Charlotte Eagles Swing a Hammer!
This article is written by Hannah Turner. Hannah is a MAI’s missionary in Charlotte working with the Lady Eagles W-League team and is married to Habitat in Humanity Site Supervisor, Josh Turner. Josh and Hannah have been married for 3 and a half years after meeting in college during a semester abroad in Tanzania, Africa. Hannah was introduced to MAI in college when she spent two seasons with the Chicago Eagles. This began the journey of being trained as a sports minister. Soccer since, has become a journey to Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Costa Rica, Colombia and now Charlotte watching lives transformed through the power of the Gospel. Josh and Hannah believe in the power of community and what it means to build relationships with the people in and around your life at home, work, neighborhood, church, and ministry.
Missionary Athletes International is a community that reaches far beyond the soccer world. Recently in March, the Charlotte office staff spent a day framing a house for a Habitat for Humanity homeowner. Lots of 2 by 4’s, hammers, nails, solid corners, ladders, bathtubs, pizza, laughing and missed nails filled an incredible day. It was neat to work alongside the staff we see all week at the office and out on the field, but in a much different capacity. Construction muscles are much different than soccer ones!!
One of the highlights of the day was working alongside Vincent and Bahati a young married couple that are refugees from the Congo. It was incredible hearing about their long journey the past five years from the Congo to a large refugee camp in northern Tanzania where they met, married and started a family. Three years ago they made their way to the States and the transition into our fast paced culture hasn’t been easy. Vincent and Bahati are in the beginning process of applying for a Habitat for Humanity home.
The time spent framing the second story townhouse were the beginning of their “sweat equity” hours which is one of the qualifications as they pursue more permanent and affordable housing for their family. MAI’s connection with Habitat in Charlotte comes through site supervisor Josh Turner who said, “It has been an honor working for Habitat the past 3 years in Charlotte. My current role is to coordinate the materials, plans and inspections that go into building a home as well as leading the volunteers that come out and serve at my sites. It’s amazing watching a house come to life when many hands work towards the goal of providing a new home for a family in Charlotte. My job with Habitat and the chance to serve the community is a huge blessing.”
It was an amazing experience to work together as an office in a different capacity to help well-deserving people acheive the dream of bettering their lives in America.