Habitat Wake Happenings

  • Prejudice And Proximity

    On this Martin Luther King holiday, I recalled that, recently, at my church our pastor shared the thought that proximity destroys prejudice.  Think about it—if you spend time next to someone getting to really know them—you can’t help but respond in a more open and loving way.  Habitat build sites are great places for proximity.  We pride ourselves on our mission of “bringing people together” to build homes, communities, and hope.

  • Embedded

     “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

    Gospel of John 15:5-8

     

  • We’re Just Getting Started

    Since 1985, Habitat Wake has built 500 new homes.  We are dedicating 7 more this week.  Yet, 28,000 Wake County families remain in need of affordable housing.

    I saw Darrell Daigre, co-owner of Savvy Homes, on our Builders Blitz site this week.  I thanked Darrell for his company’s generous partnership in donating a new home to Habitat Wake in each of the last four years—a gift of at least $200,000!   Darrell responded enthusiastically saying, “We’re just getting started!”

  • "the X-factor"

    Last month at Habitat for Humanity’s national conference in Atlanta, Habitat Wake founder and current VP of Program Ministries, Rick Beech, led one of the day with some devotional thoughts.  Rick reflected on the very early days of Habitat Wake, the organization that he helped found in 1985 while a student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest. At that time, Habitat was a relatively unknown organization and there was a strong sense of relying on God to provide the resources needed to meet the serious housing needs of many Wake County residents who were literally living

  • Feeding The Five Thousand

    This past Wednesday at Habitat for Humanity’s biennial U.S. national conference, Rev. Andy Stanley of Atlanta’s North Point Church provided some teaching around the story in Mark 6:30-52. Andy is a gifted teacher and communicator and he opened some new insights for me as he suggested that this was not primarily a lesson about abundance and scarcity or even miracles, but rather one of Jesus teaching the disciples what it means to depend on God and not on their own human efforts.

  • Christmas: Culmination Or Beginning?

    Since Thanksgiving, Habitat Wake has celebrated home dedications with 14 families.  Praise be to God for that!  A home dedication is a time when we celebrate with our homebuyers the completion of their home and we thank God and our volunteers and sponsors for making it happen.

    So, we’ve been completing a lot of homes lately.  Families are reaching a long held dream to own their own home.  Volunteers and sponsors are proud of the work they’ve done.  Things are definitely coming to a culmination after literally years of struggle for some families.