Special to the Mirror

The rains, which inundated countless streets and flooded homes in the D/FW area this past week also, had a disastrous impact on Midlothian.

An apartment complex on Midlothian’s east side was particularly hard hit. According to apartment manager Virginia Fields, at least nine families were being forced to vacate their homes in the Stonegate Apartments on 14th Street because of severe roof damage due to last week’s storms.

On June 29 a representative of Mission Midlothian visited with Fields, and was informed of the plight of several of the Stonegate tenants. Within hours, arrangements were made with the Ellis Christian Disaster Relief Team to provide cardboard boxes (for packing household items) for the 11 families needing to move to temporary housing.

Each family received from five to 20 boxes, personally delivered by a representative of Mission Midlothian.

Roofers were busy this week making the apartments watertight.

Mission Midlothian has a long history of helping people and ministering to their needs at their home.

Mission Midlothian, an “offshoot” of Mission Arlington, began Bible study and other activities for children more than eight years ago. At the present time, regular Bible study activities are scheduled for children in the 14th Street and Stonegate Apartments, and in the “Village South” Park west of US 67.

Four years ago, a free “after school” program for elementary children was begun adjacent to the J.R. Irvin Elementary School and a similar program was begun adjacent to Vitovsky Elementary in Aug. of 2005.

Although not organizationally tied to “Manna House,” Mission Midlothian is proud to “partner” with Manna House through a variety of ministries in Midlothian.

For two weeks during the summer, Mission Midlothian partners with Mission Arlington to provide special activities for children and youth through the “Rainbow Express”.

Mission Midlothian is directed by a volunteer Board of Directors, and is staffed by about 30 volunteers who give from two to eight hours weekly.

All ministries of Mission Midlothian are offered without charge, thanks to the generous support of dozens of individuals, and at least six local churches.

Persons wishing to receive more information about the interdenominational ministries of Mission Midlothian may call Linda Lott at (214) 704-2571.

The biggest need at this time is for volunteers who can give a few hours each week so the “after-school” program can be expanded.

Financial gifts for these ministries are welcome and are 100 percent tax deductible.