Habitat for Humanity's Annual 'Building on Faith' Week Unites Churches and Faith Groups in Prayer and Action
AMERICUS, Ga., Sept. 12, 2003 — Churches and faith groups around the world are gathering to pray and work together in order to eliminate substandard housing during Habitat for Humanity International’s “Building On Faith” week, Sept. 14 – 20. Throughout the year, Habitat for Humanity serves as a vehicle for churches and the faith community to help families escape from substandard housing and move into a simple, decent home of their own.
“Churches and other faith groups work with Habitat to build houses that will bless families,” said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. “The Bible says that we should love our neighbor as ourselves. By building houses, people of faith and goodwill are showing their love and concern for their neighbors.”
During Building On Faith week, more than 40 Habitat affiliates around the world will participate in special activities. Habitat for Humanity International estimates that during Building On Faith week that 1,000 churches will be involved in building houses, constructing more than 350 homes in partnership with families in need.
Upon the completion of Building On Faith week, Habitat supporters and volunteers will pause on Sept. 21 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, a Christian ministry serving in 89 countries around the world, has build more than 150,000 homes since its founding in 1976. But as much as has already been accomplished, Fuller sees a greater need yet to be addressed.
“We have much to thank God for at Habitat for Humanity,” said Fuller. “But we must continue to seek His guidance as we continue the work He’s given us to do. That’s the essence of Building On Faith week—after all, ‘unless the Lord builds the house, we labor in vain.’”
View a list of this year’s events; then call Habitat at (800) 422-4828, ext. 2551, for contact information for the event nearest to you.
Building On Faith Events
Millard Fuller will be traveling to:
Ridgecrest, Calif.:Several churches will volunteer to frame four houses during the affiliate’s blitz build, Sept. 14.
Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas:Millard will throw out the first pitch at a Texas Rangers baseball game before speaking at New World United Methodist Church, Sept. 15.
Tulsa, Okla.:Thirteen churches will gather to build five houses and to celebrate the completion of Tulsa Habitat’s 100th house, Sept. 17.
Covington, La.:Churches will sponsor eight houses that will be dedicated or completed, Sept. 18.
Charlotte, N.C.:More than 35 churches will lend their support to help sponsor and build seven houses in celebration of Charlotte Habitat’s 20th anniversary, Sept. 19.
Canton, Ohio:Churches will sponsor half of the 12-house blitz build to celebrate Greater Canton Habitat’s 15th anniversary and 200th house completion, Sept. 20.
Cincinnati, Ohio:Seven churches will complete Cincinnati Habitat’s 100th house. Additionally, members of churches will gather to build eight houses, Sept. 21
Frankfort, Ky.:Habitat affiliates from across the state will gather to blitz build Kentucky’s 1,000th Habitat house in three days. Kentucky affiliates will also commit to build an additional 1,000 houses by 2008, Sept. 21.
Highlights of Building On Faith events in the United States:
Sierra Vista, Ariz.:Robin Shell, senior vice president of HFHI Programs, will speak at a blitz build.
Tucson, Ariz.:A faith house will be built during a “Building Freedom Day” celebration, Sept. 11. Robin Shell, senior vice president of Programs for HFHI, will speak at the service.
Hartford, Conn.:Faith communities have dedicated more than 350 volunteers to build three Habitat houses in seven days.
Wilmington, Del.: Local Christian, Jewish and Muslim organizations will attend a faith service and break ground on a house.
Washington, D.C.:Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and other groups will gather to build a house with a family in need. David Williams, executive vice president and chief operating officer for HFHI, will join the faith organizations in building.
Waterloo, Iowa:Three Habitat houses will be completed and dedicated during the week. Denny Bender, senior vice president of HFHI Communications, will speak at a service.
Lawrence, Kan.:Twelve churches will unite to build a house during the week. Denny Bender, senior vice president of HFHI Communications, will speak at their annual dinner.
Louisville, Ky.:Two Episcopal churches will build a house and celebrate their work on another Habitat house that was completed earlier in the year.
Madisonville, Ky.: Volunteers will gather to build four houses in a two-week blitz build.
Florence, Mass.:City officials, churches, college students and high school students will gather for a worship service.
Holland, Mich.:A house will be dedicated and a conference will be held for church leaders. Linda Fuller, co-founder of HFHI, and Rick Beech, director of Church Relations for HFHI, will speak at the conference.
Albemarle, N.C.:Fourteen churches will join together to blitz build a Habitat house in a two-week period. Paul Leonard, chairman of HFHI’s board of directors, will speak at the celebration.
Davidson, N.C.:Habitat will begin building one home sponsored by a church and bless the ground for a faith house. Paul Leonard, chairman of HFHI’s board of directors, will speak at the celebration.
Hickory, N.C.:Volunteers will begin building five new houses with more than 60 volunteers working daily. Ted Swisher, vice president of U.S. affiliates for HFHI, will speak at a fundraising dinner.
Lexington, N.C.:Habitat will put on a production of “The Cotton Patch Gospels.” Rebecca Hix, associate director of Church Relations for HFHI, will speak at a reception.
Los Lunas, N.M.:Six houses will be under construction during the week. Robin Shell, senior vice president of HFHI Programs, will speak at a prayer breakfast.
New York City:Clergy from various faith traditions will gather to pray and work together to commemorate the anniversary of Sept. 11.
Westchester County, N.Y.:Members of the community will work to build Habitat houses and they will host a prayer service in remembrance of Sept. 11.
Rochester, N.Y.:Local faith groups will sponsor and build five houses and host a community celebration service on Sept. 14.
Cleveland, Ohio:Volunteers from several faith groups will frame a two-story house in one week.
Coos Bay, Ore.:Nine churches will gather to build a house. Paul Leonard, chairman of HFHI’s board of directors, will speak at a celebration.
York, Penn.:Ten churches will begin building two houses and will hold a prayer service on Sept. 21.
Myrtle Beach, S.C.:Habitat will host celebrations with local churches. Ted Swisher, vice president of U.S. affiliates for HFHI, will speak at the celebration.
Spartanburg, S.C.:Two houses will be completed and a celebration will be held. Clive Rainey, director of HFHI’s 21st Century Challenge program, will be the guest speaker.
Conroe, Texas:David Williams, executive vice president and chief operating officer for HFHI, will join 19 churches, which will come together to build a house in partnership with people in need.
Lubbock, Texas:Churches and other local organizations will blitz build a house in partnership with a family in need.
Portland and Willamette, Ore.:Portland Habitat will blitz build eight homes during the week. Paul Leonard, chairman of HFHI’s board of directors, will speak at a celebration that will mark the completion of Oregon’s 500th Habitat house.
Danville, Va.:Firemen will blitz build a house to commemorate Sept. 11. Members of a local church will build a house as well. Rebecca Hix, associate director of Church Relations for HFHI, will speak at a prayer breakfast.
Richmond, Va.:Twelve churches will build a house with a family in need.
Tacoma, Wash.:More 70-area churches will support the building of three Habitat homes during the week. Paul Leonard, chairman of HFHI’s board of directors, will speak at a devotions service at the work site.
Huntington, W.Va.:Habitat will complete its 50th house in the area at a community-wide service. Rebecca Hix, associate director of Church Relations at HFHI, will speak at the event.
Highlights of Building On Faith week events around the world:
Bolivia and Ecuador:Habitat will host a construction celebration in these countries with churches, local businesses and other members of the community.
Indonesia:Five Habitat affiliates will celebrate Building On Faith with a “Sing& Build” theme. Concerts will be held with churches as a means to raise funds to build additional Habitat houses.
Mongolia: Ten churches will partner with three affiliates in the country to build two houses
Malaysia: Kuching Habitat will partner with five churches to build two houses.
Philippines: People of faith will gather to build 183 houses.
Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 89 nations have built and sold more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. http://www.habitat.org