In 2001, Abiodun and her husband Sunday had to leave their three U.S. born young children with church members from the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, and return home to Nigeria to renew their visas. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 ensued and what was expected to be a routine and short journey turned into an 11 year ordeal as Abiodun finally returned in 2012 without Sunday who had passed away while in Nigeria. On Sunday, we celebrated with Abiodun and her family as they rejoiced in God’s faithfulness in providing and to answering prayer. How humbling it indeed is as a simple task such a volunteering for a day on a Habitat site or writing a check no matter the amount, turns into an integral piece of God’s grand plan. This is personal for me in a special way. Abiodun’s oldest son Tobi is the one of the first people I met when we relocated to Wake County in 2004 from Georgia. Tobi was a member of the boys basketball team at Cary High and that team graciously welcomed our son to join them. Randomly, my family happened to be at the RDU airport on that glorious day in 2012 when Abiodun arrived back in the U.S. after 11 years away to be reunited with her children. We celebrated with them that day and we celebrated again yesterday. God indeed is good and a fulfiller of promises!
Kevin Campbell, former President/CEO of Habitat Wake, is a recognized leader in service to the goal of affordable homeownership in Wake County and around the world. His unwavering professional commitment to Habitat for Humanity and its vision – a world where everyone has a decent place to live - goes back nearly 30 years. Follow him on twitter at @kevinhabitat.