Thursday, October 13, 2011

World Habitat Day from a Kindergarten Perspective

The first Monday of each October is World Habitat Day. On this day people from all over the world come together to make affordable housing a matter of conscience and action. To celebrate this year's World Habitat Day, a kindergarten class at Notre Dame Academy made a beautiful digital storybook demonstrating that even young children understand the importance of having a home and making a difference. Thank you to their amazing teacher and Habitat for Humanity of Greater L.A. supporter, Pat Genovese, for sending it to us.  Now, we can all enjoy and learn from it!

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Guest Blogger: Pat Genovese

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A New Beginning For One HFH GLA Volunteer

Guest Blogger: Angela Lang, HFH GLA Volunteer

This past weekend is a weekend I will never forget. I must first give a little history of my path before detailing the events. The past few years, I had been completely lost with darkness closing in on me. This past June, the darkness took over. At that very moment, with the small glimmer of light that I could see, I made the decision to give it all to God because I could no longer do it alone. In that very poignant moment, my life changed forever. It was then I made the decision to get baptized and serve Christ in any way that I could. A few days later, I did some research on Bel Air Presbyterian’s website and realized that it was no coincidence that Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles was having an event the very same weekend as the beach baptism. God was speaking to me and I knew I had to listen.

This past Saturday, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles took me to Lynwood, CA where I had the honor of helping to paint three houses with a group of amazing Christians from Bel Air. It is amazing how satisfying it feels to serve Christ. I will definitely be joining a future group hopefully building a house from the ground up.

The very next glorious Sunday, was my beach baptism. As I stood in the line facing the beach waiting to be baptized, I took in the cheers of the onlookers, the flashes of the cameras, and the crashing of the waves. Then, it was my turn and all I could hear was the sound of the pastor’s voice asking me if I would take Jesus as my Lord and savior forever and ever. As I said, “I do”, I could no longer feel the cold of the water and all sound was muffled. It is amazing, but I could feel the Holy Spirit hugging me the way a loving father holds his young child. I have never experienced being loved as much as I did that day, one of the best days of my life. The two days I have smiled the most in my life were the day I held my daughter for the first time and the day I was baptized. Thanks be to God for giving me these moments that will stay with me always.
Angela Lang being baptized at Will Rogers State Beach by Bel Air Pres pastors, Mark Brewer & Enock DeAssis

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Monday, October 3, 2011

World Habitat Day 2011

Habitat for Humanity will engage in a month-long observance highlighting the need for safe, decent and affordable housing beginning, today, on World Habitat Day. World Habitat Day is designated each year by the United Nations as a time to reflect on the dire need for adequate shelter around the globe. In support of World Habitat Day, we asked some of our staff members and volunteers to share why they support affordable housing. We also invite you to share your thoughts on affordable housing in the comments section below.

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