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Trinity Church members Steve Andrew (center), Kathy Engelmann (right) and Katie Behroozi could be spotted around the mid-Peninsula today as they took turns pedaling a GAIA bike ambulance, a replica of similar bikes used every day in rural Africa to transport critically ill patients across dirt roads to the nearest clinic or hospital.

Their goal was to raise awareness about the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (GAIA), a California-based non-profit organization providing basic health services in AIDS-stricken rural communities in Malawi. In the fall of 2013, Trinity Church began a three year sponsorship of Magombo village.

“The bike relay is an effort to underscore the need for more healthcare workers and better access to critical care in Sub-Saharan Africa, a problem made glaringly evident during the current Ebola outbreak in Western Africa” says GAIA Senior Program Officer and Trinity Church member, Laurie Hunter.

GAIA bikes rolling into trinity

Nearly 2,000 miles away from the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak, Malawi grapples with a dearth of trained healthcare workers as it responds to a devastating HIV epidemic. GAIA is working to stop AIDS in its tracks by connecting rural Malawians to critical care by traveling “the last mile” to deliver healthcare to remote villages.

Each of a fleet of seven GAIA Mobile Health Clinics with the help of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation sees an average of 150 patients per day, at a cost of three dollars per patient. In addition, GAIA’s Villages Program has operated in 177 villages across Malawi to date where local women are trained as Community Caregivers providing health education, youth engagement, orphan and hospice care.

GAIA villages receive a bicycle ambulance like the one the Trinity members rode today. “Pulling it isn’t easy,” said Katie. “Thank goodness for Steve – he’s a beast!”

Photos by Linda Hubbard

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Summer adventure: Walking the Camino de Santiago with Trinity Church group

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In the post and photos below, M-A grad Annalise Deal, who heads for Boston College this fall, talks about her summer experience walking the Camino de Santiago. We’d like to hear how other Menlo Park and Atherton residents spent their summer vacation. Send stories/photos to tips@inmenlo.com. “The Camino has been a gift, pay it forward.” I read […]

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Spotted: Beautiful rose in the garden at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

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We guess we shouldn’t be surprised that the well-tended rose garden at Trinity Church in Menlo Park would yield such a beautiful rose. But we think photographer Gillian Bostock captured it perfectly.

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Charity rummage sale at St. Bede’s in Menlo Park on June 28 will benefit GAIA

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St. Bede’s semi-annual rummage sale offers clothes, shoes, books, CDs, household items, toys, knickknacks, craft items and more — you never know what treasures you’ll find — plus free refreshments. The church promises prices that are famously low and friendly volunteers to help you find what you are looking for. The sale takes place in Lehman Hall, the […]

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Barbara Wilcox hopes to go on MPPC mission trip using unique fundraising approach

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Barbara Wilcox is a relatively new resident of Menlo Park, but the street she lives on has historical roots. It was once the site of Camp Fremont’s bakery. Barbara knows little nuggets of facts like this because the World War I training camp is the subject of her Master’s thesis at Stanford. A former journalist, […]

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Trinity Church kids put Easter baskets together for shelter kids

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Parishioner Holly Tambling orchestrated another beautiful building of Easter baskets at Trinity Church this morning. About 300 baskets with books,  stuffed animals, toys, candy and more were built and will beBe delivered to local shelters.

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Broader community invited to participate in MPPC’s Compassion Weekend – March 29-30

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With the goal of making service simple, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and its Open Door Church campuses invite the public to join in serving on 33 projects on Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30 — its ninth annual Compassion Weekend. This year, there are opportunities for 4,500 volunteers to participate. To sign up, visit http://cw2014.org. […]

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Photographer Scott R. Kline goes annually on a mission trip to Juarez, a time that stays with him heart and mind

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“You are going to Juarez? Why? Isn’t it dangerous?” This is a typical response every year when we prepare to head to Ciudad Juarez Mexico to build houses, treat sick people, and work with our sponsored students. I can’t really blame people. One doesn’t hear much positive about Juarez. But it is a great experience […]

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As practitioner and church leader, Elizabeth Schwartz anchors her life through Christian Science

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Vocation and avocation converge in the life of Menlo Park resident Elizabeth Schwartz in her dual roles as Christian Science practitioner and First Reader at her local church. While she was raised a Christian Scientist, she acknowledges that she “made my faith my own while in college.” “It was then that I recognized that it […]

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Handbells add to the sound of Christmas at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

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People hear the word “choir” and most often think of voices, but Trinity Church in Menlo Park has a choir of a different sort, a dozen or so people who are part of a handbell choir called Trinity Ringers. The group will be accompanying a string quartet and vocal choir at the 6:00 pm service […]

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Tim Williams is man behind at the scenes at MPPC’s Christmas Eve services

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Eight thousand people will come to one of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church‘s 10 Christmas Eve services, so  Director of Worship Tim William has much to orchestrate. Along with other staff members, he’ll oversee the 100-person all volunteer choir and musicians. Everyone seems up to the challenge, bound by shared beliefs. “The theme this year is Christmas […]

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