Maria, a participant of Relational Ministry, and her family were living in government apartments last year when they applied for a Habitat for Humanity house, along with 25 other families. In February of 2013 they got the news that they had been selected to receive the Habitat house!

Habitat for Humanity focuses on low-income residents, and it requires that families contribute 500 hours of “sweat equity” to build their house. For the past year, Maria and her children have worked on the entire house. Although Maria cannot lift heavy things, she spent three months cleaning and helping where she could.

Saturday, March 15th was the last work day, and the following Sunday they hosted a housewarming dinner with all of the people from Habitat and the people who helped them work on the house. They moved into their new home the following week.

As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock.” Luke 6:47-48

*photo courtesy of Newberg Area Habitat for Humanity