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Habitat for Humanity is Deeply Saddened by the Death of its Founder
Houston County Courier - August 2009
By Joe Garms,
The idea for Habitat for Humanity was born at Kiononia Farm, a Christian farming community founded in 1942 in rural southwest Georgia to be a “demonstration plot for the Kingdom of God.” Millard and Linda Fuller made their way to that demonstration plot in 1965.
By the time Millard Fuller turned 29, he had earned his first million dollars as an entrepreneur and attorney, but as his finances flourished, his health and marriage crumbled.
To save their marriage, the Miller and Linda Fuller decided to begin anew. They sold all that they owned, gave the money to the poor and in their searching, landed at Kiononia where they began soaking up the teachings of farmer, theologian and community founder Clarence Jordan.
In time, Jordan and Fuller launched a program of “partnership housing,” building simple houses in partnership with rural neighbors who were too poor to qualify for conventional home loans.
In 1976 the Fullers launched Habitat for Humanity International. By Habitat’s 25th anniversary, tens of thousands of people were volunteering with Habitat and more than 500,000 people were living in Habitat homes.
Habitat gained national focus when Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter became involved in the 1980’s.
Fuller is well known for his concept of the Theology of the Hammer. “We may disagree on all sorts of other things, baptism, communion, what night to have prayer meeting and how the preacher should dress, but we can agree on the imperative of the gospel to serve others in the name of the Lord. We can agree on the idea of building homes with God’s people in need, and in doing so using biblical economics: no profit and no interest. We can all agree on the use of the hammer as an instrument of God’s love.”
Fuller died in February at 74, after a brief illness.
Because of Jordan and Fuller citizens of Houston County have picked up the hammer and completed two houses, are making plans for the third one.