.. rted forming groups that would travel to different parts of India. Homes were set up in Delhi, Jhansi, Agra, Patna, and other places. By 1962, there were 119 members of the Missionaries of Charity. Over 30 centers outside of Calcutta had been opened with the help of many contributions.
Mother Teresa traveled to the United States in 1960 and spoke in Las Vegas, Nevada. There, she received hundreds of donations for her work. Mother Teresa also traveled to Illinois, Washington DC, and New York collecting donations and meeting many people along the way. After Mother Teresa left the United States, she journeyed to England, Germany, and Rome. This trip gave many new ideas to Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa thought it would be a great idea to get some men involved to do the same type of work as the sisters were doing.
So, on March 25, 1963, twelve men went to live at the Home of the Immaculate Heart to start studying to prepare themselves for the missionary work. These men were headed by Brother Andrew, who later took the name of General Servant, and called the Missionary Brothers of Charity. Mother Teresa was able to buy them a small home where their headquarters would be located. The brothers went into the areas of Calcutta that were hard for the sisters to access and ran the men’s ward at the Home for the Dying. In no time at all, the brothers’ numbers grew. Soon, there were 44 houses around the world. In February of 1965, the Missionaries of Charity had been granted permission to work outside of India by the Pope because of the Second Vatican Council. This meant that Mother Teresa, with her 300 sisters, could help all the poor of the world. Their first home outside of India would be in Venezuela.
In Cocorote, Mother Teresa began her work. She was determined to help the women and children. There was a shortage of food, clothing, and medical care. Men usually took more than one wife, regardless if they could support their families or not. It was Mother Teresa’s goal to educate the women so that they could support themselves and their children.
Mother Teresa and the other sisters in Cocorote fixed up an old ruined hotel that they planned to use as their headquarters. It had been previously used as a dump and was very hard to renovate. The Missionaries soon had the hotel up and running and they taught the women how to type and sew. They also taught elementary school to the children and anyone who wanted to learn. In the 1960s and 1970s, over ten new houses were opened for the Missionaries of Charity in South America.
In 1968, Mother Teresa was given a special request from the Pope. Pope Paul VI requested that Mother Teresa open a house in Rome. With virtually no hesitation, Mother Teresa brought the sisters to the poor outskirts of Rome. The people there had no electricity, heat, or running water. Mother Teresa was willing to establish a home in Rome for these poor people.
She also received an invitation to go to Tanzania in September of 1968. The buildings there were renovated for our people, the term Mother Teresa used instead of calling the people poor. Old people’s homes were established there, as well as nurseries and medical supply rooms. Abandoned children received care and the blind and sick were fed and bathed. In 1969, Mother Teresa, with help from Ann Blaikie, formed the International Association of the Co-Workers of Mother Teresa for lay people who wanted to help out in her organization.
The members of this organization had no requirements. They didn’t have to be Catholic or even religious to join. It was just people who wanted to help other people. The Co-Workers also agree to live as simply as they can, just like the Missionaries of Charity do. When sick people wanted to become part of her work, Mother Teresa started a group called the Sick and Suffering Co-Workers. By 1985, there were over 2,600 members of the Sick and Suffering Co-Workers.
For all of her tremendous efforts, Mother Teresa received the first Pope John XXIII Peace Prize from Pope Paul VI. In 1971 he praised her for her hard work with the poor and for her efforts to make peace. Along with a small statue of Jesus Christ, the Pope awarded her about $67,000 to use in her works. In 1971, Mother Teresa took her work to the United States. First, she went to the Bronx in New York.
There, she helped the children, the lonely, the sick, and the unwanted. Groups of sisters went into some developments to visit shut-ins, clean houses, get the groceries, and listen to the elderly people. To try to keep the children off the streets, the sisters organized a camp program with art, crafts, sports, and other activities that were free. The programs were held everyday on the school grounds of a school in the Bronx. The Missionaries’ work in the Bronx was only a beginning to a long line of work done in the United States. In October of 1971, Mother Teresa was given the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation Award by the Kennedy family. She was presented with a check for $12,000.
She put the money straight into a fund for the disabled and retarded children. Mother Teresa was commended for her ability to recognize the needs of so many people and to be able to provide help with so little supplies and luxuries. Although Mother Teresa was getting old and fragile, she would not stop helping people. There was still much that needed to be done. In 1971, Mother Teresa turned 61, but she wasn’t about to even think about retiring.
In 1972, Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity ventured to Bangladesh. There was terrible devastation in Bangladesh. Food was scarce in the villages and many people were starving. Many women had been raped and were treated as outcasts and abandoned by their families. These women had no place to go, that is, until Mother Teresa arrived.
The Missionaries of Charity would hide the women from men who wanted to rape them. They also set up adoptions for the unwanted babies and buried the dead and tended to the wounds of the living. Four centers were established in Bangladesh. Because of all the work around the world, Mother Teresa was getting publicity. She didn’t like it, but if she was able to tell the world about her mission, she would do it.
In 1973, Mother Teresa was given the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. In the years to follow, Mother Teresa built many more houses for the poor and needy. She also traveled around the world and spoke to many people. Mother Teresa has never turned down an invitation to work with the poor in any country. In the coarse of her mission, Mother Teresa received many awards. Perhaps one of the most prestigious of these was the Nobel Peace Prize.
On December 9, 1979, Mother Teresa was presented with the Nobel Peace Prize in a glorious atmosphere of beautiful flowers and cheering people. Along with the award, she was presented with $190,000. She received the prize for her outstanding work with the poor and her overall love for people. In her acceptance speech, she stressed the need for people to love each other. Three months after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, Mother Teresa was presented with India’s greatest award, the Bharat Ratna, or the Jewel of India.
Mother Teresa’s work in the United States grew and by 1984, she had established 19 houses to help the poor and homeless in America. In 1985, President Ronald Reagan awarded Mother Teresa with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In the following years Mother Teresa worked as hard as she ever had, despite her age. She gave talks about pro-life and worked with AIDS victims of the world. Mother Teresa would give of her whole self all the way up until 1997. Mother Teresa died of cardiac arrest on the morning of September 5, 1997 at the age of 87.
She was buried on Saturday the 13th of September, 1997. Many people attended her funeral to bid her farewell and to pray for her. Mother Teresa was a wonderful women. She gave everything she had to serve God and the people of the world. She will be remembered forever for her contributions to the poor and the homeless. I feel that Mother Teresa made a wondrous contribution to the world.
What more can you give to the world than yourself? The answer to that question is nothing. Mother Teresa gave the most you can give to anyone or anything. She gave her love, compassion, and all of her efforts to the world. She worked for the good of all mankind. Race and religion didn’t matter to her, she just wanted to help. I think it is amazing how much one woman can do.
I think Mother Teresa is the best example of the effects one woman can have on the world. She started out by serving God in a convent and teaching children who had enough money to be sent to school. She pleaded with the Pope to let her leave her order to start a new one, and her pleas were answered. She was able to leave the order. From there, Mother Teresa touched people’s lives all around the world. She worked in the slums of Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, and North America.
This single woman started out an order of nuns, an order of brothers, a group for lay people, houses and programs for poor and starving children, women, and men. Perhaps one of the biggest things she did was inspire so many other people to do what she was doing, to help and love other people. I believe that Mother Teresa was given a very special gift by God. She was given the gift of love. She was able to show love for all types of people, no matter the race or religion.
She was only interested in helping people. Mother Teresa helped the people that nobody else would even touch. She loved the outcasts and the people who had terrible diseases. Mother Teresa loved people so much that she gave up all of her luxuries and comforts and the world that she knew to go help the poorest of the poor. She believed that to be able to truly understand the needs of the poor, you had to live with the poor. Mother Teresa inspired so many people. Because of her efforts, many of the people who had gotten no attention before, had not even been given any help, received help. All over the world, people have been positively affected by Mother Teresa’s devotion to the poor.
I would never be able to give of myself like she did. I don’t think many people could ever say that they could do what she did. It takes a special person to be able to do that type of work, and Mother Teresa responded to God’s calling to serve the people, and has served so many people. Mother Teresa’s love and generosity still lives on today and will always live on. Even though Mother Teresa is in heaven now, her work still lives on here on Earth.
All of the many foundations she started are still being run by the Missionaries of Charity, the Missionary Brothers of Charity, the Co-Workers of the Missionaries of Charity, and all of the people she has inspired. Mother Teresa has inspired people to donate their time and money to the poor people. Even if they don’t give themselves totally as Mother Teresa did, they still want to help needy people. I feel that Mother Teresa will live on in the hearts of the people she helped as well as many other people. Mother Teresa had a tremendous effect on our world and I think she deserves much honor and praise for her work. Mother Teresa is a wonderful role-model for anyone.
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