AMERICUS, Ga., July 17 - Third Day, the three-time Grammy nominee and Dove Award-winning Group and Artist of the Year, will join Habitat for Humanity homeowner Amanda Jones and volunteers as they come together in Atlanta to build an affordable Habitat house with a local family in need Saturday, July 20.
As part of a partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, Third Day and their fans have raised more than $168,000 by committing a portion of each ticket sold during their spring and fall "Come Together" tour toward sponsoring eight Habitat houses, three of which are in the United States. Saturday's build at 642 Shelton Ave. in Atlanta kicks off one of the three U.S. houses; the other two houses are in Nashville, Tenn., and South Palm Beach County, Florida.
"We have an amazing view from stage," said Tai Anderson of Third Day, explaining the band's desire to help with Habitat for Humanity's mission to end poverty housing. "At every show, in every city, we see God's diverse people united in worship to the Lord. We hope to use this platform to challenge God's people to extend the unity of worship experienced at our concerts to a unity of worship expressed through service to the world around us."
Since their debut album in 1996, Third Day has earned 18 No. 1 radio singles, three Grammy nominations and 15 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Members of the Christian musical group say the title of their album, "Come Together," symbolizes their hope that the larger church community will adopt a "continuously unified spirit." Third Day is hoping to promote this unity in service through their partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
"Third Day is committing their time, talent and resources, and you can't ask for much more than that," said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. "They truly are putting their faith into action and demonstrating their tremendous commitment to Habitat by sponsoring eight houses and building side by side with future homeowners."
For Amanda Jones of Union City, Ga., the Third Day/Habitat for Humanity partnership means she and her niece, Breanna, 9, and nephew, Darius, 5, will have a modest, affordable home of their own. Jones, who works for Loomis Fargo and attends Mount Nebo Baptist Church, will build her Habitat house alongside Third Day members and volunteers Saturday. She will purchase the house by paying a no-profit, no-interest mortgage.
To find out more about Third Day's Come Together tour, please visit http://www.thirdday.com . For photographs or information about Habitat for Humanity International, log on to http://www.habitat.org .
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 120,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.