JCWP 2001: Photo
World Leaders Build

, Korea

8 August 2001

   Wednesday, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn addressed a crowd of 400 volunteers and homeowners at the JCWP site in Taebaek, a former coal-mining town of 50,000. He spoke of the importance of building for the needy and of what it means to hold the JCWP in South Korea.

He expressed appreciation for President Kim Dae Jung's reconciliation efforts with North Korea. "Through Habitat for Humanity people reach out in the spirit of equality and mutual respect." Carter said. "We work ... in the name of Christ ... trying to understand others. This is why my wife and I volunteer with Habitat." Carter said he considers it an "honor and blessing" to work side by side with future Habitat homeowners and urged volunteers to continue the effort.

In speaking of former President Carter, Pastor Shin, president of the board of affiliates in Taegu, said, "He is the former president of the United States and now he is the president of humanity."

— reported by Mikel Flamm

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