Amor provides each missions team with the tools and resources that are necessary to build a home alongside a family in need. Amor carefully selects the home site, provides standard building plans, and equips each group to complete a home within a few days. While on your Amor Mission Trip, missions teams will stay in conditions similar to those of the families they are serving.
Since 1980, Amor has been perfecting the house building process in Mexico, making this the safest, most efficient, affordable trip possible. We've worked with over 330,000 volunteers to build over 17,300 homes. Amor typically builds an 11’x22’, two-room home with a concrete floor, stucco-finished exterior, weather sealed roof, two windows, and a door. An Amor house is a simple design, built according to the standards of the community so that a group without skilled labor or power tools can still complete the project.
The need is still staggering for millions of families in Mexico. Continue reading to discover more about the need and how Amor partners with the local community to meet those needs.
When Mexican pastors are asked what the greatest need is in their community, adequate housing is the answer. Without a decent place to live, people cannot be productive members of society, children cannot learn and families cannot thrive. In Mexico, however, affordable housing is an impossible goal for millions of families. Many family providers work between eight and ten hours per day and are paid a couple dollars for their work. If there is a rainstorm that washes out the road, or another such occurrence, people are unable to get to work to feed their families. Without the support of governmental systems, even small disasters, such as a rainstorm, prevent Mexican workers from providing food for their families, much less providing adequate housing. Even if every family in Mexico could afford one, there are simply not enough homes to satisfy the demand.
Because of this housing crisis, numerous other social problems emerge. Increased crime, poor education, malnutrition and low self-worth affect millions of parents who cannot provide for their children. Most children in Mexico’s orphanages were abandoned because their parents were unable to provide for them. While Amor may not be able to provide all of Mexico’s poor with a home, the ministry can make a life changing difference in families such as the Monteros.
Since its founding more than thirty years ago, Amor has built homes to minister to the Mexican people and to open doors for evangelism. Initially, the focus was on serving the needs of orphanages, but the organization realized that by building individual homes, they could help keep families together and children out of orphanages. Involving the expertise of local Mexican pastors, Amor began providing housing for poor families while focusing on the needs of the local church. Today, local Mexican pastors nominate families to receive an Amor home, and commit to work closely with the family throughout the process.
Although Amor is based in the United States, local Mexican churches guide and advise the ministry activities. While Amor funds the projects and provides the manpower, the ministry’s presence is temporary. Amor’s work in Mexico is not for Americans to be recognized. It is the Mexican Ministry Planning Board (MMPB), a group of established, local pastors, who accomplish the long-term mission of Amor. Often maintaining a full-time job and pastoring a congregation, these community leaders assist Amor as volunteers, deciding which families can most benefit from an Amor home and ministering to each family throughout the entire process.
Once the house is completed, pastors offer on-going support, including church invitations and practical aid. The transition into a home is full of unexpected challenges. Many families rely upon the church to help them adjust to life in a home and equip them for success.
Many of those who receive a new home are not Christians, and these homes provide a natural bridge to the local church as well as an open door for evangelism. The ultimate hope of Amor is that through the generous gift of a home, individuals will better comprehend the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
The pastors interview prospective families, create biographical sketches outlining individual needs and select the neediest families to receive homes. Pastors utilize the following eight basic criteria in selecting and prioritizing families: