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Jennet Borla-Alcordo is the associate director of Governance, Risk Management and Compliance at Habitat for Humanity International. She is based in Makati City, Philippines. Read her Advent reflection below.

When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved. After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed.” - Acts 27:20-22

Before setting sail, Paul gave a warning of danger. However, the men pushed through because so much time had been lost already. They met the storm, took the battering and lost all hope. But then there was a promise of deliverance to meet their goal.

In our work at Habitat for Humanity, we will always meet our own versions of a storm. In this ever-changing housing landscape, there will be roadblocks, discouragement and criticism. To face these challenges, just as those in the boat with Paul did, we need to continue on and keep our courage. We may take some beatings along the way, but we can adjust, retool and reposition. By keeping hope and pushing on, we will be blessed to see the victory from the fruits of our work.

This Advent season, as we celebrate the hope found in Jesus, we are reminded that He “came to seek and to save the lost,” Luke 19:10, New International Version. Let us never forget that we are not lost or alone. Whether winning, losing or still trying, God’s promise of faithfulness for the work He has started is reassuring.


Dear Lord, thank You for sending Your son Jesus to us. As You use each one of us in this ministry, give us the strength and the courage to move forward with joy in our hearts. In times when our paths seem dim, please remind us that Jesus is our ultimate hope.

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