Rescue Efforts
On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, around midday, an earthquake shook the central region of Mexico.

 In many areas of Mexico City, the alarm did not sound, and many people were not able to evacuate.

Most of us didn't realise the magnitude of the event until we saw the news. Seeing the photos and videos that night, showing the damage, we felt compassion and sadness.
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On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, around midday, an earthquake shook the central region of Mexico. In many areas of Mexico City, the alarm did not sound, and many people were not able to evacuate.

In spite of the quake, I could hear screams from my neighbour, who was terrified because she was looking after her granddaughter and afraid to leave her apartment. When everything finally stopped shaking I left my apartment and helped them get down to the street where many people were gathered, afraid to go back in the buildings.
Most of us didn´t realise the magnitude of the event until we saw the news. Seeing the photos and videos that night, showing the damage, we felt compassion and sadness. The phone lines were saturated, making it impossible to communicate with each other.
The zones less affected were left without services such as power, water and internet. Certain building had lost their facades or part of their walls. Others were more affected, many collapsing, destroying people´s belongings and property.
Mexico Earthquake Rescue Efforts
In other areas, people were less fortunate and were trapped under the rubble when they didn´t have time to get out. Slowly the list of missing persons began to go down.
Some towns near Mexico City lost everything. They were left without medicines and food. No one was able to give them medical attention or help remove the rubble to look for their family members.
In the midst of so much horror and pain, the citizens united and mobilised in just a  few hours. Brigades were formed at midnight and tents put up to plan what was to be done. In my heart I asked Swami to enlighten me and allow me to help.
The next day I got some gloves and a helmet and went to some of the sites that were forming brigades through the internet. When I arrived, I was moved by the number of people offering to help. The crowd was so large that I wasn´t able to offer my services. Long lines of volunteers had formed offering to help search for people trapped under building. Crews were organised to enter as carefully as possible due to the large number of volunteers gathered there. However, once the crowd was silenced to begin work, the people raised their fists in a sign of unity, and the only sound that could be heard was the traffic in distant streets.
All along the streets, people were collecting provisions, bottled water, offering their homes for the people who had lost theirs. Groups of motorcyclists travelled all over the city carrying provisions, many construction workers came to help. Restaurants and cafes offered free meals for the volunteers. Many buses passed carrying people to other towns and cities with shovels and sledgehammers.
 took a taxi to get from one place to another wherever I could help. When we got there and tried to pay, the taxi driver just shook his head, saying "The ride´s free, thanks for helping." We thanked him and got out.
In spite of the fact that most businesses and institutions were closed, the streets were full of people showing their solidarity and love for their fellow Mexicans, in spite of the fear of a possible collapse in the area. They just wanted to offer their support of food, water, clothes or words of consolation.
The first night, like many others, I had a hard time sleeping. I was afraid to close my eyes, but I also felt ashamed thinking of Swami. In spite of trying all day, I hadn´t been able to help anyone and I was afraid He would think I was lazy and cowardly.
The next day I remembered hearing about a donation centre for provisions and medicines in a nearby park. I went there and said that I wanted to help. I was assigned the area of food where we began receiving kilos of food, canned goods, hygiene products, toys, clothes, blankets and tools.

We were told to unload trucks and distribute supplies we had put together with love, as well as the love from those who had donated the provisions after driving across town to donate them. People passing in their cars noticed our banners hung in the street, asking for personal hygiene products or nappies for the people who had lost their homes. Many, many of them came back after going to buy these things at the store. Many used their cell phones to share the information on social media.
Everyone there were volunteers, many sleeping in the park because they had lost their homes. Others had to take public transportation, travelling more than an hour to reach the park. At the end of the shift, they had to make the same trip home to rest up and come back the next day. Sometimes members of the rescue brigade would ask for food and water. They looked exhausted and were covered in dust. They always came back each day.
The neighbours would come out and offer their bathrooms, food or places just to rest. Therapists, psychologists, doctors, clowns for the children came to help, and brigades of cooks would bring trays of hot food to feed us. Young people would give us bags of candy or fruit. Shelters were opened for people and their pets, who also received food. After a few days I was sent to the area for medicines and treatment, where we packed gauze, syringes, cotton, bandages and medicines. The task was the same:  help anyone, show them that they are not alone or abandoned. Over the weekend I donated blood and had to wait hours in line because so many had showed up to do the same thing.
Although much is still to be done, we are very grateful to the rest of the country, for the international rescue brigades, to the press and the neighbours and people who donated to the rescue people or who gave provisions.
Over the past few days Swami has allowed me to know so many new people, and often we didn´t know each other´s names. Some of them I have seen again in the park, others had to return home after first donating provisions. Daphne, the group coordinator, told me that she has three small children who she left with her mother in another state to be able to dedicate all her timed to the centre.
So many people have passed through that park, through all the parks with donation centres, like where I am doing Seva, that for a short time I forget that we are all one and that among so many strangers, Swami has allowed me to know Him through the hands that help others selflessly.

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