Ma, the homeowner of the 2017 Building on Faith home, credits her faith in God for her patience and persistence as she worked toward owning her own Habitat home.
We are happy to announce Ma’s home was dedicated on February 3, 2018.
Ma grew up in the Philippines. Like many Filipinos she started working at a very young age, when she was 13.
“The Philippines are very poor,” Ma says. “Everyone has to work hard and jobs are hard to find.” After graduating from high school at 16, Ma traveled to China and eventually Korea in search of work. There she met and married an American serviceman and relocated to what is now Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Divorced and with four small children, Ma began her career as a home care aid in 2010, a job that she feels brings her close to humanity. “In my job I see people who need help, and I realize we all need help.”
In 2011, Ma saw a sign advertising Habitat for Humanity in Tillicum. However, she was not able to afford to be a homeowner just yet. In January 2015, after carefully saving and planning, Ma applied and was accepted into Habitat’s homeownership program.
Ma completed her sweat equity hours working in the Habitat Store and at the Youth for Christ Center in Tillicum. “I went to work at 4am every day so I could start my sweat equity at 9am,” Ma says. She often worked split shifts so she could complete her hours and also be available for her children when they got home from school.
“I have strong faith and belief,” says Ma, who has attended non-denominational Christian churches her whole life. “I pray with my children every day.”
Ma believes that God works through ministries such as Habitat for Humanity to reach people. After nearly two years, Ma’s Habitat home will finally begin construction this spring. Ma says she doesn’t mind the delay because she knows God has a plan for her life.
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