Mission Statement: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Join us to put your faith into action. We had great support from the Faith Community in Rapid City in 2011 and look forward to another year of service together in 2013. Complete your Group Application to get started!
Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit ecumenical Christian housing ministry inclusive of all faiths and ethnicities. We believe that every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent, affordable place to live in dignity and safety regardless of their race, religious preference, background, or creed. We encourage people of all faiths to work together to eradicate substandard housing.
The work of Habitat for Humanity is driven by the desire to give tangible expression to God’s love through the work of eliminating poverty housing. Habitat for Humanity partners with individuals of all faiths, or no faith. Our ministry provides an opportunity for people to put their faith and love into action and to bring diverse groups of people together to build homes and community.
Pictured left Pastors Build 2013: Family Heritage Alliance, BigHorn Canyon Community Church, First Church of God, Hillsview Evangelical Free Church, Fountain Springs Community Church and Rapid City Wesleyan Church.
Three key concepts
We are driven by the desire to give tangible expression to the love of God through the work of eliminating poverty housing. Habitat is a partnership founded on common ground — bridging theological differences by putting love into action. Habitat for Humanity bases our mission and methods on three key theological concepts:
Faith in Action. Habitat’s ministry is based on the conviction that to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, we must love and care for one another. Jesus Christ taught that the person who truly loves is the person who takes action. Our love must not be words only— it must be true love, which shows itself in action. Habitat provides many opportunities for people to put their faith and love into action. Habitat for Humanity offers these people of faith to act on the love that comes through that faith. We bring diverse groups of people together to make affordable housing and better communities a reality for everyone.
Theology of the Hammer. Habitat is a partnership founded on common ground— bridging theological differences by putting love into action. Everyone can use the hammer as an instrument to manifest God’s love. Habitat’s late founder, Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity, called this concept “the theology of the hammer.” Fuller, said that in regard to the diversity of humanity: “We may disagree on all sorts of other things…but we can agree on the idea of building homes with God’s people in need, and in doing so using biblical economics: no profit and no interest.” Fuller explained that “the Bible teaches that God is the God of the whole crowd. God’s love leaves nobody out and my love should not either.”
Economics of Jesus. When we act in response to human need, giving what we have without seeking profit, we believe God magnifies the effects of our efforts. We believe that God multiplies what a person can do when he or she gives freely and sacrificially without regard for personal gain. God makes the little that you can do into a lot. Together, the donated labor of construction volunteers, the support of partner organizations and the homeowners’ “sweat equity” make Habitat’s house building possible. By sharing resources with those in need, Habitat volunteers and supporters have made decent, affordable housing a reality for more than 135 families worldwide.