Part 1: Once Again, the Loveland Faith Community Comes Together for the Greater Good
Part 1: Kevin’s Story
December 15, 2018 was a cold, cloudy, windy winter day in Loveland. But the large crowd barely noticed the weather. Kevin and his children were surrounded by an atmosphere of blessings, warmth, and congratulations as they received the keys to their new home. More than 70 people gathered to celebrate this joyful and prayerful Dedication Ceremony. Some even shed a few tears, touched by this moving demonstration of just how much God is at work in our lives.
Mark 11:24: “I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe
that you receive them, and you will have them.”
Loveland Habitat for Humanity, a faith-based organization, sponsored and coordinated the construction and dedication of this home. This project was named the 2018 “Faith Build” because volunteers from 14 local churches joined together in response to God’s calling. They worked along side one another, building a Loveland house – so that Kevin could realize his dream of having a home for his children.
Romans 8:28: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
Pastors from many supporting churches spoke at the Dedication Ceremony with thanks, encouragement and in recognition of messages of the Gospel at work. The short, but impressive ceremony ended with presentation of symbolic gifts to Kevin and his children: A gift basket containing items reflective of gifts described in scripture, an American flag, and a Bible.
The construction and dedication of this home was a beautiful example of how God calls us to carry out his will, and when he does -- he equips us with everything we need.
Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Habitat for Humanity leaders spoke about Kevin’s role in building his home, acknowledging his positive attitude, his excellent work skills, and the many hours of hard work he contributed as he worked side by side with the faith community volunteers.
Kevin commented about his only regret: “I only wish my three kids could have helped build our house. They are less 16 years old, so they were too young to work on the house (per regulations.) If they could have been a part of it like I was, they would have experienced even more of the friendship and dedication of all those who helped us.”
In addition to the acquisition of a lovely home (which includes sunrise views from the back porch!), Kevin expressed great appreciation, and noted that one of the most meaningful outcomes of the homebuilding process was the creation of genuine, lifelong friendships. He commented he now has people he knows will be in his life, and the life of his children – forever.
As the ceremony ended and people were leaving, Kevin and his children were already hard at work moving their belongings from a U-Haul trailer into their new home -- just in time for a Christmas they will always remember.