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Habitat celebrates 10th anniversary of ‘Building on Faith’

Habitat for Humanity celebrates faith partners during ‘Building on Faith’

AMERICUS, Ga., Sept. 8, 2004 — More than 1,500 churches and faith groups around the world are coming together, Sept. 12-19, to celebrate Habitat for Humanity International’s 10th anniversary of “Building on Faith.” Each year the worldwide housing ministry designates Building on Faith week as a time when churches and faith groups celebrate their work in the community by building Habitat homes.

“People of faith are the foundation of Habitat for Humanity’s work,” says the Rev. Rick Beech, director of U.S. Church Relations for Habitat for Humanity International. “They give their time and money to help families who wouldn’t have a decent place to live without their support. Building on Faith is Habitat’s way of getting churches involved and celebrating their work.”

During the week, more than 100 Habitat affiliates around the world will participate in special activities. Habitat for Humanity International estimates that more than 1,500 faith communities will be involved in helping construct more than 400 homes in partnership with families in need.

For the 10th anniversary, events will include creative ways for churches to swing a hammer with Habitat. Many churches will host “Apostle Builds,” where 12 churches gather for fellowship and to build a home. Other churches will host fundraisers such as asking each church member to donate a dime a day through out the year to pay for an entire Habitat home built during Building on Faith.

Upon the completion of Building on Faith week, Habitat supporters and volunteers will pause on Sept. 19 for the International Day of Prayer and Action for Human Habitat, where people around the world pray for those in need of shelter. This annual day of prayer was initiated by Habitat for Humanity International in 1983 to make housing a matter of conscience in the faith community.

Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is a Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. By the end of 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house and more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes they helped build and are buying through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.