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Fall 2013 Newsletter

 

Habitat for Humanity Trip Spring 2013

Each year Dr. Jason Taylor and his wife, Rebecca, coordinate a trip for Roberts’ students with Habitat for Humanity. Below are some photos and comments from the spring trip to Georgia. Visit http://www.habitat.org/  to learn more about Habitat for Humanity.

Participating in the RWC Habitat for Humanity trip was a wonderful experience. This year, we had the chance to help build a new bunk house for the Koinonia commune, the very place where Habitat for Humanity was founded. We helped raise the outside walls of the house and learned how to use a variety of tools. However, we also spent time at lunch and on coffee breaks getting to know some of the people of Koinonia and the builders. This was an awesome opportunity to learn more about their way of life. I was inspired by the way they took time to enjoy the entire day, appreciating all the gifts God bestows upon us. I went to Georgia to serve and encourage the community, but the people of the community encouraged me, too. This experience encouraged me to look for God's handiwork in my life each and every day and to thank Him for His boundless blessings and faithfulness. God sure has a way of humbling us by showering us with the blessings we set out to share with others. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to be a part of Habitat for Humanity: building houses, forging friendships, and serving God by serving others. Rebeckah Johnson, '14

Working with Habitat for Humanity has been such a rewarding experience. It was a lot of fun to help build a house for a family in need and learn a lot of things related to construction, but also learn about the financial and social situations around us. Working with the Care-a-Vanners has been a wonderful opportunity, as they became like our substitute grandparents for a week. It was awesome to connect with other students out of a classroom setting and be a part of a family like the one that develops when we all pile in Roberts vans and drive to the south to work on a house for a week. I can honestly say that going on the Habitat trips has changed my life.

As a recipient of a Habitat house, I know what it is like to be on the receiving end of this organization’s work. When I was 15, we moved into my house, after about a year of planning and building. The work of Habitat for Humanity has truly changed my life because I know that if I had not moved, I would not have come to Roberts. I count it a great blessing that I was able to participate in such an amazing organization’s work.  The people that I have come to know because of these trips I count as family, and will for the rest of my life.  It was really an amazing experience.  Samantha Nadeau ‘13

 

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