First Habitat Prayer Walk a success, despite rainy weather

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Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County


Even with a drizzling rain, about 35 people came to pray at the first Habitat Prayer Walk. Although each home is dedicated when completed, Habitat officials felt it was time to reaffirm the faith on which Habitat is based, and to invite the Lancaster faith community to stand together in unity to pray for Habitat’s homeowners and its mission.

Homeowners, friends, pastors and members of several Lancaster churches joined together to bless each home and pray for protection over each family at the Caskey and Habitat Lane homes, as well as Habitat families in other locations. Prayers were also offered for future homeowners and building sites.

The event was planned and coordinated by Chiquita Bell, Habitat’s newest homeowner. After Executive Director Nita Brown opened the walk with a blast on the Shofar (trumpet), and Bell shared the theme scripture, pastors took turns praying over each home and family, with a group blessing over future homes, and closing prayers by each pastor.

Pastors and congregation members carried a sword, symbolizing the word of God, as the procession moved from house to house. Pastors also prayed for healing for a homeowner who had been injured, and over Habitat’s leadership, represented by Brown and Pam Giardiello, board president.

Pastors attending and leading the walk were: the Revs. AnThony Pelham and Leon Wright of Faith, Hope and Victory Christian Church; the Rev. Gordon Hamilton, priest of Christ Episcopal Church; apostle Ollie Alexander and minister Judy Moore of New Life International Ministries and the Rev. Drs. George and Stella Williams of Deliverance Word of Faith Church.

Brown thanked all who came.

“We are blessed beyond words at the support, and the unity of believers from different denominations,” Brown said. “Thank you all for making this a great experience and blessing for us and for all our Habitat homeowners.”