40 Days of Building on Faith: Let Us Walk Outside Our Comfort Zone

By Ana Cutts Pope Francis says in his Lenten message, “We Christians are called to confront the poverty of our brothers and sisters, to touch it, to make it our own and to take practical steps to alleviate it.” Recently, one of Pope Francis’ friends, Padre Jorge (also a Franciscan friar), walked us around the slums of Jose Leon Suarez …

40 Days of Building: Unleashing a Deeper Understanding

By Renée Lewis Glover Psalm 127:1 reads, “Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain.” First Corinthians 13:13 says, “And now these three remain: faith, hope, love. But the greatest of these is love.” These two verses help guide my life and my leadership decisions at Habitat for Humanity. They remind me that the work of building …

LA Galaxy Build Day

The LA Galaxy team came out to Lynwood on Wednesday to kick-off their 20 For Twenty campaign with Habitat for Humanity of Greater LA (Habitat LA)! Habitat LA was joined by the team’s President Chris Klein, Academy Director Pete Vagenas, Assistant Coach Kenny Arena, the Galaxy staff, the Galaxy Star Squad, as well as Galaxy players Gyasi Zardes and Rafael …

40 Days of Building on Faith: The Value of Hope and the Simple Power Love

By Rick Hathaway Think of what life would be like without hope. • Hope keeps us going when the situation we face seems impossible. • Hope is the expectation that we will obtain something specific we desire. • Hope is there for the single mom who doesn’t know how she is going to feed her children and keep a roof …

40 Days of Building on Faith: Mind the Gap

By Jenny Williams “He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”  — Luke 10:27, NIV  I worked in London a few years ago and heard the phrase “mind the gap” every day as I stepped into …

40 Days of Building on Faith: Your “To-Do” List

By Kelle Shultz Ever have one of those days when you take the time to do something that you really don’t have the time for, and you discover something wonderful as a result? I found a wonderful nugget on Facebook recently that made me think of Galatians 6:9, and I have been thinking about it ever since. What struck me …

40 Days of Building on Faith: Hope to Share

By Tom Jones The congressman and I had spent a Sunday afternoon participating in the dedication of four “Houses that Congress Built.” We were running late to catch our planes. A 10-year-old girl who would be living in one of the homes would not allow us to leave. She grabbed our hands, literally tugging us up the stairs of the …

40 Days of Building on Faith: Hammer in the Hand of God

By Aruna Paul Simittrarachchi Lent has no meaning without referring to Christmas and Easter. Christmas calls us to believe that God is among us, while Easter brings us to the victory of Christ’s death on the cross. God’s being among us and within us has been the theme of all the prophets. When Jesus entered into his public ministry, he …

40 Days of Building on Faith: In Order to Go Up, We Must Go Down

By Natosha Reid Rice In 1173, work began on a freestanding bell tower in the city of Pisa, Italy. After the second story was completed, builders realized that the tower’s foundation, at only 3 meters deep, was not adequate and was built on weak, unstable subsoil, causing the tower to lean to one side. Construction was halted in 1178 to …

Remembering Chapel Hill Shooting Victims for their Great Service

Last week, the world lost three kind souls due to an act of senseless violence in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Deah Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19, were gunned down in their home by a neighbor, Tuesday morning. Deah, Yusor and Razan were exceptional young adults who dedicated a great deal of their …