Working with Habitat for Humanity …
On Saturday April 26, four Holy Spirit members set out to help build a house on Juanita Drive in Alberta – a Tuscaloosa neighborhood devastated by the April 27, 2011 tornado. The project is what Habitat for Humanity calls a Faith Build! Connecting the Hammer and the Heart, Putting Faith into Action
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Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Spring 2014
Many church communities from the Tuscaloosa area were invited to send workers into the field to build a home for a deserving family. Olivia Kapera, Luke Simon, Mr. Loper and Sr. Ellen fcJ accepted the call to represent Holy Spirit, and participated in the day helping to build a house for the Burrell Family. Pierre, an Air Force veteran and the son of the woman whose home was being built, helped with the project.
The work was hard but also rewarding. We had the added surprise of meeting Jake Smith, another student from Holy Spirit (junior class), who was there with his family for the day. Then on Service Day, May 2, 2014 (a day planned by Ellen) when all 250 students from the school went out into the community to be the face of Christ), 26 students from the seniors’ class continued the work on the house and managed to add all the safety bars to the inside of the house to prevent it from being destroyed in future storms.
Building a house takes from two to three months, so Ellen will be involved in animating future groups throughout the coming months to help move the project along. Pray for us as we embrace our call to be a compassionate presence while sharing our surprising abundance to bring hope in ourshadowlands as we reach out to our neighbors in Tuscaloosa.