I hadn’t been in the area six months before I learned that housing was hard to come by in Schuyler, Nebraska. In early December, a phone call late at night sought housing, with heat, for a mother and her three children. In 2013, it was especially difficult for immigrant families to obtain adequate, affordable housing.
In 2014, several substandard rental properties changed ownership, were renovated, and quickly leased.
In July 2015, Schuyler Ministerial Association became determined to initiate and support a faith-based housing rehab effort in Schuyler.
By January 2016, Schuyler Hospitality and Housing Team had formed to address the housing challenge for immigrant families. Over the next 18 months, the team formed a partnership with Columbus Habitat for Humanity in the hope of building the first of several homes for a diverse population.
Countless hours were involved … learning the Habitat way, finding a lot, finding a project manager and construction manager, seeking donations from businesses, groups, and individuals, sharing the story of how God was involved in meeting the needs of God’s people.
In June 2017, I left Schuyler Hospitality and Housing Team in very capable hands, knowing that, in time, God’s vision would come to fruition. Well, friends … it is finally happening!
Last week I learned that Yessica Marino has been selected as Schuyler’s first family partner/home owner. She has made her $500 down payment, and construction will begin in July! PGFWABF!
Here’s how you fit into God’s plan … we are being asked to form and support build teams, and select our Saturday, July through September, to help Yessica build her home. Consider it a one-day mission trip to fulfill God’s purposes. For Yessica and her family. And in your life.
All of this because a wise and faithful woman and her pastor asked, “What can we do about the housing situation for our neighbors?” Thank you, God, for answering.Grace and peace … --Pastor Pat
Pastor Pat Norris
Something to Ponder is by Pastor Pat and is printed on the back of the bulletin each week.