Embracing the Easter Spirit: Building Hope with Habitat for Humanity

March 28, 2024

Group photo of Beloved Build 2024 participants pledging to build the Beloved Community with justice, equal opportunity, and love for all!

As Easter arrives, it serves as a poignant reminder of renewal, hope, and the transformative power of love. At Habitat for Humanity, we embody these principles every day as we strive to alleviate the immense affordable housing shortage in Wake County and Johnston counties and make affordable homeownership a reality with families. As valued partners, your dedication and passion are instrumental in driving this mission forward, and we are immensely grateful for your ongoing support.

Habitat ministry is directly connected to our faith and beliefs around Easter and the Resurrection. Think on these points highlighting the significance of Easter:


Resurrection of Hope

Easter symbolizes the triumph of hope over despair, mirroring our commitment to building homes and futures with families in need of affordable housing. In our area, where the lack of affordable housing is at crisis levels, your direct service and advocacy efforts serve as a beacon of hope, demonstrating that through collective action, we can overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges. As we cross racial lines and bring various faith traditions together in a time of deep divide, we experience a resurrection of hope. As 100 families this year receive new or repaired housing and even more families gain access to affordable housing through policy wins, hope is resurrected.


Embodying the Spirit of Service

Just as Jesus selflessly served others, your time and talents are selflessly serving those shut out from quality affordable housing. Whether you're swinging a hammer, painting walls, or using your voice for affordable housing, each act of service embodies the love and compassion at the heart of Easter.


Sharing the Love of Jesus

As Habitat partners, you are not only builders of homes, but also ambassadors of faith and love. By extending kindness, empathy, and support to our partner families and one another, you embody the radically inclusive love and teachings of Jesus. May this Easter season fill your hearts with renewed faith, hope, and joy as we journey forward in our shared mission of putting God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope.



Marvin Connelly, Jr

Rev. Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr.
Pastor St. Augusta Missionary Baptist Church
N.C. Superintendent of the Year

Dr. Marvin Connelly JrDr. Connelly is a former board member of Habitat Wake and current Superintendent of Cumberland County Schools. He is the architect of the beautiful Baptist Build, which powerfully brings the Wake Missionary Baptist Association and the Raleigh Baptist Association churches together across racial lines to build, worship and dialogue about Race and Housing. Dr. Connelly is the 2024 N.C. Superintendent of the Year.