This is Amor

Jesus calls us to a continuous life of loving service. Join us in our efforts to change lives, one family at a time, through house-building opportunities that will change your perspective of the world.

Our Vision and Mission

Our very name means love. We choose to show God’s love through simple, tangible acts of service.  Amor demonstrates to the poor the same grace we have all received through Jesus.

Our mission statement is: Bring people together to manifest Jesus.

Amor’s mission has remained the same for the past 40 years. We believe that God has called us to keep families together. As we carry out this mission, we realize that building a house doesn’t just provide shelter. It builds a foundation for the future.

Our Story

Almost forty years ago, Gayla Cooper felt reluctant to spend even one day ministering to children in a Tijuana orphanage.  However, after meeting a group of children from a Mexican orphanage, Gayla’s heart was touched so deeply that she decided to pack her bags and move to Mexico to work in the orphanage full-time.

Meanwhile, Scott Congdon traveled to the very same orphanage with a community service group from his college.  The children had such a profound impact on Scott, that when he returned home, he began collecting food and clothing for the children, returning to deliver the collected items.

Together, Scott and Gayla soon discovered that they shared the same dream of ministering alongside the poor in Mexico.  In March of 1980, Scott and Gayla founded Amor Ministries.  That fall, they recruited their first ministry group to participate in a building project at a Tecate orphanage.

Scott and Gayla were married a year later and four more missions teams traveled to Mexico with Amor.  Today, 40 years later, the ministry continues to live out the Congdon’s initial calling and builds homes alongside families each day.

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Discover the different trip options that we offer – whether you want to come by yourself, with a group, or with your family, there’s an Amor Trip for you.

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