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Volunteers celebrate Lenten season by building Habitat for Humanity houses in Mexico

ATLANTA (Feb. 6, 2008) – Nearly 200 volunteers will travel to Mexico to build more than 20 Habitat for Humanity houses as part of the 2008 Lent Build. The homes will be built between Feb. 4 and March 22, in two locations near Mexico City.

The volunteers are from more than one dozen U.S. church groups that will each spend one week building in Mexico. In addition to donating their labor, volunteer groups also will contribute two-thirds of the funding for the houses.

“The involvement of these volunteers represents a special opportunity to practice hope and love by building houses with families in need,” said José Luis Villaseñor, Habitat for Humanity’s manager of International Church Partnerships. “By uniting with local and international groups to engage in missions, volunteers are able to celebrate a richer participation of Easter working together to care more for humanity.”

The Lent Build began as a way to celebrate the Lenten season by serving families in need of decent, safe and affordable housing. Throughout the seven-week long build, volunteers will be encouraged to worship together during daily devotions.

“As a part of our faith in Christ Jesus, we are committed to making a difference in the world,” said retired Bishop Gary Gloster, a Lent Build volunteer from North Carolina. “The Lent Build 2008 has given us the opportunity, as we live out our faith, to put hands, feet, hearts and souls to an outreach project in which we interact with sisters and brothers from other parts of the world. We look forward to working together during this Lenten time so that we will, when the 40 days are over, sing with joy, ‘Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!’ ”

This is the second annual Habitat for Humanity Lent Build. In Brazil last year, 40 houses were built with families in need of affordable housing.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.