Count your blessings and be thankful

  • By George Druyos
  • 21 Nov, 2017

Let our hearts be both full of thanks and giving

As we prepare for the holidays it resonates with me that all of us are blessed, but in many different ways. Sometimes the ones who have the least appear to appreciate their blessings the most.  The Bible reminds us that life’s greatest blessings come from knowing Christ and walking with Him. A person may be poor in a materialistic way—but rich beyond measure if they know Christ. When we think of the families that lost their homes due to hurricanes this year and how they will spend their holidays, I pray that their neighbors, churches and friends will invite them to be a part of their celebrations and reflections. This is a beautiful and joyous season to be both grateful and thankful for all that we do have no matter how big or small. This is the season where we not only count our blessings but make an even bigger effort to share our blessings with others.

I am truly blessed to work for Habitat for Humanity Berkeley County, a place where our mission is to serve others and our community. However, this season I feel called to step out of my comfort zone and do more for others and make a bigger impact. I think because I see so much destruction on the news and social media, one can’t help but want to help even more. My prayer for this season of reflecting and love is that we all hear the calling to serve others but not only hear it, that we act on it. Imagine if everyone performed one act of kindness on the same day. What a ripple effect that would cause around the world! I don’t know about you, but I am ready to see more good in the news than bad! We are all truly blessed in one way or another.  Let’s show our appreciation for our blessings by giving to others.  

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

#straightupblessed

By George Druyos 21 Nov, 2017

As we prepare for the holidays it resonates with me that all of us are blessed, but in many different ways. Sometimes the ones who have the least appear to appreciate their blessings the most.  The Bible reminds us that life’s greatest blessings come from knowing Christ and walking with Him. A person may be poor in a materialistic way—but rich beyond measure if they know Christ. When we think of the families that lost their homes due to hurricanes this year and how they will spend their holidays, I pray that their neighbors, churches and friends will invite them to be a part of their celebrations and reflections. This is a beautiful and joyous season to be both grateful and thankful for all that we do have no matter how big or small. This is the season where we not only count our blessings but make an even bigger effort to share our blessings with others.

I am truly blessed to work for Habitat for Humanity Berkeley County, a place where our mission is to serve others and our community. However, this season I feel called to step out of my comfort zone and do more for others and make a bigger impact. I think because I see so much destruction on the news and social media, one can’t help but want to help even more. My prayer for this season of reflecting and love is that we all hear the calling to serve others but not only hear it, that we act on it. Imagine if everyone performed one act of kindness on the same day. What a ripple effect that would cause around the world! I don’t know about you, but I am ready to see more good in the news than bad! We are all truly blessed in one way or another.  Let’s show our appreciation for our blessings by giving to others.  

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

#straightupblessed

By George Druyos 02 Nov, 2017

Why would I commit to completing a Half Ironman Triathlon in order to help raise money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity Berkeley County? Why would a single mom struggling to make ends meet and living in a nearly condemned house call on us for help?  Ironically, we both have faith and believe in something greater for our lives and believe we can make a change.

One year+ in this position and I believe more than ever in using this physical journey to be a voice to bring attention to the need for affordable housing in Berkeley County. We currently have 6 families in our program waiting for a home and another 4-6 who will qualify at some level to be placed on a wait list. Each selection process we review numerous applications of people praying they meet the Habitat qualifications. The need is 10 X greater than the level of funding we currently have to build and there are so many deserving individuals applying.  There are those who get up on cold mornings and have to use unsafe space heaters to heat their homes.  There are those who are raising young children in unsafe areas because it fits their budget. Then there are those who work 2, sometimes 3 jobs in order to pay rent for an apartment that is over-priced due to current economic conditions in our area. Whatever the reason for applying, each of these applicants and their children are depending on us to find funding to support them and their dream of owning a home .

So why the race?  I have made my rounds of asking for a donation and explaining the need with hopes of a financial commitment. Now I am going to put some skin in the game. I have committed to train and complete a 1.2 mile swim followed by a 56 mile bike ride and ending with a 13.1 mile run in order to show my dedication and bring awareness to this community need. This training will last over a year and will take 6-13 hours per week of training. Our partner families are required to put in sweat equity hours in order to qualify for their home. This is my way of putting in sweat equity hours to qualify for your donation.

The Berkeley Habitat goal is to raise $15,000 to complete the foundation of a home that can be built before the end of our fiscal year, June 30, 2018. This foundation goes deeper than concrete for a home, it is the foundation of a new home and life for a family in need. A place where a child will be able to sleep and know they are safe. A place where a mother and/or a father will be able to afford and plan for their children(s) future.

Will YOU partner with me on this journey and help support a foundation for families that need a home in our community?  Please click the donate button and help make an impact on the affordable housing needs in Berkeley County. Thank you in advance and God Bless. 

#straightupblessed

By George Druyos 29 Sep, 2017
My epiphany was about 6 years ago. It was then I discovered that there was a greater meaning and purpose to my life. I began to comprehend that there was a God who loved me for my weaknesses and strengths and who forgave me just for believing and following Him. This moment was life changing.

It was then I began to question my career path and began to feel the need to work towards something more meaningful. I began to pray that God would place the right opportunity in front of me. While running my construction business I met someone who was encouraging me to consider working for a non-profit. Something I had never considered. As if God said here it is, I stumbled upon the Executive Director position at Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County. The position was in line with my construction and management history and was a wonderful mission that mirrored exactly what I believed God was calling me to do. I applied, asked for prayers and the rest is history.

Never in my life had I experienced such an incredible sense of excitement to finally be embarking on fulfilling my purpose and calling. To be involved in a mission that builds hope and unity through the construction of homes and community development was exactly what I was seeking. However, I wanted to begin this journey differently than I had any other. I wanted every part of this mission to be much more relational and caring towards everyone we dealt with and I wanted that same feeling to infect everyone around me and my staff. It was my way of sharing the love and grace that God had and continues to give to me.

Each person on our staff has a genuine concern for the other and will do all they can to support each other for the success of our mission. But it goes further than that. The entire staff now has a personal connection with families and the communities we serve as well as with the volunteers who serve with us. We get to know each other on a level that is much deeper than the business at hand and we share this vision with those that work and build with us. This is what I feel has driven our success over the past year.
A simple and humble start to a new beginning that is filled with the promise of God’s love. A mission whose core value is "to spread the love of Jesus Christ."

#straightupblessed​  ​
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