January 13, 2024 Courtesy of James Dinan, Daily Sun Senior Writer
The cold weather couldn’t stop dozens of people from gathering to unveil the first partnership between New Covenant United Methodist Church’s Helping Hands ministry and Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter.
“This is the day the Lord has made for us,” said the Rev. Harold Hendren, senior pastor of New Covenant UMC. “We are so grateful to be pairing up with Habitat for Humanity on building homes for those in need, and a special blessing goes out to those volunteering to build the home.”
The home build requires plenty of volunteer hands to become reality. And in and around The Villages, houses of worship are asking their congregants to lend a hand to assist those both locally and around the world.
“It was around 20 years ago that New Covenant UMC had a vision to build homes in the community,” Hendren told those at Wednesday morning’s ribbon-cutting ceremony at the build site in Oxford. “This will be our 36th home, but our first partnered with Habitat for Humanity.”