When Bishop Mike Givens thinks of the actions of Miguel Perez in the recent hurricane's aftermath, he remembers the scripture, " . . . Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matt. 25:40.)
Brother Perez, executive secretary to Bishop Givens in the Homestead 1st Ward, South Miami Florida Stake, is familiar with the migrant laborer community in the area, having worked in the past for a relief organization."He was aware of their situation more than most and helped us focus our efforts and find a way to serve the migrant workers," the bishop said.
"When we came into the area, it was Miguel's idea that we have a kneeling prayer right there among the destruction."
Thereafter, the Church members went from house to house fixing roofs and providing repairs where needed among the 700 houses in the migrant camps.
"Before we came, people had been just sitting around, apathetic," the bishop said. "When we started work, all of a sudden the whole neighborhood changed. They got up and started cleaning their yards. We showed them that somebody cared, and it inspired them. A lot of them got up on the roofs and worked with us."