Habitat for Humanity Celebrates Christian Roots During Building on Faith Week
Americus, Ga. - September 14, 1998 - The sounds of hammering and hallelujahs will mingle this week as thousands of churches around the world team with Habitat for Humanity International to build houses with families in need.
Building on Faith is Habitat's annual weeklong celebration of its strong and continuing Christian heritage. This year, from Sept. 14-20, a vast array of churches and faith groups will provide labor and finances to put their faith into action by building simple, decent, affordable housing with families in need. Church members in more than 200 locations around the country will pick up hammers to build more than 300 new homes, create better communities and deepen friendships.
"We began Habitat for Humanity 22 years ago because we believed that the life and teaching of Jesus demand our faith be seen, not just heard," said Habitat's founder and president, Millard Fuller. "Building on Faith gives our Habitat for Humanity family a chance to formally recognize the commitment that drives us every day."
The highlight of this year's Building on Faith week will be the dedication of Habitat's 70,000th house, which is being constructed by church groups in Canton, Ohio. Fuller will lead the Sept. 19 dedication celebration, which also will feature commissioning of 17 volunteers to go to Jinoteca, Nicaragua, to build 10 houses as part of the affiliate's 10th anniversary celebration.
The Canton stop will be just one of eight Habitat worksites Fuller will visit in the United States, Canada and Guatemala during Building on Faith week. As well, Fuller will participate in a special "Houses That Congress Built" appreciation event on Capitol Hill Sept. 17. That event will honor the members of Congress who have helped build Habitat homes in 375 congressional districts this year.
Other highlights of this year's Building on Faith celebrations include:
• Fifteen houses will be blitz built in Charlotte, N.C., celebrating the Charlotte Habitat for Humanity affiliate's 15th anniversary.
• In Michigan, Habitat affiliates will blitz build 40 homes.
• All afiliates in the state of Colorado have recruited church partners to support Building on Faith events by building a total of 10 houses.
• The Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is planning to gather 100 clergy--Protestant, Catholic and others--to build on a site in Protestant West Belfast. Each day, Habitat homeowners from several areas of the world, including South Africa and Hungary, will be making presentations.
• In Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, church groups will build at least 20 houses. Local congregations have raised the money for some of the housing costs.
Building on Faith week will close with worship services all around the world in thousands of churches Sept. 20, the International Day of Prayer and Action for Human Habitat. This day is set aside each year to encourage churches to pray for those in need of shelter and guidance in what God would have them do to help eradicate poverty housing.
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. Habitat brings together people with resources and people in need to build simple, decent, affordable houses. The homes are sold to those in need at no profit, through no-interest loans. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife Linda, Habitat for Humanity has built homes providing shelter for more than 350,000 people worldwide. It has affiliates in every state of the United States and in 59 other countries around the world.