The Rev. Aaron Horton is inviting area residents to take part in a project that builds more than walls for a home.

It’s a project designed to build hope.

And give participants a chance to enjoy some fellowship.

This is the second year that Fremont Church of the Nazarene will host a Home Build. Area residents are invited to take part in the event from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 26 in the church parking lot at 960 N. Johnson Road.

The church is teaming up with the Fremont Area Habitat for Humanity and Crossroads Missions of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Crossroads works with Habitat and an organization like the church, organizing the project and makes sure volunteers have the needed materials and that the build runs efficiently.

“We’ll work on upward of 30 different home panels that when they’re put together make up the inside walls of a home,” said Horton, lead pastor at the local Nazarene church.

The walls will be used for a home in Fremont.

“Anybody and everybody can participate in this. There’s no age limit,” Horton said. “Everybody is welcome and invited.”

That means individuals and families with children can participate. Teams can come from businesses and churches.

Volunteers come to the church parking lot, where they’ll divide into teams and work on the panels. After the project is finished, volunteers are given Sharpie markers with which they can write Bible verses or other words of encouragement on the wall panels.

“On Sunday (Aug. 27) after our second service, we’ll load up all the panels onto a flatbed truck and drive it to the home site,” Horton said.

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Last year, approximately 120 people from throughout the community helped construct 32 wall panels.

Horton was a staff pastor at a church in Dayton, Ohio, when Crossroads Missions came there about four years ago.

“I got involved and my kids got involved and my kids loved it,” he said. “I’ll never forget seeing my son with a hammer and working on a home and being able to talk to him about why this is important — to care about others and to care about our community.

“It’s a great way for children to be able to feel what it’s like to do something for someone else,” he added.

Horton believes this endeavor is a great team-building and family-building exercise. And it’s an opportunity to come alongside a Habitat family that’s working to own a home. It helps build hope with some hammers and nails.

“It’s a great way to care about your community,” he said, “and to teach your family about what it means to give back to your community.”

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Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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