“…In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – Jesus
In times like these, the words left for us in John 16:33 hold true. Around the world, in our nation, our state, and certainly in our local communities one mustn’t look far to find trouble. Some are scared, others deeply wounded, and most are concerned about the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, as well as the many unjust deaths seen before. With the subsequent civil unrest that has gripped Americans everywhere, undoubtedly we are all impacted in some shape or form. Yet while these troubling times have been predicted, the good news is that the story does not end there…
Habitat for Humanity knows this story all too well. Forged in a similar fire, Habitat’s roots began in the early 1940s in a small farming community in Americus, Georgia. It was in this very community that Clarence Jordan saw trouble abounding because of the racial, economic, and social disparities and decided to do something bold about it. He formed Koinonia Farm; a place where young and old, rich and poor, black and white, would together realize the overcoming power of God’s love by creating safe, decent, and affordable housing.
The recent events have provided a chance for us all to reflect and consider how we can use these troubling times, though fiery and difficult, to take heart and be part of the healing process that will help us as a society overcome. My hope for you and I today is that we can truly consider what it means to “love one’s neighbor as oneself”; and be driven to take action when our hearts compel us, because love is a verb.
Habitat for Humanity has been, and aspires to be, a catalyst for reconciliation. We are all human. And we don’t care who you are, where you are from, what you believe, or what you have done - You are loved! Together, let’s stay committed to being bold, standing for what is just and true, advocating for the poor, and loving our neighbors well. This is the love that Jesus demonstrated through Clarence and many other agents of change over the course of history, and it is this very love that will help us overcome the troubles of the world.
If there is anything that our team can do to support you now, please visit us at habitatfresno.org or call us at (559) 237-4102.
In Koinonia (communion),
Chief Executive Officer