The Publication of Habitat for Humanity International | October / November 2001
Moved to Compassion, Making a Difference
Grassroots involvement and local initiative is vital to Habitat's work of house building and community building. In that regard, it is so important to look to the life and teachings of Jesus. After all, he is the primary motivation behind the growing movement of Habitat for Humanity. Jesus was moved by compassion. In story after story in the Bible, we learn of actions that Jesus took because he cared: a blind man restored to sight, a hungry multitude fed, lepers restored to health, a sick man healed. In the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus tells of a simple man who sees a person beside the road, robbed and beaten, left by others. The Samaritan binds up the injured man's wounds and takes him to get treatment. In each of these instances, "local initiative" was taken. A need was at hand and help was extended – compassionate, loving, healing help. This is what happens in the ministry of Habitat. People see their neighbors living in undesirable situations and they take action to make things better. This local action thoughtful, organized and aggressive goodwill is at the heart of Habitat's worldwide movement.
A year-end gift to Habitat for Humanity is the perfect way to share life's blessings with people in need of safe, decent shelter.
Habitat for Humanitys founder and president, Millard Fuller, travels around the nation sharing Habitats message.
Stokes County, N.C., Stokes county Habitat for Humanity/1,600th U.S. affiliate;
Oct. 3-4: Westchester Co., N.Y., Habitat for Humanity of Westchester Co.; Jim Killoran,
Oct. 5: Worcester, Mass., Habitat for Humanity of Greater Worcester Co.; Nancy Stell-Kiely,
Oct. 6: Springfield, Mass., Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity;
Oct. 22: Akron, Ohio, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Akron; Holly Miller,
Oct. 23: Columbus, Ohio, Circle of Hope Celebration; Terri Bate,
Phoenix, Ariz., Valley of the Sun Habitat for Humanity;
Los Angeles, Calif., Habitat Los Angeles; Don Abbe, (213) 975-9760
Orange County, Calif., Orange County Habitat for Humanity;
Little Rock, Ark., Shepherd Center of Little Rock;
Little Rock, Ark., Pulaski County Habitat for Humanity; Charlotte Grumbles,
Hot Springs, Ark., Garland County Habitat for Humanity; John Goodman,
Macon, Ga., Mercer University/ Baptist Student Union Building Dedication; Chris Fuller,
Fort Worth, Texas, Fort Worth Area Habitat for Humanity / Mental Health Partnership House Dedication; Gail Ryan,
Nov. 28-30: Guatemala, HFH Guatemalas 10,000th House Celebration; Torre Nelson,
Boston, Mass., United Methodist Foundation of New England; Gary Melville, (603) 329-4444, ext. 13
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