Those who attended our Missions Focus Speed-Date-a-Missionary night met Alfred Murillo. He shared about being raised in a gang-filled environment in San Jose and later drawing on those experiences as he and his wife targeted the “West Side Strip” of Salt Lake City through the ministry of the Utah Dream Center.
What is your dream? Are you living the dream or have you forgotten that you once had one? Having a dream is daring, especially when you start to expect joy and good things in your life. But what if God was at the center of your dream? And what if your dream and God’s plan worked together to further the Kingdom of God?
There is a such a place where God and dreams come together to change lives forever. The idea of a dream center started with a pastor by the name of Matthew Barnett who established the Dream Center in Los Angeles, California. From this model, Alfred and Anna Murillo founded the Utah Dream Center in 2000 in Salt Lake City. Their initial sidewalk children’s ministry began using a renovated truck and fold-down platform that Timberline Church helped to buy. They have since grown this ministry into something extraordinary.
The Utah Dream Center is fueled by Jesus’ words taken from the gospel of Matthew 25:35-36, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
As a result, the Utah Dream Center provides food pantries, clothing closets, a drop in center, and after school programs. The mission has also helped in setting up language churches since there are a staggering 117 languages spoken in the area by refugees from around the world. They recently added a mobile medical unit to service health needs and are active in the local schools providing anti-drug and anti-gang information to prevent today’s children from ending up in jail.
We asked Alfred if he could share with us an example of a dream that came alive with God’s power working at the Utah Dream Center. He spoke of a man, Fabian, and his wife and their three children who were living in a storage container. They had very little hope. Through the services they were provided at the Utah Dream Center, they got saved and healed of addiction. Now, Fabian is in Bible college and doing jail ministry while his wife works as a secretary for the Dream Center.
Alfred said, “Our dream is to live to see your dream.” That is the truly selfless and loving attitude displayed by all those involved in the Utah Dream Center. Please keep the Utah Dream Center and the Murillos in your prayers as they share God’s love while helping those in need in practical ways.
To find out more or get involved in the Utah Dream Center, contact the Timberline Missions department at 970-482-4387 extension 141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.