Building the Church
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 men 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:
- Current housing situation – Where are they living right now?
- Time period – How long has the family been living in these conditions?
- Family size – How many people live in the current conditions?
- Income – What is the family’s collective income?
- Transience – How long has the family lived in the community?
- Health – Are there any health problems that having a home would make easier to solve?
- Age – Does the family care for very young or very old members?
- Resources – Does the family have other resources (e.g. a family member with housing for them in another town)?