God has blessed the work of B/CS Habitat in 2017. It has been a great year. Because of you, our supporters, 13 families have new homes this year.
A few weeks ago, our team went to surprise one of the families that had just been accepted into our homebuyer program. The steps into their trailer were broken, and the door wouldn’t shut. The air conditioning and heat don’t work, and the windows obviously aren’t properly sealed.
The family showed us pictures of their house in Mexico and told us about the long separations involved in getting the husband, and then the wife and children, to the U.S. This family and their story of determination and sacrifice to achieve a better life touched my heart. I’ve been thinking about them all week. These are my neighbors.
The next day, it snowed. It was beautiful. My kids loved it. It was dark outside and cold, but they made snowballs and even laid down and made snow angels. They had a great time playing, and then they came in and got warm and cleaned up and had hot cocoa. The morning after looked like another world. Everything I saw was picture-worthy. The snow covered trees and fence that were so ordinary the previous morning looked like a beautiful dream.
But let’s not forget the family we surprised. I’ve met lots of families who live in houses like theirs. One of our houses under construction right now will be home to a wonderful family next spring. I’ve been to the house they currently rent. You can see inside the house through the holes in the walls. I know that magical night for me was a cold night for them.
From our warm and cozy homes, is what we see as a beautiful dream more like a nightmare for some families here in Bryan/College Station?
I haven’t met them all yet, but these are my neighbors. Our vision at Habitat is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We can’t fix the whole world at once, but in 2017 we made all the difference in the world to 13 families. We’ll do it again in 2018. And we’ll continue until everyone in Bryan/College Station has a decent place to live. It’s a big task, which is why we put our faith in God, and not in ourselves.
As we celebrate 2017, I ask for your renewed and increased support in 2018. We’ve accomplished a lot, but there is so much more left to do. We simply can’t do it without you. Your support will make a real, lasting impact in the lives of these hardworking individuals and families.