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Habitat’s Building on Faith honors church partners

Habitat for Humanity honors church partners with annual Building on Faith week

AMERICUS, Ga. (Sept. 9, 2005) — More than 600 churches and faith groups around the world are coming together Sept. 11-18 to celebrate Habitat for Humanity International’s annual Building on Faith week. 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,” said Rick Beech, director of 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.”

During the week, more than 50 Habitat affiliates and national offices around the world will participate in special activities. Habitat for Humanity International estimates that more than 600 faith communities will be involved in helping construct more than 130 homes in partnership with families in need.

Building on Faith events around the world will include creative ways for churches to worship and build with Habitat. Many affiliates are organizing Apostles Build projects, where 12 churches come together to serve as the apostles of Jesus served by building a home.

At the end of Building on Faith week on Sept. 18, Habitat supporters and volunteers will pause for the International Day of Prayer and Action for Human Habitat. 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, headquartered in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for one million people. www.habitat.org.