Change The World Weekend 2014

ThomasIMG_6975“This is how the church is supposed to be.”
Three Days of Hands, Hearts, & Soul.

Change The World Allen 2014 was more than 44 organizations coming together to create a tidal wave of love and service. This three-day event was more than five United Methodist churches recruiting and hosting 2,000 volunteers to work together on May 16-18, 2014 to complete 93 projects in Collin County.

Change The World Allen was a ministry of hands, heart, and soul that touched lives in ways we could have never imagined.

“I thought God had forgotten me,” said one elderly homeowner who lives in just one of the 23 homes repaired and renovated over the weekend. “I feel truly blessed. I’m not sure why we deserve this act of love,” said another home owner who received a new patio. “Thank you seems inadequate for what ya’ll have done,” said another. “God is at work in a mighty big way.”NaramoreDSC01317
Change the World Allen, a ministry spurred by First United Methodist Church of Allen, combined the mission efforts of Suncreek UMC, Creekwood UMC, Good Shepherd UMC, and Living Live Church, a mission church of FUMC Allen. Members of the committee reached out and recruited three more local churches, 12 area businesses, three Rotary Clubs, two Kiwanis clubs, one elementary school, and numerous non-profit organizations. One big partner was United Methodist Communications (UMCOM) and Rethink Church out of Nashville TN, who provided more than $30,000 in funding for event promotions along with hours of support.

ThomasIMG_7034Over the three days, project planners recorded the completion of 20 projects that involved teams that delivered meals and building materials, hauled off debris, and set up and took down community celebration; 12 city beautification and conservation projects, 10 fundraising projects for various agencies and ministries, including S.E.E.K. Camp at Bridgeport; 9 projects benefitted service agencies where teams sorted, cleaned, cleared out, reorganized, replanted flowers, made minor repairs, served meals and provided clothing,  4 packaging projects, including the shipment of 49 boxes filled with care packages to soldiers in Afghanistan; 15,000 pounds of food collected for a local food pantry, and 110,000 meals packaged for Kids Against Hunger to benefit malnourished families served by Send Hope in Honduras; 3 donation drives to collect food, books, clothing, and luggage; and 3 Red Cross blood drives.