David Folkerds is a fearless leader, fearless with his friendship, his fellowship and his fanatical support of Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity.
When David retired from teaching 5th grade in the Robbinsdale School District, he devoted himself to service. He believes in the power of personal invitation and has been highly successful at recruiting hundreds of people to volunteer with his humble yet determined approach.
"What I admire most about David is that he has really embraced the power of personal invitation - face to face inviting people to donate, to participate, to sign up," commented fellow volunteer Marilyn Rausch. "He has a way of affirming people that every year they come back."
Nothing holds David back from making homes for happy families. He starts at the pulpit on Sundays using his humor and charm to recruit workers from Holy Nativity Church. His passion spreads to other Lutheran churches in the area, where he has been instrumental in getting others to join his team and even create team of their own.
On the building site, the young 73 year old is there every day from early dawn until the project is secured for the evening. Tireless in his help; handy with his skills. With so many new faces coming and going each day, David's is the friendly face that guides and manages the chaos, making the project come along.
"It feels good to help other people," commented David Folkerds. "The children that grow up in homes like this do better in school and are more likely to graduate from high school, and even more likely to go on to higher education."
Fearlessly extending his friendships, making a difference - not just in the lives of Habitat families, but the inspiration for so many other volunteers who join together with Thrivent Builds.
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