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Habitat for Humanity International dedicates Christian sculpture

Habitat for Humanity International dedicates Christian sculpture
‘Great Commission’ will greet visitors to Global Village & Discovery Center

AMERICUS, Ga., March 22, 2004 – Habitat for Humanity International will dedicate a Christian sculpture, “The Great Commission,” in the recognition area of its Global Village & Discovery Center, Thursday, April 1. The dedication is at 1:15 p.m.

Dr. Gary Cook, president of Dallas Baptist University, donated the sculpture, by artist Max Greiner Jr., to Habitat. Cook chartered the first official campus chapter for Habitat Humanity in 1987 when he was a professor at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Everyone is invited to attend the dedication of the sculpture, which depicts the world supported on two Bibles.

The Americus sculpture is different from “Great Commissions” elsewhere, says Michelle Dalva, director of the Global Village & Discovery Center.

On other sculptures, one Bible verse reads, “Go ye therefore and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you. Lo, I am with you always even unto the end of the world.” –Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:19-20.

Habitat’s sculpture, keeping with Habitat’s mission, reads, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Psalm 127:1, and “I was a stranger and you invited me in … whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” –Jesus Christ. Matthew 25:35, 40.

The other verses are: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” –Jesus Christ. John 3:16, and “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”–Jesus Christ. Matthew 24:35.

Other examples of Greiner’s works are displayed in Dallas, Houston, Pittsburgh, Korea and Toronto, Canada. Among those who hold his sculptures are the Rev. Dr. Billy Graham, Pope John Paul II, Dr. John Maxwell and Benny Hinn.

Among those expected for the dedication are Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat, Dr. Cook, ministers from the Americus and Sumter County areas, senior Habitat leadership and others.

Refreshments and tours of the Global Village & Discovery Center will follow the dedication. The village, which depicts both poverty housing and replicas of the homes Habitat builds in Africa, Asia and Central America, helps illustrate the ministry’s work around the world.

Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 92 nations have built and sold more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.