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Dan Blacketor and five other volunteers from Granger Community Church in South Bend, Ind. are working in Valdosta, GA. this week.
Habitat helps church
put its faith into action

By Shawn Reeves

For Valdosta volunteer Dan Blacketor, “Housing gives hope, a sense of security … it allows you to build on someone’s life.”

That is largely what brought Dan and five other volunteers from Granger Community Church in South Bend, Ind., to the JCWP this week. Mission work is an opportunity to put their faith into action, Dan says, and Habitat is a perfect example of that.

“It has allowed me to take away much more than I give,” he says. “Mission work refreshes and helps us see what God is doing in communities around the world.”

Though only 15 years old, Granger Community Church sees as many as 6,500 members come through its doors during a weekend. As large as it is, it is still growing 25 percent to 30 percent per year, according to Dan—and still is focused on serving people through various outreach opportunities.

He says that the Granger Community Church is a purpose-driven church, approaching its work in the context of five purposes: to love God, to love neighbor, to evangelize, to build up and to mentor. Habitat for Humanity, Dan says, provides a hands-on opportunity to fulfill many of these purposes. It’s a perfect way to serve on a very practical level, he says, and of putting faith into action by helping low-income families find the housing they so desperately need.

Granger Community Church plans to blitz build a house during Habitat for Humanity’s Building on Faith week in September and expects to build two more houses in 2004. Dan, himself, has been involved with his local St. Joe County Habitat affiliate for more than a decade, serving on the board of directors in addition to building houses.

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