Building Community

August 24, 2016
By Ashley O'Neill, Mt. Bethel Habitat Advocate

Photo Aug 20, 8 58 56 AMSaturday was a fantastic start to Mt. Bethel’s 36th Habitat for Humanity home build. This was my first opportunity to meet Miss Leah, the future homeowner, and she brought even more joy to the build site than the sunshine and donuts did! She has a friendly, smiling face and, like every Habitat homeowner, she is thankful and blessed. Miss Leah has six children. There is no doubt that this home will make a lasting impact on their lives! It is so meaningful for us to serve through the NW Metro Atlanta Habitat Ministry because we are not only helping people with home ownership but also promoting positive change in our communities and families for generations to come.

One of my favorite verses is Romans 12:4-5. “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a Photo Aug 20, 10 50 59 AMspecial function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” We all know that everyone has different talents that glorify God. Some raise money, some take care of babies, and some drive nails. My favorite part is the end of verse 5, “and we all belong to each other” where our talents add up and create the Body of Christ. I remember this when I’m working on the Habitat project each year because we are building community in so many ways. We’re adding Miss Leah’s family to our church community where we learn and grow together, we’re building a home for her in a literal community, and we’re showing off (and hopefully growing!) the body of Christ to so many build and race participants.

IMG_8785For those of you who have already signed up for the build or the Habitat Road Race, thank you! For those of you who still need to sign up, please go here and learn how you can help us build the community for Christ!

Ashley O’Neill
Mt. Bethel Habitat Advocate

See pictures of the first build day »