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After National Guardsman Dale Beatty was wounded in Iraq, he had no place to call home.

His wife and children had been living with relatives.

So members of his church decided to help their hometown hero.

And for their efforts, The 700 Club chose Monticello United Methodist as "America's Church of The Week."
 
"I was laying there in the desert, just sweating and in a lot of pain and I remember praying, 'Lord please just let me get home to see my wife and my kids again,'" Sergeant Dale Beatty said.

Beatty would make it home, but not without serious injuries. He lost both legs from the knees down when anti-tank mines blew up his humvee in Iraq. His wife, Belinda, remembers the shock she felt when she heard the news.

"It was kind of one of those surreal moments -- like you know what she's telling me is true, but just don't know how to process the information just yet," Belinda said.

News of Dale's injuries spread through his close-knit North Carolina community. Members of his home church, Monticello United Methodist quickly came to his aid.

"The Lord put the idea in my mind that we needed to do something for this family," Sam Parks said.

Parks knew that Dale's wife and two little boys had been living with relatives. They had no place to bring Dale home to after his lengthy hospital stay.

"I just can't imagine having that worry, like what's my family going to do now, how am I going to support my family? My life is changed forever," Parks said.

Parks felt the Lord wanted them to build the Beattys a house.

"Almost immediately there was a ground swell of support within the church to raise money," Parks said.

The local builders' association and businesses all over the county donated building materials and Beatty's father donated land from their family farm. Volunteers from the church and community worked countless hours building the family a brand new home.

"When I found out how much support we were getting from the community, it really just gave a good feeling to know that everyone was behind us," Beatty said.

After spending more than a year in recovery and rehabilitation facilities, Dale is with his family in their very own home.

"There's almost not any words to describe it. It's definitely increased the healing process. It's sped up the healing process for me because just know that I have this much support back home," Beatty said.

"They raised so much money and instead of doing something for their church, they helped us out," Belinda said. "It was a really big thing for us."

"We not only take care of one another, but we take care of a need, no matter where it is in the community," Parks said. "I'm just proud to be a part of this, but more importantly, the heroes are the ones who go overseas and fight for our benefit for our freedoms, so all in all, it was always to help a hero and we consider Dale Beatty to be a hero."

For reaching out and "helping a hero," The 700 Club salutes Monticello United Methodist Church of Statesville, North Carolina -- "America's Church of The Week."

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