Amigos Days Touches Hearts As It Erases Blight

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Amigos Days Touches Hearts

Teaming with the City of Dallas, NTC churches provide crucial repairs to homes.

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Metro District Superintendent Cammy Gaston, right, toured Amigos Days homes and met, from left, Sarah Luginbill and the Rev. Kay Eck of Lovers Lane and Sheila Wilson, coordinator for People Helping People.

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During Amigos Days, it is so inspiring, year after year, to witness the dedication of church volunteers working alongside sister churches, collaborating in doing what Jesus did and taught us to do: love thy neighbor.

This love is visibly demonstrated and tangible because through this ministry, we help improve the dwelling places of families in our communities. With scrapers, paint brushes, hammers, nails, and a plethora of power tools, we do Jesus’ work.

One story that touched the hearts of the University Park and Cochran Chapel teams is that of the Glovers. The couple’s 10-year-old granddaughter lost a leg and was left in a wheelchair several years ago in an auto accident that killed her dad and aunt. Despite the trauma, she is a cheerful little girl, taking after her family. Amigos Days volunteers plan to return to this South Dallas home to add a wheelchair ramp and repair or replace the roof to make it the very best home it can be for these special people.

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North Texas Conference volunteers just completed two weekends (April 22-23 and April 29-30) of Amigos Days, a hands-on ministry of The United Methodist Church and People Helping People, a City of Dallas Housing Revitalization Program. We partner with inner-city Methodist host churches to repair and restore homes to make a positive difference in their neighborhoods.

Amigos Days sends local church teams to areas affected by urban blight, one of Dallas’ major problems. Dallas is a city with crisis-level poverty, a declining median income and a housing stock that is in decay. The city’s goal is to reduce blight by 25%, and Amigos Days is helping to make that goal possible.

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Amigos Days volunteers have encountered stories like this one each of its 20 years. Teaming with the City of Dallas, which provides the materials, we have repaired over 460 homes and provided 100,000 hours of volunteer work over that time.

So many churches, so many volunteers — it is impossible to name them all. You have met homeowners like the Glovers; you have listened to their stories; you have prayed and shared meals with them; you know you have been in the right place at the right time, being Christ to these families. We thank you for your faithfulness, commitment, and unwavering support to this ministry.

As we conclude another season of Amigos ministry, we feel blessed to continue being a part of the improvement of the lives of so many by helping repair their homes. This is a sacred work, for home is sacred.

That task is not completed, as there are many more families that are praying for provision. We have many years of work and ministry ahead of us. So we pray for more churches to join us in the future.

This is a unique opportunity to do mission work in our vicinity, and is not complicated: We provide the labor and the City of Dallas, through People Helping People, provides the materials. All it takes is showing up and getting the work done.

Join Amigos Days and let’s lead forward together.

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