The Center for Missional Outreach is partnering with Labors for Neighbors to facilitate an initial trip that we hope will be the first of many more trips in the future together.
Labors for Neighbors is a Methodist missional roofing organization comprised of experienced volunteers who have been replacing damaged roofs since hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. They have an additional emphasis on diversifying the volunteers themselves so that they become immersed with others who have different life experiences. With volunteers from different backgrounds, the trips are cross-cultural experiences with fellowship, the fulfillment of serving others, and witnessing the Spirit move among the volunteers as they make new friends. The volunteers’ diversity is an opportunity to gain a greater appreciation for all of God’s children.
Labors for Neighbors’ goal is to have a connectional approach to missions. We would like to recruit North Texas Conference volunteers from various churches to address the recent Gulf Coast hurricane damage in the Rio Texas Conference. We believe that our one-day practice of removing a damaged roof and replacing it with a new roof lends itself well to a collaborative effort. Though the destruction in the Houston area was most severe, other communities southeast of Austin were heavily impacted. First responders have come and gone but the need for assistance will last for several years. Labors for Neighbors will provide the expertise, tools, transportation, and planning for the weekend trips. We simply need volunteers to spend a Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon to do God’s work on a storm-damaged roof.
What would a weekend trip with Labors for Neighbors look like? We would gather at a pre-determined site in the Dallas area and head south on Labors for Neighbors’ bus that accommodates 25. Lodging arrangements would be made with a local church in the area, and meals would be provided. You will have a full day of work, both on and off of the roof, a good night’s sleep on Saturday night, and return to Dallas on Sunday afternoon. Please see www.laborsforneighbors.org for additional information.
If your church would like to send participants on our scheduled trip for Feb. 16-18, please have a church leader contact Rev. Andy Lewis at the CMO to make arrangements prior to signing up through the Labors for Neighbors website. Andy can be reached at email@example.com.