In fact, we know that we are better together by developing and empowering the local church, mission organizations, corporations, and even individuals to implement our projects and programs through those who choose to use their skills to step up and take on leadership roles in their respective communities. This process enables us to truly love and connect with people, establish a sense of trust and rapport, and provide a high level of individual care to all of our projects.
-SETH RAY, Founder
In the summer of 2015 a few of us were on a mission trip to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. We had met up with a local pastor who was leading us to a place just outside the city known as Ouest. As we traveled, he insisted that we stop to visit the principal of a small school, which had been established after the earthquake in 2010.
What we saw wasn't a school; it was a dilapidated building made from leftover lumber and plywood. And even though the building was small, it contained more than 300 children.
Our hearts were broken. But the principal believed – he believed that one day they would have an actual school. He believed that he was impacting the lives of all those children. He believed that what he was working toward - mattered.
I remembered later on I had journaled that someday we would rebuild this school. And two years later, we did!
After returning home from that second trip, I couldn’t stop thinking about the people this building would impact: the kids who would be attending the new school, the parents that would stand in its shade all morning, and all the people living in the community who would travel for hours to draw water from the well next to the school building.
Why were they journeying so far? Wasn't there something closer to where they lived? I knew there had to be more we could do. Hundreds of people were visiting this school nearly every day throughout the day and not because there were attending school but because they needed water. And that’s when it hit me… What if an entire community was built ON TOP OF WATER. These precious people were coming for water but couldn’t they benefit from that building? What if ON TOP OF WATER we built schools and churches, and medical clinics, businesses, agriculture and even homes? What if we built entire communities around water? What if that one building was more than just a school? What if it were also a life center where the adults in the community could learn a trade? What if it was? What if these people could visit on the weekends and hear about the love of Jesus? And what would happen if the construction strategy could be improved? Better yet: what if we could provide an opportunity for the people in the community? What if that school building was meant for something more, meant for a greater purpose, or for a greater impact?
That’s when go.build.love. was founded. It was created to build stronger communities on top of water because communities matter and the people that make up those communities matter.