On Saturday, nine Wake Countians will be traveling to Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras as part of Habitat Wake’s first ever Global Village trip to Honduras. I’m excited to be one of the nine and traveling back to the area I visited and served in last year.
Four Habitat Wake staff members will be on the team. Pam Forsythe from our development department is leading the team and will be making her third trip to Honduras. Syretta Hill, our community development manager who is so instrumental in our neighborhood revitalization work in Long Acres will be making her first trip and newly hired Director of Faith & Neighborhood Relations, Rick Beech, will be joining us. Rick has traveled to Central America extensively through his work with Habitat International and with various churches over the years. We’ll also have a Habitat homeowner with us on the team. Norma Jones is the owner of a Habitat home in Cary and I’m super-excited to have her as part of the team. Expect to hear from Norma on this blog during our time in Honduras. Rounding out the team is Rev. Gloria Johnson, long-time partner of ours from White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Elin Zaccaro, Women Build volunteer, Judy Szustakowski, volunteer house leader, and Robert Glickman, a new volunteer to Habitat Wake.
We will be helping to start the construction of homes in the village of El Rosario on land that funds from Habitat Wake, Durham, Orange, and Chatham have helped to purchase. This land will eventually be home to 31 families upon completion.
I am so pleased that Habitat Wake will be able to fund the construction of 25 homes in Honduras this year. Please pray for our safe travel and that the relationships built in Honduras be God-directed and fruitful as we move forward with our partnership with Habitat Honduras. I am excited that we’ll have a visit next Friday with Alberto Benitez, a friend of mine and national director of Habitat Honduras.