and ready to begin my Habitat adventures!!!
Today around 3:00pm I leave for John F. Kennedy International Airport and head to Budapest and begin my global village adventures! All the hotels are booked, the details are organized, the binder is complete, the bags are packed. Everything is done and ahead of time - which is very good for me!
I can't wait for my flight and of course I have a few nerves along the way:
- Will my flight take off/land okay? Will I have any delays?
- Will my teammates arrive on time? What will they be like? Will they all get along? This is my first trip in a long time where I don't know a single person going on it!
- What will staying in Oradea be like for the entire week? I have always stayed in Beius so this is another first for me.
- Is everything going to run smoothly during the ten days with the team?
- Will I have any injuries? A few years ago, I sent one lady to the eye doctor with a massive infection and another with a bad cough. It's a good thing that all the doctors in the area are incredibly friendly!
- Finally, will all my teammates enjoy their experience, work hard throughout the week, and appreciate the mission of Habitat for Humanity and want to continue its work when they arrive home?
This trip has been amazing already for me as I have been able to reflect on the last decade of my service to Habitat for Humanity. I have looked through all the photo albums, remembered all the people along the way that have joined me for a few teams or just one team, and remember all the families that have been helped along the way. Here's a collage I made of my last ten teams to Beius:
To get in the spirit of Habitat and to learn more of why I love it, here are some quotes from Habitat's magizine Habitat World that shows its impact since its founding in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller:
“Habitat gives us an opportunity which is very difficult to find: to reach out and work side by side with those who never have had a decent home—but work with them on a completely equal basis. It’s not a big-shot, little-shot relationship. It’s a sense of equality.”—former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, September 2008 issue
“No matter the location of the build site, the religion, gender or ethnicity of the homeowners or volunteers, there is a sense of authentic community that links Habitat partners. It’s exactly this kind of shared commitment that has sustained Habitat for three decades, and, similarly, it will be a renewed commitment that’s necessary to meet the challenges ahead. I don’t have to remind you that the need for decent housing is immense. Our tenacity is equally vast.”—Jonathan Reckford, Habitat CEO, June 2006 issue
“I have come to believe that I belong—which is as much a part of Habitat as the homeownership. I belong as a community member. I also have something to contribute. … Habitat for Humanity has given me the chance to feel that I have hope for the future. For the first time in my life, I have the time to stop worrying about survival long enough to plan for the future.”—SueAnn Belknap, Habitat homeowner in Corvallis, Ore., December 1995/January 1996 issue
8 hours and my next Habitat adventure begins as I celebrate my 11th team to Romania. I can't wait!!!